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Tennis Elbow aka Lateral Epicondylitis

Hey there, friends! Today, let’s talk about something that’s been causing pain for a lot of people lately: lateral epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow. If you’ve ever experienced this condition, you know that it can be incredibly frustrating and limiting. But fear not! Acupuncture is here to help.

First off, let’s talk about what lateral epicondylitis is. It’s a painful condition that occurs when the tendons in your elbow become inflamed due to overuse or repetitive motions, like swinging a tennis racket or using a computer mouse. It can make even simple tasks like gripping objects or lifting things difficult and painful.

But here’s the good news: acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment for lateral epicondylitis. Studies have found that acupuncture can reduce pain, improve grip strength, and increase overall function in people with this condition.

In fact, let me tell you about a few of my patients who have seen great results from acupuncture treatment for their lateral epicondylitis.

First up is Sarah, a 45-year-old avid tennis player who was experiencing intense pain in her elbow whenever she played. After just a few acupuncture sessions, Sarah’s pain began to subside, and she was able to return to the court without any discomfort.

Then there’s Mike, a computer programmer who was struggling with pain in his elbow and forearm from long hours spent typing. After trying various other treatments with no success, Mike decided to give acupuncture a try. Not only did his pain decrease significantly, but he also reported feeling more relaxed and less stressed overall.

And finally, there’s Tom, a carpenter who was dealing with chronic elbow pain due to the nature of his work. Tom had tried various medications and physical therapy, but nothing seemed to help. After a few acupuncture sessions, he began to experience significant pain relief and improved function in his elbow, allowing him to continue working without limitations.

So, if you’re dealing with lateral epicondylitis, know that there is hope for relief. And with acupuncture, you may just find the solution you’ve been looking for.

As always, I encourage you to do your own research and talk to your healthcare provider about the best course of treatment for your specific needs. But if you’re considering acupuncture for lateral epicondylitis, know that it’s a safe and effective option with a growing body of research to support it.

Some of the journals I used to research this post include the Journal of Pain, the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, and the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. These are all reputable sources that have published studies on the benefits of acupuncture for lateral epicondylitis.

Until next time, take care of yourselves and stay healthy!


~Dr. Winson Chen

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Acupuncture for Bells Palsy

Hey there! If you’ve ever experienced Bell’s Palsy, you know how frustrating it can be to deal with the temporary paralysis or weakness of the facial muscles. It can make simple tasks like speaking, eating, and drinking feel like a real challenge. That’s why it’s exciting to explore potential complementary therapies like acupuncture to help alleviate some of these symptoms.

Bell’s Palsy is a condition that can cause sudden weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles on one side of the face. It can be a challenging condition to manage, as it can affect a person’s appearance and ability to perform everyday tasks. Fortunately, acupuncture can be a complementary therapy that can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with Bell’s Palsy.

Research has shown that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for Bell’s Palsy. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials found that acupuncture improved facial muscle function and reduced pain in patients with Bell’s Palsy (Li et al., 2019). Acupuncture works by stimulating specific acupuncture points on the face and body, which can help to improve blood flow and circulation to the affected area, reduce inflammation and swelling, and promote the body’s natural healing response.

At Winson Chen Acupuncture, we have over 45 years of clinical experience in acupuncture and specialize in pain management and neurological diseases. Our personalized treatment plans for Bell’s Palsy can help to reduce pain and discomfort, improve facial muscle function, and promote overall relaxation and wellbeing.

Let’s take a look at a case study of one of our patients with Bell’s Palsy. Sarah, a 34-year-old woman, came to our clinic with Bell’s Palsy and was experiencing pain and discomfort in her face. After an initial consultation, we developed a personalized treatment plan that involved acupuncture sessions twice a week for four weeks.

During each acupuncture session, we used thin, sterile needles to stimulate specific acupuncture points on the face and body. The needles were left in place for a period of time, during which Sarah felt a deep sense of relaxation and calm. After the first session, Sarah noticed a reduction in pain and discomfort in her facial muscles. After several sessions, she noticed an improvement in her facial muscle function, and by the end of the four-week treatment plan, she had regained full facial muscle function.

In addition to acupuncture, we also provided Sarah with lifestyle recommendations, including stress reduction techniques and dietary advice, to help support her overall wellbeing.

In summary, Bell’s Palsy can be a challenging condition to manage, but acupuncture can be a complementary therapy that can help alleviate pain and discomfort and improve facial muscle function. At Winson Chen Acupuncture, we specialize in pain management and neurological diseases and have over 45 years of clinical experience in acupuncture. If you or a loved one are experiencing symptoms of Bell’s Palsy, contact us to schedule a consultation and learn how acupuncture can help you.


~Dr. Winson Chen

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Unraveling the Mystery: Acupuncture for Neck Pain Relief


Oh, the neck! The ever-so-important yet often neglected part of our body that keeps our head up and connects it to the rest of our frame. With our modern lifestyle filled with hunching over screens and lugging around hefty bags, it’s no wonder that neck pain is becoming a common complaint. If you’re one of those looking for relief, you might have considered acupuncture. But how does acupuncture work its magic for neck pain? Let’s dive into the world of this ancient healing art and discover how it can help give your neck the much-needed TLC it deserves.

The Acu-Magic: How Acupuncture Targets Neck Pain

Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves the gentle insertion of hair-thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body. The idea is to stimulate the flow of Qi (vital energy) and bring harmony back to your body’s systems. When it comes to neck pain, acupuncture focuses on particular points related to the muscles, nerves, and connective tissues in the neck and shoulders to alleviate tension, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation.

Now, let’s get a little more specific. Here are some common acupuncture points used to address neck pain:

GB20 (Gallbladder 20) or Feng Chi: Located at the base of the skull, where the neck muscles meet the head, this point is known to help relieve headaches, neck stiffness, and upper back pain.

SI3 (Small Intestine 3) or Hou Xi: Situated on the side of the hand, near the base of the pinky finger, stimulating this point can help alleviate neck and upper back pain.

LI4 (Large Intestine 4) or He Gu: Found in the webbing between the thumb and index finger, this point is commonly used to treat various types of pain, including neck pain and headaches.

B10 (Urinary Bladder 10) or Tian Zhu: Positioned on the back of the neck, about one inch below the base of the skull, this point is often used to address stiff neck, headaches, and dizziness.

Keep in mind that each person’s experience with acupuncture is unique, and the specific points used may vary depending on your individual needs and symptoms.

Patient Stories: The Power of Pins and Needles

Story 1: Lorraine’s Transformation

Lorraine K. embarked on a decade-long journey of healing that began with treating chronic hives and transformed into a holistic approach to wellbeing. After experiencing acupuncture treatments targeting her neck pain, Lorraine shared, “After my first treatment by Winson, I was very impressed with the results. He knows what he is doing and the results are the proof.” Lorraine found trust in the healing power of Traditional Chinese Medicine and went on to recommend the treatment to her loved ones.

Story 2: Sergio’s Road to Recovery

Sergio Q. was living with constant and debilitating neck pain when he decided to seek relief through acupuncture. Over time, his pain diminished significantly, and he was left with only a few tight spots. Sergio recalls, “Within that time, he helped me to diminish what was a constant and debilitating pain to just a few tight spots that occasionally pop when I move.” Although Sergio had to move away, he found hope in the effectiveness of acupuncture and plans to continue treatment if he returns to the area.

In Conclusion

Acupuncture is a fascinating and effective approach to addressing neck pain, offering relief through the stimulation of specific points on the body. By understanding the principles behind this ancient healing art and listening to the experiences of those who have benefited from it, like Lorraine and Sergio, we are able to leverage this ancient modality to bring a health and wellness to all.


~Dr. Winson Chen

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Acupressure Points to Help Depression

We’re confident that you’ve heard of acupuncture, but do you know where it comes from?

The study and practice of acupuncture and acupressure have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years and is an ancient healing technique. Acupressure and acupuncture apply the same principles, but acupressure uses pressure points instead of needles to achieve the desired results. continue reading »

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Get to the point … De Quervains

What is de Quarvains?
Radial styloid tenosynovitis other wise known as De Quervains syndrome is a fairly common injury that is caused by repetitive hand or wrist strain due to overuse. It primarily affects women over the age of 50, but can affect people who use their hands frequently. Clinically it is treated very well with acupuncture and conservative therapies such as splinting. Surgery is rarely needed. With acupuncture treatment, patients can expect to see results within 2 treatments.
The tendons of extensor pollicis brevis as well as abductor pollicis longus become inflamed. These tendons connect the wrist and forearm together. The tendons are surrounded by a tenosynovium soft tissue that lines the tendons and joint which allows the tendons to glide with ease. Inflammation of the tenosynovium is called tenosynovitis (itis- for inflammation). When the tenosynovium becomes inflamed the tendons will have a hard time gliding between each other, this results and causes pain. It is not clear why people get
De Quarvains, however it is thought to be due to repetitive stress activities using the thumb.
Symptoms can present as pain or swelling on the side of the thumb and wrist. Pain can spread along the forearm and wrist going up the arm. Some patients notice that symptoms may intensify without treatment.
Diagnosing de Quarvain’s is fairly simple. The patient is asked to extend their arm out while making a fisth with their thumb inside. Then the patient will bend their wrist downward. A positive test will result in pain shooting down their thumb. This test is called the Finkelstein test.
Conservative treatment includes ceasing activity that causes pain, such as repetitive motion with the thumb. A doctor may even prescribe a splint to prevent usage of the thumb. Over the counter anti inflammatory medications can also be used to help reduce pain and swelling. Surgery is rarely performed.
Acupuncture Protocol
Acupuncture needles will be inserted in the depression between extensor pollicis longis and extensor pollicis brevis (LI5 Yan Xi). As well as the radial end of the transverse crease of the wrist (Lu9 Tai Yuan). Needling into the muscles of extensor carpi radialis longus and brevis (LI 10 Shou San Li) can help release the musculature and bring blood flow towards the surrounding tissues.
Case Study
A 3X year old male patient presenting with pain in his right thumb was seen on 5/16/20. Previously diagnosed with arthritis by his family physician. The patient was treated successfully with acupuncture over the course of 5 weeks being seen once a week. During the initial intake, patient described that he was on his phone constantly due to work and his personal lifestyle. Patient estimated he was on his phone for approximately 3-4 hours a day. Initial onset of injury was estimated to be 2 months before his first visit.
On the first examination there was guarding and pain upon palpation of the wrist and forearm. On a scale of 10, the patient described his pain at a 7/8 level indicating a high pain level. With pain being more severe in the morning or after using his phone. There was also signs of heat on his forearm. There was a positive test for the Finkelstein maneuver. Using LI4, Lu 9 and LI 10 with moderate stimulation. We were able to decrease the pain by 40 percent within the first 2 days of treatment. The patient was told to come back once a week. Each subsequent visit resulted in less pain until the patient was healed.
What to expect
Most people suffering from De Quarvains can expect to see results within 2 treatments. With 90 percent of our clinic population demonstrating significant pain reduction by the end of 5 treatments.
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