Thyroid Diseases


Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Increased sensitivity to cold

  • Constipation

  • Rough, cold, and dry skin

  • Puffy face

  • Hoarse voice

  • Poor concentration

  • Heavier-than-normal menstrual periods

  • Depression

  • Tingling sensation in legs and arms

  • Sleepiness

  • Unexpected weight gain

Hashimoto's disease is the most frequent cause of hypothyroidism. Hashimoto's disease occurs when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing inflammation of the thyroid gland.

Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism

  • Sudden weight loss, even when appetite and food intake remain normal or increase.

  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat or pounding of the heart

  • Nervousness, irritability, tremors

  • Sweating

  • Changes in menstrual pattern

  • Increased sensitivity to heat

  • Changes in bowel patterns, especially more frequent bowel movements

  • Enlarged thyroid (goiter), which may appear as a swelling at the base of the neck

  • Fatigue, muscle weakness

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Pain or discomfort in the neck

Graves’ disease is one of the most common causes of an overactive thyroid. Graves’ disease occurs when the immune system malfunctions and produces an antibody to the thyroid. The antibody overrides the thyroid’s normal regulation causing overproduction of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine.

Conventional treatment for thyroid problems:

Hypothyroidism - Take pharmaceutical medicines/thyroid hormone replacements. Hyperthyroidism - Remove the thyroid gland by surgery and/or radiation therapy.

Acupuncture effectively restores normal function of the thyroid gland by improving circulation to the gland. Acupuncture relieves patients’ symptoms and brings back their natural healthy glow. In stark contrast, hormone treatments are notorious for the harsh side effects.


Fibromyalgia


Long Term Pain Relief for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia disorder is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness. So many people suffer from fibromyalgia with no clear treatment. Nevertheless, acupuncture is recognized as one of the most effective treatments for fibromyalgia. The only drawback is that the effects are only temporary. The reason the relief is temporary is that typically there are deep-seated health problems associated with fibromyalgia. While others still puzzle over the causes of fibromyalgia, Dr. Park has determined a successful, long-term method for treating the chronic issues surrounding fibromyalgia.

Here's a step-by-step breakdown the deep seated health problems:

First, fibromyalgia is a neurological problem. The brain shoots mixed signals randomly throughout the body, and the nerve endings process the signals as pain.

Second, most people with fibromyalgia suffer from mild to severe depression. The depression indicates hampered heart function and neurotransmitter problems.

Third, chronic fatigue syndrome is commonly found in individuals with fibromyalgia. Chronic fatigue indicates energy generation and energy circulation problems, commonly referred to as ki/qi disturbances.

Fourth, those who suffer from fibromyalgia also have a vitamin D3 deficiency. This means those with fibromyalgia have difficulty metabolizing calcium.

Fifth, severe skin sensitivities are associated with fibromyalgia. This symptom indicates circulation and sleep problems.

Sixth, individuals with fibromyalgia often demonstrate hormonal imbalances. The thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, and pituitary are interrelated. As a result, if there is problem with any one of these glands, the imbalance causes system wide dysfunction.

Long Term Pain Relief for Fibromyalgia

Here is a summary of the issues that people with fibromyalgia suffer from.

  • Hormonal imbalances cause systemic malfunction.

  • Metabolic problems cause constipation, allergies, water retention, weight gain, indigestion.

  • Calcium imbalance leads to neurological problems.

  • One of the main causes of fibromyalgia appears be a lack of exercises.

  • Bad eating habits or poor diet leads to nutritional imbalance and lowered immunity.

  • Sleep apnea – a lack of oxygen will cause a variety of symptoms.

  • Depression.

  • Improper treatment for lyme disease.

Our clinic consults with patients to provide multiple therapeutic modalities to yield long-term relief of symptoms. Patients who visit our clinic can expect a wholistic approach to fibromyalgia: acupuncture, total body modification, herbs, therapeutic massage, prescribed exercise, and nutrition counseling.


Foot Pains


Acupuncture for Foot Pain Relief

Foot pain comes in many different forms. The most common types are plantar fasciitis, heel pain, bunions, inflamed Achilles tendons, and arthritis.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue that runs along the arch of the foot. The plantar fascia runs from the bottom of the heel to the base of the toes. The tissue acts like the bow string on a bow to keep the arch taught and provide great shock absorption.

Currently, there are many different methods to treat plantar fasciitis. Tape therapy, lifts using insoles, cold compress, hot compress, stabilization by boots or bands, steroid injections, and pain killers are just a few of the treatment options. None of these methods are effective for serious cases. These treatments are applied for temporary relief by doctors, therapists, or by therapeutic devices. Although the initial inflammation takes time to heal, occasional cases of plantar fasciitis may resolve on their own. But most cases require anywhere from months to years to treat.

Conventional medicine and Dr. Park agree that overuse of the tissue leads to plantar fasciitis. More specifically, Dr. Park compares the plantar fascia to a non-elastic string on a bow. Each time a person tries to shoot an arrow, he or she will pull on the non-elastic string, which causes tremendous stress at the point where the string is attached to the bow. The non-elastic string will also wear out or tear with every pull. And like the inflexible string, the plantar fascia will get inflamed from too much use.

But plantar fasciitis sufferers should not fear, Dr. Park has discovered an easy treatment. He works to fix the bow and help the bow string relax. The treatment also restores the natural flexibility of the plantar fascia. With treatment, the pain rapidly disappears over 99 percent of the time. Typical cases show plantar fasciitis getting well in a week if the sufferer is treated every day in our clinic. Many people will experience relief after their very first treatment.

Heel Pain

Heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, or fibula misalignment. The treatment options for heel pain are discussed in the following paragraphs.

Plantar fasciitis treatment has been described above.

Bone Spur

When bone loss occurs, bones get very weak and brittle. The brain notices the problem and tries to correct the bone loss by depositing calcium in one area, creating a bone spur. The arteries redirect extra calcium to the area to build the bone spur.

If the body is able to re-strengthen the bones, the veins will begin carrying the extra calcium away from the bone spur. The pain and stiffness will disappear. Strengthening the bones is a very effective method of removing bone spurs. At the clinic, we help patients strengthen their bones by providing herbal remedies, proper exercise techniques, and vitamin D supplements. We also work with our patients to improve whole-body circulation and normalize parathyroid function with acupuncture.

Fibula Misalignment

The last type of heel pain comes from fibula misalignment. An unstable ankle joint causes the misalignment, which leads to intense heel pain. This condition is rare, but there are cases. To treat fibula misalignment, Dr. Park will properly align the fibula and stabilize the bone to maintain the corrected alignment.

Bunion

A bunion is a growth on the big toe that periodically causes pain. The condition is caused by subluxation on the ankle joint. Subluxation is a slight dislocation of a body part. In the case of bunions, the ankle joint is misaligned, which causes stiffness on the big toe. Excess calcium builds up around the stiffened area. When the bunion is small- to medium-sized, it can be corrected at our clinic. With treatment, the joint can be returned to its normal flexibility. However, if the bunion is large, then surgery is recommended. After the condition is corrected, we recommend comfortable shoes to protect the area.

Arthritis

Conventional medicine often equates arthritis with a weakened immune system. However, the root cause as determined by Dr. Park is poor blood circulation. If arthritis exists throughout the body, the problem likely originates at the heart. Localized arthritis is often due to a local injury, misalignment, or poor circulation to that area.

There are two reasons inflammation will occur at the joint. First, fresh oxygenated blood may not be reaching the joint due to local area factors. Second, weak blood pressure may be preventing the red blood cells from passing through the capillaries into the area, causing stagnation. In either case, the affected area requires improved circulation in order to treat arthritis properly.

Rheumatoid arthritis is typically due to heart function. We, at Dr. Park’s clinic, can assist you with improving the functioning of your heart.

Sprained Ankle

If it is a minor foot sprain, patient walks out without pain or limping from the first treatment. We highly recommend acupuncture treatment to get well from sports injuries.