Ask the Doctor

Dr Raman Kapur, Head of the Department of Acupuncture at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi, answers your queries every alternate week

Published: 23rd April 2016 10:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st April 2016 05:07 AM   |  A+A-


I am suffering from acidity, bloating and incomplete evacuation for the last four years. I also feel anxious all the time. Can acupuncture help me?

Acidity, bloating and incomplete evacuation is generally caused due to disturbances in the spleen and stomach channels. If a patient has poor eating habits and skips meals, the spleen does not function properly. Acupuncture on specific body points can correct spleen function, stomach channels and cure you. Initially, you will require acupuncture thrice a week for four weeks; then twice a week; and therafter once a week for complete cure. Ear acupuncture embedding needles can also be used along to achieve quicker and better results.

I am having bowel problems for more than 10 years. Doctors diagnosed it as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Medicines were prescribed, but with no relief. Now I am taking anxiolytic drugs and I feel very tired all the time. I have no interest in life. Please help me to get cured.

Acupuncture can effectively treat IBS. Chronic IBS leads to anxiety neurosis, which can also be cured and gradually your anxiolytic drugs can be stopped. A new treatment approach for patients, who feel generally drained out and low in energy, is to do warm cupping on the navel, followed by salt moxa.

I am suffering from generalised body pain since 15 years. It sometimes affect my neck and shoulder causing headaches and dizziness; sometimes mid and lower back pain that radiates to the legs. Sometimes I get the pain in my hips and knees. Doctors say it is Fibromyalgia. Can acupuncture help?

Fibromyalgia is a clinical condition for which western medicine have no answers. Acupuncture is a treatment par excellence for this condition. There is generally a stagnation of blood in the area of pain and local cupping in those areas can give immediately relief. Specific points are then chosen according to the affected area and treatment is given. Most patients with fibromyalgia have an anxious personality and this can be tackled too. Retaining ear needles can help in faster recovery.

I had a road accident one year back and I fractured my right ankle. I had plasters on my foot but despite that there is swelling and pain. At present, I feel the same pain and swelling in my right knee. Please help to me.

Acupuncture therapy is excellent for treating past traumatic pains. The swelling in the right ankle and knee is due to fluid retention and this can be taken care of with acupuncture at distal points. Putting ear seeds on the ankle and knee points in the ear will also help.

I have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis and the pain in my sole is so severe that I cannot stand for more than two minutes. I have tried physiotherapy and pain killers, but to no  relief. Can acupuncture help me to get rid of the problem?

Electro-acupuncture is very effective in treating plantar fasciitis. A mild stimulation is passed through the needles around the sole and this causes release of endorphins and gives relief from pain. For complete recovery, you may require about 10 treatment sessions.

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