|Posted on Thursday, August 05, 2004 - 19:57: |
My wife has recently been diagnosed with venous insufficiency in her
right leg. All the way from her foot to her hip. At first she was
mis-diagnosed with lymphedema but after a lymphoscintigraphy it was
determined that this was not correct. She has had an ultrasound to
make sure that there are no current blood clots, but the doctor
suspects that the damage was done by a blood clot that has since
It has been 6 months of doctors, tests, constant swelling and with no
real good news. They suggest wearing compression stockings and pretty
much get used to the constant swelling.
My question is, do you think you might be able to treat her with acupuncture with any success?
|Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 06:09: |
Hello Shawn, it is a pity you both have waited that long, and it is of no consequence whether the problem lies in the lymph or venous systems, in regards to the treatment. Acupuncture is usually extremely effective in the treatment of such disorders, as it is the best modality in order to enhance the circulation and resolve stagnation and edema. Yet, delaying the treatment, or applying a non-decisive treatment such as special stocking, may aggravate the condition by expanding the area of stagnation (whatever the cause) and affecting the involved tissues more severely.
|Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 17:06: |
So, just to understand, you think that acupuncture would not be a viable
treatment option at this time?
|Posted on Friday, August 06, 2004 - 20:21: |
In the contrary, of course it is. How did you come to such a conclusion?
|Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2004 - 18:17: |
I am sorry, I mis-read your reply. I am sorry we waited so
long too, but while we thought it was lymphedema we were
told not to use acupuncture. Now we know better.
She has now had two sessions with a TCM here in the Bay Area,
Jenny Lee (healinglab.com) She sounds confident that she will
be able to help. Her third appointment this week will also
include the addition of herbs.
I just cant seem to help thinking that she might be telling us
exactly what we want to hear. I guess I came onto this forum hoping
to hear other people make the same positive comments.
So far there has been no real change, but I guess it is way too
early to tell? For a condition that has been around for over
6 months, how long would it normally take to see improvement?
Thank you for your replys, I really do appreciate them.
PS - I had to post as anonymous to make it go through for some reason
|Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2004 - 13:57: |
So far there has been no real change, but I guess it is way too early to tell? For a condition that has been around for over 6 months, how long would it normally take to see improvement?
Yes, it is of course too early. Yet, I would have treated this condition daily instead of three times a week, at lease for 10 sessions. An improvement can usually start within the first course of 10 sessions. This depends of course on the age of the patient, the duration of the problem, the skill of the practitioner and the rhythm of the sessions.
|Posted on Friday, August 13, 2004 - 06:46: |
Very interesting. Do you think that doing only 3 treatments a week can reduce the chance of healing? Or just delay it?
My wife is a very active 26 year old. We met on a triathlon team here in California if you can believe it...
|Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 00:51: |
After speaking with our TCM the treatment schedule
has been upgraded to 4 times a week, Mon-Thur. Do
you think this is a good rhythm?
|Posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2004 - 12:33: |
It is probably better, yet I am unable to judge this specific case perfectly without checking the patient by myself. Again, this problem usually yields very good results with acupuncture. I hope that in your case it will be the same.
Dr. Mehdi Hashemi
|Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 10:33: |
What a treatment protocol would you recommend for such a unilateral foot swelling without infection signs or mass effect (just insufficiency of leg veins) ?
|Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 16:58: |
Mehdi, Shawn is speaking about a leg swelling/edema, not just foot. In any event, points that disperse lymph stasis and enhance the circulation in the entire leg+foot should be chosen. These may be: Sp-6/ Sp-9/ K-6/ Ren-6/ B-22 etc.