Clinical Studies Have Proven Acupuncture Helpful for ADHD Patients

If one has Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, oftentimes, a diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome comes along with it. The Institute for Traditional medicine says that these two behavioral disorders often manifest together. For Tourette’s syndrome, certain drugs that control the neurotransmitters of the brain and for ADHDS, stimulants are often prescribed. The thing is many people especially parents of ADHD children think that these medications aren’t worth being taken by the children since the side effects are as worse, and on certain occasions, even worse than the condition they are trying to resolve. A lot of these parents and patients are looking for alternative modes of treatment. One of the best and safest alternative modality they can try is acupuncture.

Drugs and ADHD

ADHD is a brain dysfunction that causes behavior not considered proper and makes concentrating a problem for people diagnosed with the problem. Sadly, a high number of children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD compared to children living in other countries. Most of the children with ADHD in the US are prescribed with stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin to help stem the symptoms. These drugs are extremely loaded with toxins that cause really serious side effects especially when they are taken for a long time. Because of the side effects of these drugs, people are seeking for more natural and safe ways to help people with ADHD. Fortunately, acupuncture has shown to be a truly effective and very safe therapy for ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome patients.

Being a neurological disorder, Tourette’s syndrome causes individuals to make unusual sounds and movements, such as blurting out obscenities, jerking the head and tics. Males are more prone to this disorder. It often arises during childhood. Several medications including Botox, antidepressants, stimulants and drugs that block or deplete the brain’s neurotransmitters are used to treat this condition. Some of these drugs, however, especially stimulants have been shown to worsen the involuntary movements. All those drugs also cause negative side-effects, including obesity and the dulling of the mind. There is a much better alternative for these drugs if you are looking for one that is natural and much more effective. That alternative is acupuncture.

Chinese Medicine

Tourette’s syndrome and ADHD are viewed by Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in a much different light than Western practitioners. Chinese medicine concentrates more on the imbalances of the spirit and how they affect the person instead of merely observing and treating the deficits and chemical imbalances in the brain as probable reasons for these two conditions. ADHD is a sign of agitation or a deficiency in nourishment of the spirit as viewed by Chinese medicine. A combo of acupuncture and traditional herbs are Chinese medicine’s mode of treatment for both Tourette’s and ADHD.

Acupuncture Applied

Acupuncture along with other complementary and natural therapies, can help to either entirely cure or alleviate symptoms of ADHD/ Tourette’s syndrome including managing of mood, sedating hyperactive or fidgety behavior and improving attention and focus. The meridians of the large intestine and stomach are needled during acupuncture therapy, to clear stagnant heat that may be causing high activity and other associated manifestations in people with ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome. Other meridians that are needled are those associated with deficiency in brain development and the lack of essence in the brain. It has been revealed in a research work posted in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine that acupuncture proven effective in treating patients with Tourette’s syndrome patients by reducing and sometimes curing the symptoms in about three quarters of the patients who participated in the study.


You need to talk to your healthcare provider for other forms of treatment such as acupuncture if you have a child or if you yourself have ADHD or Tourette’s syndrome prior to stopping prescription drugs. You need to cooperate with your health care provider to find the proper treatment choices for your children or for yourself.


Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as Adjunct Therapies for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment

One of the biggest health issues besetting the United States today is substance addiction. Interestingly, addiction to prescription drugs is a worse problem in this country than street drug addictions. Substance addiction can mean addiction to drugs, food and alcohol. Behavioral addiction may include addiction to gambling, internet browsing, and pornography, among others. Known treatments for addiction include counseling, twelve step programs and group therapy. One specific therapy that has been proven to work particularly for drug addiction and alcohol is Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Based on statistics supplied by the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the most addictive substance in the United States is alcohol. There are 18 million Americans who have issues with alcohol. With regards to drug abuse, about 20 million people in this country take drugs within the past 30 days. These statistics show that addiction is a huge problem in our society.

An addiction to something is a complex abnormality that impacts the brain. People who are addicted to drug or alcohol always seek out these substances even if they know they will adversely affect their health. Addictions can result in longstanding modifications to the chemistry of the brain causing the person to experience different mood disorders, anxiety, and problem in thinking clearly. In a lot of instances, if you do not get your fix, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.
The aforementioned treatments for addiction (group therapy, twelve step program, and counseling) are available for people wanting to permanently kick their addiction. These conventional treatment programs have proven quite effective treatments. The problem with these therapies though is the risk of relapses and the continuation and even increase of the cravings. This is where Chinese medicine and acupuncture come in. These two Eastern forms of treatment modalities can help boost the effectiveness of the patient’s current treatment.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture are medical systems that have originated in East Asia to diagnose and resolve health conditions. They have been practiced in that region for at least 3,000 years. Throughout the years, acupuncture has consistently shown to help treat addictions. It was only in the early 1970s that acupuncture became a household name in the US. The best acupuncture treatment procedure for drug and alcohol addictions is auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture. Acupuncturists get consistent results from this type of acupuncture. These days, drug rehab centers and drug courts in the US have implemented acupuncture as an adjunct therapy for addiction treatment.

Any type of addiction can be effectively addressed with acupuncture but most especially drug and alcohol addictions. Acupuncture has the capacity to alter the physiology of a person’s body to enable the body to heal itself. Acupuncture can help resolve addiction symptoms such as:

-Muscle cramping
-Body aches
-Withdrawal symptoms

Availing of a treatment program that is holistic in nature is important if you want to address the underlying root of your condition. This does not mean that you should abandon your ongoing conventional treatments. The best thing to do in order to get outstanding results is to integrate Chinese medicine and acupuncture into your current treatment. Your body’s ability to overcome the addiction will be significantly boosted.

Nutrition and exercise are also very important components to addiction therapy. Qi Gong, Tai Chi and other types of gentle exercise can help relieve anxiety and stress giving you greater balance in your life.

Based on the tenets of Chinese nutrition, it is important to have a balance in your diet. You need to consume several varieties of food group and colors. Vegetables and fruits are essential especially when you are trying to detoxify your body.

All in all, you need to remember that Chinese medicine and acupuncture along with conventional therapies for drug and alcohol abuse work in the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions.


Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.

Chiropractic and Sports

Chiropractic medicine is one of the more popular types of alternative medicine in the Untied States.  Chiropractic therapy believes that when the vertebrae are not aligned very well, the spinal cord sends out weak inefficient nerve impulses to the limbs and muscles causing weakness, sickness or ailments in the body.

The popularity of chiropractic medicine is such that mainstream physicians, oftentimes refer patients suffering from muscle pain, back pain or even pain of unknown origin to a chiropractor.  Patients suffering from chronic conditions, which Western medicine cannot find a cure for usually opt for alternative medical treatments as a last resort.  Apart from chiropractic care, other popular forms of alternative therapy are acupuncture, massage therapy and naturopathy.

Chiropractic, which means, in Greek “performed by hand,” was practiced by the ancient Greeks more than 2,000 years ago and rediscovered by Daniel David Palmer in 1895.  He argued that that the proper alignment of the spine is essential for the wellness of the body’s neuromusculoskeletal system.  Chiropractic therapy is essentially treating and correcting vertebral aberrations, spinal misalignments and joint problems.  The chiropractor for better skeletal alignment manipulates skeletal problems in a relatively pain-free way. Chiropractic therapy often employs other techniques such as electronic muscle stimulation, ultrasound and massage therapy. Chiropractic therapy never uses any medications whatsoever during treatment.

Chiropractic because of its inherent value in treating sports-related injuries has found a niche in the sporting world through a specialist called the sport chiropractor.  This professional specializes in musculoskeletal problems experienced by athletes and also, in the nutritional and natural dietary matters of the athlete. In the United States, this type of chiropractic therapy is represented and governed by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.  The most common chiropractic method used is spinal adjustment and it is employed in injuries or illnesses such as sprained joints, muscle strains or pulls, tendonitis, bursitis, and generalized joint injuries.  Many athletes have benefited tremendously from chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractors usually are part of the medical team, which include a physician and physical therapists.  These professionals all serve under a specific sports team.  Chiropractic is appealing to sports in that the therapy does not use any type of drug medications as part of its treatment.  Thus, the athlete does not register any type of medication in his blood, which is beneficial to the athlete especially when he/she is participating in a sports event where drug tests are extremely rigid.

For athletes, a healthy and correct vertebrae and spine mean the fittest functioning of their back and shoulder muscles and with nerve impulses in the spine working very well, the reaction time of the athlete is at its maximum-all these enable the athlete to perform and compete optimally.


Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac. is a Board Certified and Licensed Acupuncturist in Cleveland, OH.


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