many years of TMJ pain, I was diagnosed with RSD (Reflex Sympathetic
Dystrophy) IN 2001. The many medications and steroid injections
I was given while relieving pain seriously incapacitated me and
did not cure my condition of constant pain, fatigue, depression
and insomnia, and muscle spasms.
During the summer of 2002, I moved to the Lehigh Valley area and
sought the help of Chung-Hu Tao, an acupuncturist and herbalist.
I found what he treated relieved many of my symptoms and enabled
me to do activities I had not done in years. Although RSD and
problems are something I will always have to live with, acupuncture
has enabled me to resume a more normal life with many less medications
(that have their own side effects) and much less pain.
I t is clear to me that Dr. Tao's patient, caring, and informed
approach is an excellent adjunct to the usual Western way of medicine.
I believe it is a healthier way to deal with certain intractable
medical problems and recommend to those with chronic problems
to give a try."
"I am a 44 year old female afflicted with RSD (Reflex
Sympathetic Dystrophy) for the past 4 years. I was diagnosed by
an orthopedic surgeon, who ordered me to try nerve blocks and
for the next couple of months received 20 nerve blocks which helped
me less and less. Not succeeding there I was sent to Jefferson
Pain Clinic in Philadelphia for an implant (spinal) and was told
my disease had progressed too far. Over the past 4 years I have
seen to Allentown Pain Clinic, Hershey Pain Clinic, John Heinz
Institute and Kinston Pain Clinic along with physical therapy
and was treated with morphine and methadone to little or no avail.
After nothing worked I was sent to a neurologist who referred
me to see Dr. Tao for acupuncture treatments. For the past 2 months
I was unable to drive but after one treatment, I was driving again,
my appetite had improved and my outlook on life had completely
changed. I once again sleep at night something I hadn't experienced
for the past 4 years. The results have been miraculous. After
hearing from doctors that there was nothing else they could do,
and even though I know the disease is incurable I would advise
any one else with similar ailments to try acupuncture and Chinese