Valerie Brinkman, LAc
5601 Reynolds Rd.
Austin, TX 78749 United States
Acupunctural Support to Mitigate Side Effects from Liver Surgery
A female patient of age 40 arrived at Dr. Brinkmanís office in 2006. She had a blood tumor removed from the liver. Ever since the surgery happened the patient started to suffer from multiple problems (irregular menstrual cycle, edemas in hands, feet and ankles prior to the period, fertility problems, joint problems, high blood pressure, pre-diabetic, high sensitivity to ingested substances). Everything had become much more problematic after the surgery. The patient tried to become pregnant but did not succeed.
Dr. Brinkman started a treatment program exclusively composed of acupuncture (notification of spleen and kidney as well as liver activation). An herbal treatment component had not been included because of the patientís sensitivity to external substances. For the first three weeks the patient came twice a week. Then the treatment intensity was reduced to one session per week. From then on a continued treatment session once every other week was applied. The goal was to make the patient feel better and keep the well being with continued maintenance.
As a result, the acupuncture has made the patient feel better on a daily basis. However, maintenance is highly necessary to keep up the patientís level of comfort.
Successful Healing Process for Rheumatoid Arthritis
A male patient of age 88 came for treatment in 2011. The patientís back has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. He complained about overall back stiffness as well as fatigue in the lower back area. The patient suffered from high blood pressure (has been on medication). He also was diagnosed with swelling in his lower legs and carried a proton pump inhibitor for his stomach.
Bussiness Hours: by appointment
Phone Consulting: Yes
Fees Schedule: $50 per session
Dr. Brinkman has applied three acupunctural treatments a week so far. As a first result, the patient testified betterment after two treatments (less stiffness in the morning). Unfortunately, the patient is hesitant to herbal treatment which would promise additional success. The treatment is still in progress.
Note: The 88 year old patient appears to be in fairly good shape. He had a quadruple bypass surgery in July 2010 without any complications.