Category Archives: Acupuncture

Acupuncture increase sex drive?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Instead of using drugs for libido issues, can acupuncture increase my sex drive? A: Acupuncture and herbal formulations can be used to stimulate your male energy, thereby raising your sexual drive. I suggest you consult with a licensed practitioner to determine a proper course of action. To look for a licensed…

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Ear acupuncture for weight loss?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is ear stapling for weight loss safe? How often does it have to be done to be effective? A: I am assuming you are referring to ear acupuncture or sub dermal ear tacks; these are often used as treatment protocols for addictions and appetite control. The treatments are safe if under…

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Acupuncture for Essential Tremor?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, A few years ago I was diagnosed with Essential Tremor (ET), and now I am hearing that people are getting acupuncture to help their tremors. Do you think that acupuncture can help me? A: Tremors are neurological conditions. Essential tremors have been linked to genetic mutations which cause abnormal firing of…

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Acupuncture and cupping to lose weight?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I was told that to lose weight with acupuncture, I must have cupping done. Is that harmful? A: It is true that acupuncture might help in weight management and appetite control. Cupping, like acupuncture, is a modality used by a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioner to assist in delivering a treatment….

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Acupuncture points for more effective contractions?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What are the best acupuncture points or treatments to cause more effective contractions? A: Acupuncture is a medical discipline and should only be used by certified and trained professionals. I strongly urge you not to self-treat—you may cause serious injury. Acupuncture is also contraindicated in pregnancy and should not be used.

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Natural treatment for hot flashes?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Is there a natural way to help my hot flashes? A: Hot flashes, especially those associated with menopause, respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulations. I suggest that you consult a licensed practitioner to determine the proper course of treatment; you can locate a practitioner at In the mean…

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Acupuncture heal hernia?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, I have an inguinal hernia, which was first aggravated by weight training. It causes very little pain and the bulge is very small, but it prevents me weight training, which would make it worse. Can acupuncture heal this injury well enough to return to training? A: Herniation of this type can…

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Acupuncture for sudden sensorineural hearing loss?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My friend, age 40, was recently developed sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SHL) in his left ear. When it was first diagnosed, he was put on a heavy dose of steroids, which did nothing. I am wondering if acupuncture is his best course of action? A: In traditional Chinese medicine theory, sudden…

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Acupuncture treatments for fertility?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, My husband and I have tried unsuccessfully to get pregnant for a year now and are considering acupuncture. Is there a standard acupuncture treatment for infertility? How can I determine which practitioner is the best? A: There are no standard acupuncture treatments for fertility. Each individual body is different with different…

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Acupuncture for anxiety and depression?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Can acupuncture help in treating anxiety and depression and how long would it take for improvement? A: Acupuncture can help with both anxiety and depression. In fact, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been treating depression and anxiety successfully for more than 2,000 years with various combinations of acupuncture, herbs, diet, and…

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