Felicia M. Dyess, Five Element Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs
Mandarin Healing Center
12627 San Jose Blvd., Suite 504
Jacksonville , FL 32223 United States
Chronic, Debilitating Knee Pain Gone
A male, 31 years old, came in for treatment in June 2011. He had torn his right ACL while serving in the military in 2004 and had surgery to repair the torn ligament. Since the surgery 7 years ago, the patient has had chronic debilitating knee pain with numbness on his right lateral side due to muscle and nerve damage. As a result of this chronic pain, the patient had been unable to maintain his active lifestyle of being a runner and was only able to do light calisthenics once a week and had gained extra weight which caused him to be depressed.
I recommended the patient needed at least 5-8 sessions of acupuncture (once a week) to see significant improvement. After three 1-hour sessions where I combined acupuncture, topical herbs applied to the right lateral knee and Reiki therapy, the patient was almost pain-free with some slight numbness. From his testimonial he wrote, “After 3 sessions of Acupuncture and Reiki, I have been able to exercise, run and jump on my knee again with no pain” The patient was extremely satisfied and continued with 2 more weekly sessions as initially recommended. The patient was able to resume his previous active lifestyle and work on losing the extra weight he had gained. He now has occasional arthritis in his knee due to the weather and his plan is to come in for treatment every few months for maintenance care.
Pain Relief From Herniated Cervical Discs
A 41-year old woman came in for treatment in March 2010. She had chronic constant neck pain for the last 16-17 years due to a herniated cervical discs (C3 & C4) from a workplace injury . Her previous treatment regimen included massage and stretching which would provide temporary relief. The patient also had impaired neck mobility to the point that she was only able to rotate her neck less than halfway to her shoulder - at least 50% restriction.
Bussiness Hours: Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm and Saturday mornings - All By Appointment
Phone Consulting: Yes
Fees Schedule: Initial Comprehensive Session is $85 and subsequent sessions are $85; Initial phone consult for herbal treatment $75
Since the patient's disc injury was so old, I recommended once-a-week acupuncture sessions for at least 8 weeks and gave the patient supplements and topical suggestions to complement her acupuncture therapy. By the 5th acupuncture session, the patient reported 60% improvement and showed 10% increase in neck mobility. By the patient's 8th session, she had a 90% improvement in her neck rotation from left to right. She had almost no pain with periods of no pain at all and stated she hadn't felt that good since before injuring her neck in 1993.
The patient had plans to come in for periodic maintenance sessions but was unable to do this after both her and her spouse unfortunately lost their employment.