During my community clinic in Southwest Austin we had a patient that wanted to be seen for dizziness. Her husband was very concerned and was hoping that acupuncture can help with dizziness. His wife was suffering for the 3 weeks. I assured them that I have treated dizziness and acupuncture can help with the dizziness and vertigo. Chinese herbal therapy also helps with dizziness, but for this treatment we only needed a couple of needles.
This patient was a middle aged woman that was suffering for the 3 weeks of dizziness. The husband claimed she they sought help from their doctor. They did tests and imaging. Nothing was found and they were left with no diagnosis or solution to the problem. That is how they ended up in my Southwest Austin community acupuncture clinic.
In order to understand dizziness, we need to understand Qi. Qi can be a difficult concept to grasp because we cannot see it. Western and modern medicine need to see the mechanism. They will diagnose through physical assessments or imaging that will give them a finding. Whether or not there is a finding it is still information and useful. For me, an acupuncturist, I try to understand what the Qi is doing.
We do not have an equivalent concept to Qi in our language so we often describe it as energy. Energy is a very loose term for Qi, but it is a start. So Qi is supposed to perform in a certain way in our bodies for our bodies to function as they should. If someone is dizzy, that means that there is too much Qi in the head or too little. If there is too much Qi in the head, then the acupuncturist needs to descend the Qi back down. If there is too little, then herbal therapy and a constitutional treatment is necessary.
In the case of my new patient, her dizziness was an excess presentation of Qi. My method of assessment is to palpate specific regions and channels on her foot. I press the point or region and ask the patient if her symptoms have changed. First I did the right foot and we found nothing. Next I did the left foot and we found the channel. I found the channel means I was able to narrow down which channel to treat which was Lower Foot ShaoYang.
I only needed 4 needles to change her dizziness. I took less than 15 minutes. There was a dramatic change in the way she moved. When she first came in the patient could barely move comfortably. Her eyes were glazed and she clearing was not feeling well. After her treatment she was able to sit up without putting her hand on her head. Her eyes and expression were markedly better.
I encouraged follow up treatments. The reason is because there is still a cause for her Qi rising to her head. First we needed to relieve the symptom, but if the mechanism is not addressed the Qi could do something else and cause a new variety of symptoms.
I offer monthly Community Acupuncture Clinics in Southwest Austin on the 4th Sunday of the month starting at 2 pm. It’s a cost effective way for you to meet your acupuncturist and assess if acupuncture is right for you.
You can also call me for a free 20 minute consultation.