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How Stress Management Acupuncture Can Help You

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Stress from work, home, and personal problems can wear the body and mind down. A solution for this is stress management acupuncture.

It is a natural way to realign your Qi, so you can feel relaxed and take one day at a time. It’s an alternative to prescription pills, such as Valium, and won’t cause any side-effects. 

Here are the many ways stress acupuncture can change your life:

Sleep Deeper and Longer

Few people realize that insomnia involves more than just not sleeping during the night. Insomnia has many symptoms including:

  • Waking up frequently throughout the night
  • Feeling fatigued even after a good night’s sleep
  • Having a lack of focus and making frequent mistakes
  • Not being able to fall asleep 

Stress and worry keep your mind preoccupied, but acupuncture relaxes the body and mind. A certified acupuncturist will set up a calming environment, which adds to the physical benefits of stimulating your acu-points.   

Rebalance Your Mood

Depression is much more than just having the blues or being sad. It is a condition where you are persistently down and feel uninterested in anything. While stress can contribute to depression, there isn’t one cause for it. Our genetic makeup, our family background, work, and education all have an effect on our mood and overall outlook. 

Depression includes other symptoms, such as drastic changes in appetite and feeling hopeless to the point of suicidal. Stress acupuncture will unblock your meridians, thereby rebalancing your body’s flow of energy. 

Think More Clearly

Headache medications often contain acetaminophen, which can add to the pain, as well as cause liver damage if too much is consumed within a certain period of time. Many turn to acupuncture when their usual methods do not suffice. 

Did you know that stress is a big factor to cause headaches? Stress management acupuncture will unblock the energy flow, allowing more blood circulation to the brain, so you can think clearly.

Acupuncture has provided mixed reactions in patients with headaches and migraines. Some say it had no effect on them while others are pain-free. It depends on your genetic makeup and whether or not you attend all of your sessions. Dr. Yan will design a customized schedule, and it’s important for you to speak with her if you encounter any issues.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

If you work a 9-5 job, acupuncture is an effective way to keep yourself healthy, whether you develop negative thoughts about your capabilities or become overanxious with your increasing workload. Stress management acupuncture relaxes you and restores your confidence, so the next time you go to work, you’re ready to tackle your tasks.  

Reduce Your Stress with Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture

Dr. Yan hopes you are keeping yourself healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that the office is closed at the time this blog was written. However, when the lockdown has been called off, we will resume normal working hours, at which point, you can contact us with questions and concerns or book an appointment.

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Autoimmune disease and Acupuncture

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What is an autoimmune disease?

The body’s immune system is conditioned to guard against germs like bacteria and viruses. Whenever the immune system senses any foreign body it releases fighter cells to attack them and protect the body in simple terms. The immune system very well knows the difference between its cells and foreign cells.

A condition where your immune system mistakenly attacks your body is called an autoimmune disease. Here, the immune system might mistake body parts like joints and skin as foreign and release proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells.

Certain autoimmune diseases target only one organ, like in the case of Type 1 diabetes that damages the pancreas. While in the case of some diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), it affects the whole body.

Few common autoimmune diseases are Type 1 diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis, Multiple sclerosis, Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Inflammatory bowel disease, Addison’s disease, Graves’ disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Myasthenia gravis, Autoimmune vasculitis, Pernicious anemia, Celiac disease and so on.

Some early symptoms of autoimmune diseases are fatigue, achy muscles, swelling and redness, low-grade fever, trouble in concentrating, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, hair loss, skin rashes, etc.

Most allopathic systems are directed towards treating the symptoms rather than the cause of the disease. The approach is more towards suppressing the immune system through medicines. It just helps in managing the pains and limiting the symptoms, however, does not result in a cure. In addition, over long-term use of suppressive drugs, adverse symptoms and side effects may develop over time.


Acupuncture in treating Autoimmune Diseases

Acupuncture on the other hand, instead of suppressing the disease helps regulate the immune function and treat the underlying causes of the disease. It reduces the symptoms, speeds up the healing process and normalizes the immune response of the body.

As acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles on selected acupoints, it stimulates specific portions of the autonomic nervous system and thus in turn cause responses in the immune system.

With regular acupuncture therapy, one can experience effective healing of autoimmune diseases and symptoms like asthma, allergies, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, colds and infections.


Dr. Hong Yan of South Centre Chinese Acupuncture

Dr. Hong Yan holds professional degrees in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from China and has been practicing in the field for over 25 years. She specializes in three distinguished therapies, Comprehensive Acupuncture Pain Management, Female Hormone Balancing Acupuncture and Brain Activating Acupuncture.

Her therapies are focused on particularly treating pain, stress, fatigue, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), sinus infection, allergy, headache, migraine, woman’s health, bronchitis, asthma, eczema and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

A registered acupuncturist in Calgary acupuncture clinic serving Calgary south, Dr. Hong Yan uses 90% acupuncture only and just 10% of herb combinations.

If you are looking out for a healthier and natural way of treating autoimmune diseases and symptoms, then Chinese Acupuncture is the answer. Also for assistance in fertility acupuncture, menopause acupuncture, stress acupuncture and pain acupuncture in Calgary visit the best Calgary acupuncture clinic today.


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Menopause Acupuncture

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What is menopause?

Menopause is a natural phenomenon associated with aging within women. Just before or after a woman stops menstruating, she goes through various changes in her body marking the end of her reproductive period.

Women especially between the age of 40 to 45 experience menopause symptoms like irregular periods, low fertility, vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, disturbed sleep, urinary problems, emotional changes, problems in focusing and learning, and even symptoms like fat buildup in the abdomen which could lead to obesity, symptoms of hair loss and hair thinning, breast shrinkage, etc.

Regular treatment for women, in that case, is Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which, is not suitable for all women.


Small Study in Acupuncture treating Menopause

A study published in BMJ Open suggests the idea that Acupuncture can help treat the symptoms of menopause for women. According to the study, 70 women between the ages of 40 to 65 were suffering from the symptoms of hot flashes. They had not received any hormone therapy or medical therapy for the same.

The Danish researches who published the study had 50 women in random order receive five weekly sessions of acupuncture by trained practitioners. After the end of 6 weeks, the acupuncture group reported better scores in hot flashes, day-and-night sweats, skin and hair symptoms, menopausal-specific sleeping problems, and emotional symptoms over the control group.

The study concluded that acupuncture offers “a realistic” treatment option for women who cannot or do not want to, use hormone replacement therapy (HRT).


Acupuncture in Menopause

The human body contains various channels of energy. These energy channels called meridians run throughout the body and over its surface in regular patterns.

When the body’s capability of the natural flow of energy through these meridians is obstructed by emotional or physical trauma like in the case of menopause, acupuncture helps.

In acupuncture, very fine needles are inserted in the body along the channels of energy/meridian to unblock the stagnant or obstructed energy, which helps regulate the energy flow in the body and correct the imbalances of the body’s systems.

Acupuncture can be called the natural way to treat menopause in women suffering from symptoms of hot flashes, sweats, difficulty in concentration, mood swings, depression and hormonal and emotional imbalances.


Dr. Hong Yan of South Centre Chinese Acupuncture

Dr. Hong Yan holds professional degrees in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from China and has been practicing in the field for over 25 years. She specializes in three distinguished therapies, Comprehensive Acupuncture Pain Management, Female Hormone Balancing Acupuncture and Brain Activating Acupuncture.

Her therapies are focused on treating pain, stress, fatigue, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), sinus infection, allergy, headache, migraine, woman’s health, bronchitis, asthma, eczema and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

A registered acupuncturist in Calgary acupuncture clinic serving Calgary south, Dr. Hong Yan uses 90% acupuncture only and just 10% of herb combinations.

If you are looking out for a natural way of treating your menopause symptoms through traditional Chinese Acupuncture, book an appointment today with us to avail the best of Calgary Acupuncture.


Click here to check out Dr. Yan’s published article on how to treat menopause syndrome with acupunture.

This article was first published in the European Journal of Original Medicine (EJOM) Volume 8, No 5, 2017.

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Female Hormone Balancing Acupuncture

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What is Female Hormone Balance?

Female hormone balance means the balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone. When this is in balance, it ensures a normal female reproductive ability. An imbalance between the two hormones may lead to disorders such as

  • irregular menstruation
  • infertility
  • endometriosis
  • menopause syndrome

Female Hormone Balancing Acupuncture (FHBA) helps to bring a balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This therapy of harmonizing the two hormones is based on an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine theory called Yin-Yang.

What is Yin-Yang?

The theory of Yin-Yang can be explained as the balance in the body between the two aspects namely, Yin which is symbolized as water and Yang which is symbolized as fire. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the Yin and Yang interact with each other and are dependant on one another. In TCM gynecology, estrogen is the yin and progesterone is the yang. The entire menstrual cycle can thus be explained by the Yin-Yang theory as follows.

Relation between Yin-Yang and Menstrual Cycle

Any ups and downs in the body have a direct effect on the Yin-Yang balance. The Yin-Yang cannot function normally when there is an imbalance which can lead to an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone. Eventually, one may suffer from gynecological issues. But, it can be taken care of through acupuncture. By applying specific acupuncture techniques throughout the different phases of the menstrual cycle hormonal balance can be restored. A very common reason for infertility is a luteal phase defect. As a result, you see after ovulation the temperature cannot rise enough or cannot maintain normalcy for at least a good 11 days. Traditional Chinese Medicine explains this condition as a deficiency of Yang. Therefore, points and modalities to strengthen Yang will be applied to promote the growth of the corpus luteum.

How does acupuncture finally help?

Research in recent times has found that acupuncture can affect the female reproductive system in the following ways.

  • The FSH and LH levels are influenced that help regulate the communication between the brain and ovaries, know as the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. It helps improve the function of the ovaries.
  • It helps adjust the function of the thyroid gland
  • It helps to balance the estrogen and progesterone
  • It helps to promote ovulation
  • It increases the chances of conception as there is an increase in the blood flow to the uterus
  • A better ovulation and conception process can be seen which helps relieve stress levels

Acupuncture for a female hormone imbalance can help to treat conditions like endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, non-ovulation, and luteal defect. FHBA has also been found to be effective to IVF. German scientists reported that for women having IVF acupuncture can increase their success rates by 50%. The pregnancy rate in another group which did not receive acupuncture ended up at 26.3% while the group which received acupuncture saw a pregnancy rate of 42.5%.

Researchers from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, NY in the United States found out that if women took acupuncture during IVF it could reduce the stress hormones which normally is the hindrance as it interferes with ovulation. Through acupuncture, the hormones normalize and regulate the process of ovulation. As a result, the eggs release and increase the blood flow to the uterus, thus improving the chances of embryo implantation.

A registered acupuncturist in Calgary acupuncture clinic serving Calgary south, Dr. Hong Yan uses 90% acupuncture only and just 10% of herb combinations.

If you are looking out for a natural way to treat female hormone imbalance through traditional Chinese Acupuncture, book an appointment today with us to avail the best of Calgary Acupuncture.



How Acupuncture Relieves Constipation

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Being constipated is an uncomfortable and, sometimes, extremely painful condition that happens to most people at some point in their lifetime. For those who cannot treat their constipation with medications or other common remedies that are harsh on their body, studies are finding that acupuncture is an option.

What Is Constipation?

Constipation happens when it is difficult to move your bowels or when bowel movements happen less often. Regular bowel movements can occur anywhere from three times a day to three times per week.

Common symptoms of constipation include:

  • Infrequent bowel movements
  • Problems or straining to go
  • Small or hard stool
  • A feeling that everything didn’t pass
  • Bloating in the belly

Many factors contribute to constipation including changes to your diet, dehydration, fibre insufficiency, and too much dairy intake. Leading a sedentary lifestyle, stress, certain medications, pregnancy, and gastrointestinal disorders can also cause constipation.

Excess Constipation vs. Deficiency Constipation

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are two types of constipation: excess constipation and deficiency constipation.

In excess constipation, defecation is difficult and bowel movements may occur only every three to five days. A blockage forms due to an inadequate formation of feces. Such a situation leads to lack of hydration or poor lubrication of the large intestinal system and fluid unbalance in faecal matter. It is often a result of exterior causes, like food and lifestyle, as well as interior causes, such as heat drying out the intestinal system. Eating hot and spicy food, exposure to excess heat for a long duration, and emotional disorders, such as stress and anxiety, can cause excess constipation. Stress negatively affects digestion and can lead to constipation. Acupuncture flips the switch on the body’s fight-or-flight response, restoring normal body functions.

In deficiency constipation, defecation is easier but stools are smaller. Bowel movements occur every two to three days or more frequently. A general lack of energy leads to the body’s difficulty in evacuating normal stool. When it comes to excretion, stools are normal. However, peristalsis is slow and transit time is longer. Childbirth, major burnout, long illness, and old age are some of the causes of deficiency constipation. Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling cold
  • Pale nails
  • Dull complexion
  • Mental fatigue

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a key component of TCM that involves inserting very thin needles through the skin at specific points of the body. It can be used to treat pain, hormonal imbalance, infertility, menopause, stress, ADHD, IBS, weight loss, and aid in respiration difficulties, among many other ailments.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi—or the basic energetic flow of life—can become unbalanced and cause illness. Qi is thought to travel through 20 pathways or meridians in the body, which are accessed by about 400 acupuncture points. Through these acupuncture points, Dr. Yan can rebalance your energy flow and allow your body to spark its natural healing processes.

Like any other medical treatment, acupuncture is a process that takes time, and results vary by patient and illness. The effects of the first few treatments typically last from 48 hours to less than a week; re-stimulating the same acupoints on a regular basis will bring about the best outcome. After about six treatments, patients typically experience total relief of symptoms. This will vary with acute and chronic disorders.

How Can Acupuncture Help with Constipation?

Acupuncturists have long known that constipation could be treated with acupuncture, but a clinical study released in 2016 confirms it. In the study, patients who suffered from chronic constipation experienced significant symptom relief and improved quality of life after receiving regular electroacupuncture treatments compared to patients in the placebo group.

Over the testing period of eight weeks, 31% of patients who received the electroacupuncture treatment were categorized as having regular bowel movements. Additionally, the effects of the treatment lasted four weeks after the treatment ended. About 38% of the patients who received the real treatment reported regular bowel movements.

In electroacupuncture, thin needles are inserted beneath the skin. These needles are attached to a device that sends electric pulses into the body. According to several gastroenterologists, the study suggested that electroacupuncture is a safe and effective option for difficult-to-treat patients. Electroacupuncture is best for refractory patients, or those who are not responding to conventional medical treatments.

A drawback of this kind of treatment is the frequency. The same study recorded that some patients receiving electroacupuncture three-to-five times per week for eight weeks found the procedure burdensome.

This type of treatment can potentially be life changing for patients with chronic constipation who either cannot take or do not respond to typical treatment methods.

Problems with Laxatives

Oftentimes, laxatives can be harsh on the body and overuse can lead to even more constipation. Laxatives can interact with heart medications, antibiotics, and bone medications. They can cause dehydration from diarrhea and are often unsafe to use if you are breastfeeding.

Sometimes, overuse of laxatives can cause the body to become dependent upon them. The intestines can lose muscle and nerve response, which is how the colon contracts to perform a bowel movement. This is very serious and needs to be addressed by a doctor.

Other serious side effects include:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Severe cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Rashes or itching
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Irregular heartbeat

It may be necessary to take a laxative, especially if your doctor prescribed it. Always follow the advice of a medical professional, and let them know of any side effects.

During the clinical study released in 2016, the most common acupuncture-related side effects were found to be hematoma at the site of needling, sleeplessness, and sharp pain. However, these were found to be infrequent in both the groups and were only mild and transitory.

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Backed by scientific evidence, acupuncture is now a widely accepted treatment for constipation, which also leads to improvements in general wellbeing and quality of life.

Dr. Yan has over 25 years of experience treating patients with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine. She specializes in treating patients who suffer from conditions that are difficult to treat. If you suffer from constipation or are interested in acupuncture services, contact Dr. Yan to schedule an acupuncture session today.


Is Acupuncture Effective for Weight Loss?

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Acupuncture is the process of insertion of very fine, sterile needles at specific body points or acupressures called meridians that help regulate the flow of energy in the body. According to Chinese Medicine, this flow of energy in the body is called ‘qi.’ When the ‘qi’ flows naturally the body is balanced and healthy.
The needles stimulate the release of the body’s feel-good hormones, endorphins. When the body is in a calm and happy state, it rids the body of the tendency for excessive eating. Otherwise, excessive eating can lead to increased stress, frustration or anxiety. Acupuncture can hence, help a person to lose weight without having to resort to drugs.
Few ways through which acupuncture helps us lose weight are by effecting and regulating our hormones. It improves health markers like fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1C and total cholesterol. It can help people with prediabetes lose weight by reducing their insulin and leptin resistance, which are both appetite-regulating hormones.
Acupuncture helps in promoting healthy digestion. It aids the flow of blood to the stomach. It reduces bloating or gas or irritable bowel syndrome or constipation. It is good overall for all kinds of digestive problems.
Acupuncture can relieve stress by clearing the blockages in our body’s energy passages and regulate the flow of energy throughout the body. To read more on how acupuncture benefits in stress management, click here.
Dedicated acupunctures also help you with controlling your cravings. Craving for food is a major reason for weight gain. Acupuncture is known to alter chemicals associated with these cravings and in turn help in weight loss.
Acupuncture helps you to sleep better. With regular acupuncture, your body becomes happier and calmer. In such a state, one tends to sleep well. A well-slept body is a well-known player in weight loss and maintenance.
Acupuncture boosts our energy levels that support our diet and exercise behaviors which can lead to weight loss.
Be sure to only visit a highly professional and licensed Acupuncture practitioner only like Dr. Hong Yan who promises some of the best Chinese acupuncture therapies like fertility acupuncture, menopause acupuncture, stress acupuncture and pain acupuncture.
Dr. Hong Yan of South Centre Chinese Acupuncture
Dr. Hong Yan holds professional degrees in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from China and has been practicing in the field for over 25 years. She specializes in three distinguished therapies, Comprehensive Acupuncture Pain Management, Female Hormone Balancing Acupuncture and Brain Activating Acupuncture.
Her therapies are focused on particularly treating pain, stress, fatigue, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), sinus infection, allergy, headache, migraine, woman’s health, bronchitis, asthma, eczema and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
A registered acupuncturist in Calgary acupuncture clinic serving Calgary south, Dr. Hong Yan uses 90% acupuncture only and just 10% of herb combinations.
If you are looking out for a healthier and natural way of treating health-related problems in Calgary, visit Dr. Hong Yan-Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture today. To book an appointment to the best Calgary south acupuncture, contact us right now!

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Acupuncture Treatment for IBS

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a debilitating intestinal condition that is not fully understood. It can cause stomach pain, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation; episodes can be triggered by stress, hormones, or specific foods. Doctors believe the condition is caused by a problem with the signals between the brain and the digestive system, and by overly sensitive nerves in the intestine.

Acupuncture is one treatment that has been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of IBS. By targeting the painful locations, and stimulating the pathways between the intestinal muscles and the brain, acupuncture can offer improvement to patients struggling with the effects of IBS.


You may have IBS if you experience stomach pain, bloating, or a change in your bowel movements. You may also experience IBS symptoms that don’t directly relate to your digestive system, such as anxiety, insomnia, loss of sexual desire, or fatigue. IBS can present as primarily causing constipation, diarrhea, or both.


Acupuncture has been shown to improve IBS in comparison to other treatments. In various studies, the use of acupuncture in IBS patients has been able to relieve pain, regulate digestive motility, reduce spasms, and improve anxiety and depression. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other IBS treatments, in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and rarely has adverse effects. Acupuncture treatments for IBS generally focus on the spleen and liver acupoints, with other points relating to emotional wellness and pain relief being used when needed.


If you have been diagnosed with IBS or are experiencing symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment for acupuncture. Dr. Yan has over 25 years of experience treating patients with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and specializes in conditions that are difficult to treat. The Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture clinic in Calgary can also help patients with a variety of other conditions.

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Emergency Acupressure You Can Do At Home

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There are a few times in life when stress or pain hits us all too quickly. When that happens, we may not be able to get to our doctor or acupuncturist on time. Maybe the pain comes late at night. Maybe it shows up over the weekend. If you start to suffer outside of Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture’s opening hours, here are some effective acupuncture tricks that may help ease your pain until you can make an appointment.

For Headache 

The humble headache is a common cause for sudden discomfort that can range from mild to severe. There are many different reasons we experience headaches, and since head pain can be felt on various places around your neck, there are many different acupressure points to help alleviate your pain. A headache can also indicate hunger, thirst, or eye fatigue, so before you apply acupressure, make sure that those issues aren’t the cause.

Easiest Acupressure Point for Headaches: Hand Valley Point

Where It’s Located: The soft spot in between your thumb and index finger.

How to Perform Acupressure: Apply pressure with your opposite thumb and forefinger on either side of this area.

The Hand Valley Point is also shown to help reduce stress, mitigate toothache, lower shoulder tension and neck pain, and help with constipation.

For Nausea and Stomach Pain

Maybe it’s something you ate. Or perhaps stress is causing digestion issues. If you suddenly find yourself feeling queasy, we recommend lying down somewhere dark and cool away from noise. Ginger tea may also help ease your symptoms. If you’re feeling up to it, applying acupressure may benefit in this situation.

Easiest Acupressure Point for Nausea: Inner Gate Point

Where to Locate It: About three centimetres below your wrist crease

How to Perform Acupressure: With your opposite hand (right hand), apply firm pressure with your thumb.

The Inner Gate Point can also help reduce indigestion and anxiety.

For Sciatica and Arthritis

Many people don’t even know where their sciatic nerve is, but the moment you experience sciatic pain for the first time, you’re likely never to forget. Sciatica can first start as a mild pinch on in your lower back, hip, or buttock. The pain can eventually become so severe that your entire right leg becomes numb and you can no longer walk without hurting.

Easiest Acupressure Point for Sciatica: Above Tears Point

Where to Locate It: Approximately one inch below the webbing between your fourth and fifth toe

How to Perform Acupressure: For the relief of sciatic pain, apply pressure with your thumb, or ask someone to do it for you.

The Above Tears Point is also helpful for the relief of shoulder pain, arthritis, and headache.

In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with our clinic hours, and give us a call as soon as you can to book your professional acupuncture appointment with Dr. Yan.