A client came in to see me 8 weeks post-surgery recovering from a fracture on his right hand, 3rd metacarpal. He was involved in an altercation at a club 3.5 months ago and his right hand came out second best when his fist hit a wall.
I looked at the x-ray pre and post-surgery and told him that his right hand looks like the Six Million Dollar Man’s bionic hand. His 3rd metacarpal was made up of metal braces and nuts and bolts. He is a carpenter and has now had to be heavily reliant on his left hand to do must of the work. The inflammation, pain and stiffness had been exuberated by the cold weather.
I knew I had to promote blood circulation through the hand and warm the area. I did not want to acupuncture an area that was inflamed, stiff and painful. In this case, I liked to acupuncture the left hand to reduce the pain in the right hand. They both are homologous structures that work in the same way, so I decided to acupuncture the good hand to manage the pain and stiffness of the opposite hand. Whilst the needles were in the left (good hand), I placed a heat-lamp over the right (injured) hand and asked my client to move his wrist and fingers during the treatment process and assess the degree of pain relief he was experiencing from the acupuncture treatment.
My client came in for 6 treatments over a period of a month. He reported that the pain did come back between treatments but the pain continued to reduce following each treatment and he was able to utilise his right hand a lot better at work. I used numerous acupuncture points but my favourite acupuncture points for him were the 3 Wolverines. I certainly get a kick helping my clients get back to doing what they love.
Treatment outcomes differ between clients, it is important to consult with your acupuncturist to see how they can help.
Jeffrey Fricot – Synerqi Wellness Centre
It’s the middle of winter and arthritic sufferers are doing it tough. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help manage arthritic pain, for example, tenderness, stiffness and swelling felt in joints triggered by cold weather by applying ginger moxa to affected areas.
As long as there is no heat or warmth found in the body or joints ginger moxa for arthritis involves directly placing thin slices of ginger on specific acupuncture points and burning the moxa (mugwort herb) on top of the ginger slices. The ginger and moxa contain warming properties which penetrate into the points thus dispersing cold from the joints and increasing blood and Qi circulation, relieving joint pain and stiffness.
This ancient practice is a natural and effective treatment form for many arthritic sufferers who experience discomfort triggered by the cold.
Click here to jump to our website page on arthritis, and find out more about when ginger moxa for arthritis might be a recommended treatment option for you, and how TCM diagnoses and manages the various forms of arthritic pain triggered by the cold, heat, wind, dampness, dryness or a combination of any of these.
Here’s a 7min video showing various lifestyle choices and natural remedies including moxa therapy which may help manage arthritis pain. If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to call us.
Wishing you good health,
Jeff Fricot – TCM Practitioner, SynerQi Wellness Centre
You have landed on SynerQi Wellness Centre’s blog spot. Here you’ll find some write-ups from SynerQi’s head TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioner, Jeff Fricot. He’ll be writing about all TCM related things. Blog topics will embrace the practice of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese massage (Tui Na), combination therapy to Qi Gong, Kung Fu and of course other ancient medical practices such as moxibustion and cupping. Patients, fellow practitioners and anyone interested in natural medicine will find these blogs useful.
Wishing you good health,
Angelica – editor & clinic coordinator
SynerQi Wellness Centre