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Men’s sexual dysfunction affects a large portion of the male population and yet it is a topic that is often difficult to talk about even for the most confident of men. But learning and talking about it can help men and their partners understand and manage this common condition. Thankfully, sexual dysfunction is now better understood medically than ever before, and integrated approaches of western medicine with traditional Chinese medicine has been highly effective at treating men’s sexual dysfunction.

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For thousands of years in China, acupuncture has been used to enhance the performance of soldiers and to treat injuries as well. In recent decades, it’s a common practice in China to use acupuncture for athletes while they are training and for their recovery from injury. Since late 1990, this trend of utilizing acupuncture and Chinese medicine in sports training and sports injury was gradually adopted and gained high attention by many countries including the U.S. Later, acupuncture techniques and its Sinew Channel theory was adopted by the two most prominent sports injury professions in the U.S. --- Chiropractic Therapy and Physical Therapy --- to their practices, and it is referred to as “dry needling”. Whether it is referred to as acupuncture or dry needling, or whatever name other professionals would like to use, it proves one thing --- acupuncture works and it works well in sports medicine. 

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Through thousands of years of evolution and modification, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has become a well-developed and widely practiced medical system that helps human health tremendously. Its unique approach to the human body makes TCM a great medicine in restoring the body’s general condition. TCM has also been proven to be an effective medicine in enhancing fertilization. Before we discuss how TCM works to improve fertility, let’s take a closer look at the mechanisms of infertility as well as the modern fertility treatments used today.

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At ACU4U, one of the most common problems that our visitors suffer from is chronic pain. An analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and published in The Journal of Pain (2010) indicated that an estimated 25.3 million adults (11.2%) experience chronic pain and nearly 40 million adults (17.6 %) experience severe levels of pain1.  Chronic pain --- from headache, low back pain, joints pain, neurologic pain to cancer pain --- represents a major clinical, social and economic problem. The impact of pain on economies is enormous, with the cost of back pain alone equivalent to more than a fifth of one country's total health expenditure.

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When one considers all the stresses that come from living in a busy sprawling city like Houston, it is no wonder that many Houstonians suffer from migraines or are prone to migraines.

Here at ACU4U, Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic, we are preventing and treating migraines through acupuncture. Our impressive patients’ success stories and reviews are are backed up by these clinical trials that demonstrated the effectiveness of acupuncture as a prophylaxis, or preventative treatment, of migraine.

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Battlefield Acupuncture” used by the US Military to provide immediate relief for acute and chronic pain, without restriction or opioids.

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Many years back, I remember there were articles claiming Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) were nothing but scams, or claiming that TCM was not scientific or worthy to pay attention to. These are misunderstandings.

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同病異治 — Same disease, different treatments.

異病同治 — Different diseases, same treatment.

Doesn’t this idiom sound confusing or crazy? Let’s take a look at the context and how common this concept occurs in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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Acupuncture has been around for more than 5000 years. It is a common alternative practiced in China and Asian countries. Recently, it has become more accepted in the Western states. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) has recognized acupuncture as an effective alternative treatment for various conditions.

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