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 be problematic if untreated. I would suggest you consult a physician to determine if surgical intervention is needed. Then consult a licensed practitioner to determine proper course of treatment including acupuncture and internal herbal remedies to strengthen the muscles. As for being able to return to training, it depends on the severity of the current condition and how well it heals. Your primary physician will be able to make the assessment.
You may also find these specially formulated Traditions of Tao herbal supplements helpful in treating your hernia: “Muscle Strength”, “Fatigue”, “Pain”, and “Enduring Youth”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.