Below are two successful patient cases with plantar fasciitis and hot flashes. The intention of sharing these cases is to increase awareness within the local community about the benefits of acupuncture.
Case #14: male, age 49, sales
Chief complaint: Plantar Fasciitis
Complaints: His bottom of right foot feels as if walking on a rock. The pain began one year ago, constant since 3 months ago. Orthotic pad and insert do not significantly reduce the pain.
Treatment process: The patient had 5 acupuncture treatments so far. First visit relieved most of the pain in the first two days, and there was slight pain on the third day. After the second visit, the patient reported an overall 25% improvement. The pains were less by 60-70% by the fifth visit. He can do his regular exercise at the gym and play golf without the pain significantly increasing. The pain resolves quickly after aggravation.
Discussion: Having ability to walk comfortably is an important factor integrating various life demands throughout the day. It not only helps to accomplish necessary personal tasks, but contributes to a better quality of health through movements and proper exercise.
Case #15: female, age 62, consultant
Chief complaint: hot flashes
Complaints: Hot flashes were triggered after a total hysterectomy 11 years ago. The frequency is at ten times a day in addition to body being constantly overheated. She throws off bed cover 3-5 times every evening. Night sweats are limited to minor dampness in the arms. Headaches since childhood. Since one year ago, they occur 5-6 days a week lasting for 3-4 hours at a time.
Treatment process: The patient had magnet therapy four times in a period of 8 days. Magnets were strategically placed on the acupuncture points for 24 hours. After the first placement of magnets, the hot flashes were reduced down to twice that evening and a few times next day. By the third visit, both her headaches and hot flashes were gone by at least 80% in frequency, duration, and intensity.
Discussion: The patient was given instruction to place magnets on herself only at night before bed so that the therapeutic effect continues. She is expected to recover eventually from most of her hot flashes and headaches as she continues self-treatment for a month or two. The reason for a good prognosis is that her age is 62, which is past hormonal transition period. And headaches tend to go away with series of treatment.
Disclaimer: Acupuncture results may vary since each individual case is different.
Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine
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Thousand Oaks, CA