Can hiccups cause severe pain? The answer is YES. Here’s an example: one day, a patient came in with severe pain in her mid-back. The pain was so sharp that she had been unable to sleep on her bed for a week. She said it also caused shortness of breath. She had not fallen, had not been hit, and nothing was sprained. However she did report that she had had a serious case of hiccups just before the pain started. Apparently, the hiccups caused her diaphragm to spasm, and that injured her mid-back. I treated her mid-back and diaphragm with both acupuncture and cupping. A week later I followed up with her, and she reported that the pain was gone completely after that one treatment.
Recently, a patient who had had pain on the left side of his abdomen for many years came to see me. He reported that the pain worsened when his stomach was empty. Previous to seeing me, he had had an endoscopy, a colonoscopy and other tests. All of his test results were normal.
At his first visit, based on what he had told me, I treated his stomach and large intestine. When he returned for a second visit, he reported that there had been no change in the pain. I palpated his abdomen and found that the exact location of the pain was at his left psoas muscle. Suddenly I realized that it was his psoas, not his digestive system that was the source of his pain. After I treated his left psoas muscle, the pain went away, and he has not had any abdominal pain since.
Because the pain worsened when his stomach was empty, my first thought was that the cause of pain had to be related to the digestive system. However, in this case, it turned out to be the psoas muscle, not the stomach, which caused the abdominal pain. Interesting!🤔
I have often been asked, "What made you become an acupuncturist?" The short answer to this question is passion and calling. The long answer is......
When I was in college, my major was chemistry. Although I was raised in China, I had little interest in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) until I met a TCM doctor, Dr. Fan Zhenglun. He ignited my interest in Chinese herbal medicine.
As a chemist, I wanted to study Chinese herbal medicine in a scientific way. That's why I came to the United States and to UNC to do my graduate work in medicinal chemistry under Professor K. H. Lee. At UNC, I spent five years studying the chemistry of medicinal herbs. After receiving my PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, I realized one fact -- even though I knew the chemical components of the herbs, I still didn't know how to use the herbs. The ancient Chinese doctors knew how to use the herbs, but they knew nothing about herbal chemistry. I wanted to know how they had known how to use the herbs. So I decided I would study the herbs in the old fashioned way.
It was my good fortune to meet Hai-Sha Ni, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner in Florida who was willing to take me on as his apprentice. My family and I moved to Florida, and, while working toward my Masters in Oriental Medicine at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine, I studied under Hai-Sha Ni for three years, learning all I could about Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. These three years of apprenticeship built a solid foundation for my later practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am always very thankful for my mentor, Hai-Sha Ni.
My initial interest was only in Chinese herbal medicine. I was not so much interested in acupuncture, because I was AFRAID of needles. 😛 When my mentor first taught me acupuncture, honestly I was a little skeptical. How could a needle in the LEFT LEG eliminate the headache at the RIGHT TEMPLE? That's unbelievable, isn't it? However, many people were healed right in front of my eyes. I could not deny the facts. So, my attitude toward acupuncture changed from skeptical, to curious, to humbled. Despite my fear of needles, I started to study acupuncture and practice on myself. The more I studied and practiced, the more I fell in love with this ancient healing art.
I have to say that the study of Traditional Chinese Medicine has humbled me as a scientist. I am acutely aware of how much there is still to learn in this field. And, I am so grateful that I can do what I love and love what I do.
A mother-to-be was told by her ob/gyn that her platelet count was too low, and she was referred to see a hematologist. During the time she was waiting to see the hematologist, she let me treat her with acupuncture and herbs. By the time she finally saw the hematologist, her blood test showed that her platelet counts was already NORMAL. 😄😄😄