Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs in Richmond, VA
Wang, Xiaoyan, L. Ac., MD (China)
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Bringing Wisdom of Ancient China to US for Pain Management
     Tourette syndrome

Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by tics - involuntary, rapid, sudden movements or vocalizations that occur repeatedly in the same way. For instance, you may repeatedly blink your eyes, shrug your shoulders or jerk your head.

Tics are sudden, brief, intermittent movements or sounds and are the hallmark sign of Tourette syndrome. Symptoms range from mild to severe and debilitating. Tics are classified as either simple tics (sudden, brief and repetitive and involve a limited number of muscle groups) or complex tics (distinct, coordinated patterns of movements involving several muscle groups).

Because there is no clear understanding of the exact cause of the disorder, medical treatments focus on controlling the symptoms that interfere with everyday activities and functioning. According to the Tourette Syndrome Association doctors prescribe “off-label” uses of medicines such as Clonidine, Haldol, Prozac, Zoloft and Ritalin---all medicines developed and tested for other conditions such as hypertension, depression, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). While some people find relief, medications never completely eliminate symptoms and their side effects can discourage many people from taking medications.

Traditional Chinese medicine views the body as an interconnected whole. Rather than examining the body to find a specific organ, muscle, or tissue that is diseased, Chinese medicine seeks to understand the imbalance of the interactions between the organs, muscles, and tissues. Once the imbalance is corrected, the root of the problem is improved and body can work to heal itself. To pinpoint the specific imbalance causing the disease, the acupuncturist feels the pulse, looks at the tongue, and asks your questions. Each patient will be treated as an individual. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can correct the specific imbalance and treat the root cause of the illness (not just simply symptom relief). Acupuncture and Chinese herbs provide a safe, effective and natural whole body approach.

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