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I’ve been in practice 5 years now. I am dedicated to keeping my skills current and to always learning new things. Lately I’ve been searching for ways to treat pain with fewer needles and better results. Why? Because most of the patients that initially seek out acupuncture come to people like me for pain relief and pain control. If I do my job as effectively as possible I make believers out of skeptics and help people out.
I am getting great results for pain patients (and for many other chronic ailments) by using Master Tung techniques and protocols. As I learn I am creating a Master Tung reference here online, both for my use and for yours. I’ve included a Point Locator section for frequently used Tung points as well as sections on Treatment Protocols, and Master Tung Theory. Points from Dr. Young’s and Dr. Maher’s books are included.
Use the search button at the top right of any CatsTCMNotes page (look for the magnifying glass that looks like the one to the left) to search by point name or by point number. You can also visit the pages from the menu to find points you’re looking for or to just learn more about Tung style acupuncture.
The point location reference includes location and best methods to locate, point indications, best clinical use for the points, suggested point combinations, and pictures to help you use them in your clinic setting.
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Page updates include Master Tung treatment protocols, e-stim, TCM, and herbal treatment options.
A brief Cat’s TCM Notes page with some excellent Master Tung neck pain treatment options that are based on the location of the pain based on the channel affected. Give it a try! I’ve been getting great and lasting results with these.
I learned all about sciatic pain and low back pain in school. From a TCM perspective you look for injury, treat any Kidney deficiency, cup the back, put needles into Bl 23 and Gb 30 and/or Huanzhong, needle Bladder 40, yadda yadda yadda….you know where I’m going with this, right? Of course you do. It’s pretty common and probably describes the treatment I give for about 50% of my patients.
But what about when the pain refers to the front of the hip, anterior thigh, and groin?
These headaches are often described with words like “ice pick through the head” or “screwdriver through the eye.” These headaches are cyclical, often occurring at about the same time each day for days, weeks, or even months at a time. Many people with cluster headaches get them a couple of hours after going to sleep at night and wake in pain so severe they cannot sleep. The pain is so intense that it is not uncommon for cluster migraine patients to think about suicide.
How can you help patients with cluster headaches?