Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
I have had arthritis in my lower back for over two decades. Would you recommend acupuncture? I’m becoming desperate. Can you recommend anything to ease the pain so I can walk upright and be strong?
A: I recommend a multi-modality approach: locate a clinic that offer chiropractic, allopathic, and acupuncture modalities. Then integrate the treatments to get the best results. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies can help with the pain, strengthen the lower back, help with mobility, and increase energy. Chiropractic adjustments will help with any physical displacements and structural issues. Remain optimistic; if you stick to the treatments you will see results.
You may find the following products from the Traditions of Tao web site to be particularly helpful: “Arthritis/Joint”, “Abundant Energy”, and “Enduring Youth”. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.