Brian is an author of international
renown and public speaker. He is currently writing his book
Chinese Medicine: A Practical Guide to Optimal Healing.
Brian practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine
in sunny San Diego, California.
Research and experience show that acupuncture works.
My pain program, which I call "Pain Management San Diego" will
get you results as fast or faster than any other natural treatment.
Some people have trouble believing that acupuncture can work for
things like asthma, stroke, or psychological conditions, but if
there's one thing they can buy into, it's acupuncture for pain
Pain Management Credibility
In 1980, the World Health Organization released a report on 43
diseases they were confident that research justified acupuncture
could treat. Included in that list were pain management for:
Toothache, sore throat, gastritis, acid reflux, ulcer, colitis,
headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, intercostal neuralgia
(rib pain), tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain, and osteoarthritis.
In1996, the National Institutes of Health released their Consensus
Statement on Acupuncture based on another review of the evidence.
They also listed these pain conditions and ideas:
Post-operative dental pain; many different pain conditions
including menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, and fibromyalgia;
and a general effect on all pain. (http://consensus.nih.gov/cons/107/107_statement.htm#2_1._What)
The Dangers of Non-Natural Pain Management
Drugs have serious limitations and side-effects:
- They usually only treat the symptom and not the underlying
- All the opiates can cause addiction (note that acupuncture
can be used to treat addiction, so it's anti-addictive!).
- NSAID's like ibuprofen can cause stomach ulcers and life-threatening
- Steroids like prednisone can reduce inflammation but cause
bone loss, adrenal burnout, and steroid rage.
- Acetominophen (tylenol) is the leading cause of liver failure
in hospitals - it's toxic to your liver.
- Aspirin can cause dangerous bleeding syndromes.
Additional Evidence for Acupuncture Pain Management San Diego
There has been more good acupuncture
research than ever since 1996 - studies not reviewed by either
the WHO or the NIH statements.
Pain Management San Diego
So, what about you, the San Diego pain sufferer? How can you
get good, effective, natural pain relief here in San Diego? Come
and take part in my program, Pain Management San Diego.
Part 1 of Pain Management San Diego - Forms
As with all medical experiences, we begin with the fun task of
filling out some forms. The following are the basic forms I like
to see before we meet. Email them to me (bbcarter at pulsemed
dot org), or fax (619-282-1332).
Make sure to call for an appointment though! (619-208-1432).
Right-click and 'Save As' each
Part 2 of Pain Management San Diego - Exam and Assessment
Pain Management San Diego starts with an exam and assessment.
I make use of both western and Chinese medicine in my diagnosis.
We'll talk about the pain, its location and nature, what makes
it better and worse, etc. I'll look at the location of the pain.
I'll consider the condition of the rest of your body and how it
relates to your pain condition. I may run you through some physical
exam to pinpoint the cause of the pain. I may send you out for
x-rays or other tests. If any part of this assessment has already
been conducted by your doctor, I can use that information.
Part 3 of Pain Management San Diego - Treatment
In Pain Management San Diego, I use several treatment options
depending on my assessment, and how well you respond.
This is the primary treatment in Pain Management San Diego. Just
about every pain case can benefit from acupuncture. It doesn't
just relieve pain - it can re-route your nervous system for chronic
pain. There are many styles of acupuncture. For pain management,
I generally use two types of acupuncture: Master Dong acupuncture,
which produces quick and effective pain relief, and orthopedic
motor point acupuncture (to reset the muscle's resting tone and
eliminate trigger points). E-stim (a minimal and comfortable amount
of electrical stimulation), can also be applied through needles
once they are inserted.
Chinese herbal medicine
Pain Management San Diego also uses Chinese herbs to relieve
pain. If your pain is systemic in nature, in multiple locations,
long-term or stubborn, this can be a deciding factor. There are
formulas to heal pain and injuries, reduce inflammation and swelling,
and speed healing. Pain Management San Diego uses herbs for these
temporary benefits and to address the root cause of your pain.
Pain Management San Diego includes other physical therapies for
pain management such as cupping (vacuum-like pressure with cups
to move stagnant fluids and blood in the muscles), gwa sha (the
same, but without the vacuum pressure), and tui na (Chinese medical
massage). These make a big difference in some cases we've seen
at Pain Management San Diego.
Part 4 of Pain Management San Diego - Results and Completion
My goal is to get you results quick. I apply the tools in my
toolkit (several acupuncture styles, herbs, and other therapies),
until I see a change in your pain. We continue until we hit a
plateau in results. Then we try another strategy. After your pain
is gone, we continue acupuncture for several treatments to make
sure it won't return .
Will You Have to Come Back Forever?
No! My goal is to getter you back to 100% pain-free, functional,
capable, joyous living. I do not want you to be dependent upon
me. I meet all these interesting people, and then I do my best
to make sure they won't see me anymore. I want you to get better
quickly as possible for as little money as possible.
Payment for Pain Management San Diego
You pay as you go. Every patient and every condition is different.
It's impossible to say up front how many treatments it will require.
You can pay with cash, check, visa, or mastercard at the time
of the visit. If so, I offer a time of service discount, which
means the first visit is $85, and follow-ups are $50 - those prices
include whatever therapies we do during the visit. Chinese herbal
formulas are separate, and cost between $13-25 per week, if we
use them. Your insurance may cover your visits- let us check your
coverage for your at no charge. Just call and give us your insurance
If you were injured at work, workers compensation may cover your
pain management. We can check that for you. For more about workers
comp injuries, click
If you have any other questions, just give me a call at 619-208-1432.
I look forward to meeting you, and hope you choose to take advantage
of my Pain Management San Diego program!
Brian B. Carter, MSci, LAc
Founder, Pain Management San Diego
619-208-1432 call for appointments
6629 Convoy Court
San Diego, CA 92111