My patient is in her mid-fifties and I have been treating her with acupuncture for arm pain. After six treatments, I asked her how she feels the treatment is progressing. Her arm pain is not as bad as before.
I ask her if she has been feeling a change in the temperature of her body. She looks up as if hit by a bolt of lightning. I have no idea what is going on. I think she is possibly worried that she left her iPhone at Starbucks.
Suddenly she tells me, “You know what? My hot flashes were gone!”
This patient did not come to me for hot flashes. She wanted to focus on her arm pain. Lo and behold, acupuncture, once again, helped with hot flashes.
Another patient comes in today for her third session. She is also in her 50′s. She loves to do Bikram Yoga, but complains that she is not only hot at night, but drenched in sweat in the middle of the night. After our first session, I ask her to please stop doing hot yoga. I then put her on some Chinese Herbs. Five days later, she reports that her hot flashes, and sweating, are gone.
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