Ride the wave, people!

Cupping is the new black, thanks to the Olympics. Even though the games are done, this will be on the radar for a while….until America sees something else shiny. Do your best to educate your clients about what cupping is and what it isn’t.

Want more information on cupping? Check out Cupping 101.

Cat’s TCM Notes
Master Tung Point Reference Section - Cat Calhoun, L.Ac. creator of Cat's TCM Notes, a learning resource for students, practitioners, and patients of Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine.I’m Cat from Cat’s TCM Notes and I’m dedicated to keeping both myself and you educated about Chinese medicine, acupuncture, herbal medicine, energetic treatment theory, and treatment protocols.

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. - San Cha points Master Tung's PointsI 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.

Screen Shot 2016-03-30 at 7.27.35 PMUse 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.

Post and Page Mash-up

Lateral Epicondylitis or Tennis Elbow
Updated by Cat on April 10, 2016.

Page updates include Master Tung treatment protocols, e-stim, TCM, and herbal treatment options.

Neck Pain Treatment Options
Updated by Cat on April 10, 2016

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.

Low Back Pain Referring to Groin – A Case Study
Posted in CatsTCMNotes Blog on October 8, 2015

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?
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Cluster Headaches
Posted on January 18, 2016 by cat

These headaches are often described with words like “ice pick through the head” or “screwdriver through the eye.” Cluster-Headaches-DevilThese 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?
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