Patient care is winding down here at the NUHS Chicago Clinic for
me. I am slowly turning over all my patients to ninth trimester
interns as I finish with the last of my numbers for graduation. It
is a bittersweet moment with a lot of the patients because we have
been working together for the last six months. Although the
patients are sad to see us moving on, they have been super
supportive and excited for all us as we move on as doctors.
Over the past few months, my favorite pastime at clinic has been
learning more and more about acupuncture. It has been such an
effective treatment options for many of my patients. The results I
have gotten when using acupuncture for treatment nine times out of
ten have way exceeded my expectations.
Auricular therapy with ear seed
The newest facet of acupuncture I have been using with some of
my patients is auricular therapy. Auricular therapy consists of
needling specific points on or around the ear that correspond to
the rest of the body. Auricular therapy is a very effective
treatment for depression, fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder,
smoking cessation, facial rejuvenation, appetite suppression/weight
loss, energy, and focus. For lasting results of an auricular
therapy treatment, ear seeds can be placed in the patient's ear on
specific pressure points. The ear seeds can be covered with a small
bandage and left in the patient's ear for a few days after the
Close up of ear seed
I have been treating a patient at the NUHS Chicago Whole Health
Center for fatigue, focus, and increased energy using a lot of the
acupuncture points in the ear. The patient is a student and also
works two jobs. On average, the patient gets about four hours of
sleep a night and her fatigue is mainly due to the stress of the
her hectic schedule.
After the initial treatment, the patient has seen a significant
increase in focus. Before starting treatment, she typically would
doze off when attempting to study for long periods of time. Now,
while studying, the patient stated she is able to maintain focus
for a much longer period of time. With continued treatment, the
patient has noticed increased energy levels throughout the day,
decreased fatigue, and a more restful night's sleep.
• First Patients and Jurisprudence Class
• Ideas for the Future
• Part IV Board Exams
To read older blog posts, scroll to the bottom and click the "Older Posts" button.