The Acupuncturist Medical Oath

Sun Si Miao (581-682):
As a Physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine:• I shall look upon those who are in grief, as if I myself have been struck and I shall sympathize with them deep in my heart.• I will not give way to wishes and desires but develop first a marked attitude of compassion• I shall not ponder over my own fortune or misfortune and thus preserve life and have compassion for it.• Whoever suffers from disease and illness will be looked upon with contempt by people. I shall maintain an attitude of compassion, of sympathy, and of care. In no way shall arise an attitude of rejection.• I shall treat all patients alike, whether powerful or humble, rich or poor, old or young, beautiful or ugly, resentful relatives or kind friends, Chinese nationals or foreigners, fools or wise men.• I shall not emphasize my own reputation, and belittle the rest of physicians while praising my own virtue.• Neither dangerous mountain passes, nor the time of day, neither weather conditions nor hunger, thirst nor fatigue shall keep me from helping wholeheartedly.With this oath, I shall fulfill my responsibilities and my destiny as a physician to each and every patient who seeks help from me, until I am no longer capable of fulfilling my obligations, or until the end of this lifetime.

The Hot Flash: How I Treat Menopausal Transition in the Clinic

This information is interesting and valuable for both acupuncturists and for the general public.

Dr. Grosam’s free one-hour lecture on perimenopause diagnosis and treatment strategies.


What Every Acupuncturist Needs To Know

Before You Begin

Understand your patient.
Understand the symptoms.
Understand the severity.
Understand the possible effectiveness of your treatments.

“50% – 20% – 20% – 10%” Rule

50%: Patients will naturally respond to acupuncture treatments with full efficacy results.
20%: Patients will respond slower and more gradual and will need acupuncture prescription modifications.
20%: Patients will need long treatment courses, herbs, and lifestyle changes.
10%: Patients will not respond to Chinese medicine.

Build Effective Treatment Protocols
“Mild – Moderate – Severe” Rule
1.) Quantity: Based on severity and duration of symptoms:

Mild Conditions: (3-6 Tx).
Moderate Conditions: (6-12 Tx).
Severe Conditions: (12-24+ Tx).
Short Duration/Acute Conditions: (3-12 Tx).
Long Duration/Chronic Conditions: (12-24+ Tx).

2.) Frequency: Based on severity and duration of symptoms:

Mild Conditions: (1 Tx/wk).
Moderate Conditions: (1-2 Tx/wk).
Severe Conditions: (2 Tx/wk).
Short Duration/Acute Conditions: (2 Tx/wk).
Long Duration/Chronic Conditions: (1 Tx/wk).

3.) Every individual person is different.

Every individual will respond uniquely to acupuncture based on your particular lifestyle, diet, exercise, work, and sleep habits.
Emotional, environmental and genetic factors will also play a role and are a necessary consideration.

Treatment Schedule
1.) Set up acupuncture protocol based on diagnosis.

2.) Give the patient a predetermined set amount of treatments based on severity.

3.) Continue treatments if there are changes in: Severity, Duration, or Frequency of symptoms.

4.) If there are no changes, modify acupuncture prescription and repeat.

5.) Once the patient’s symptoms are manageable and controlled (within quality of life parameters), start spacing out the treatments or start maintenance treatments.

6.) If there are no changes after set amount of treatments, add herbal prescriptions and suggest lifestyle modifications.
“Constant changing of acupuncture prescriptions, herbal prescriptions, and lifestyle modifications, may lead to the increased difficulty of knowing which therapy is the key to the patient’s symptom alleviation.”

Sample Protocol
1.) Regulate zang-fu organs, harmonize digestion, and calm shen. (“The Oil Change”)

2.) Regulate qi, clear/drain […]

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Treatment for Men’s Sexual, Reproductive and Uro-Genital Health

Sun Acupuncture is dedicated in helping men with their reproductive, sexual, and uro-genital health. Whether it’s erectile dysfunction, poor sperm parameters, or urinary issues, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can provide excellent support for men in these areas.

American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine

Sun Acupuncture is pleased to announce that Dr. Brian Grosam is now a member of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM).

The ABORM is a dedicated group of acupuncture and Chinese medical professionals from around the world bringing the latest fertility and reproductive medicine research and current treatment strategies to their patients and the public.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Brian Grosam via email at Sun Acupuncture or by telephone at 952-935-0600 to learn more.

Preparation for IVF with Acupuncture

How can Chinese medicine and acupuncture help improve your IVF chances and percentages?

1. Increase blood supply (including oxygen and nutrients) to the testicles.

2. Increase blood supply (including oxygen and nutrients) to the follicles.

3. Improve ovarian function by regulating hormone levels (LH, testosterone, insulin).

4. Reduce stress hormones associated with reduced IVF success.

5. Increase oocyte mitochondrial ATP output.

6. Enhance follicle antioxidant defenses.

7. Improve follicle environment by reducing inflammatory cytokines.


Insight into the Treatment of Headaches During Perimenopause

I have successfully treated several dozen women for symptoms, including headaches, associated with perimenopause and here is my approach, ideas and suggestions. Headaches, in some circles of medical study, are considered a common symptom of perimenopause. Take, for instance, a common rating scale: the Blatt-Kupperman Index. This scale rates the severity of symptoms of the climacteric patient and includes headache as one of its weighted categories. On the contrary and based on my clinical research, I find that headaches should not be considered a common perimenopausal symptom. The reason being, commonly the sufferer has already had a history of headaches and often times it has been a chronic problem that started much earlier than perimenopause. If it were based on percentage, then according to my research, we would also have to include so many other common symptoms that the list would be endless. I suggest strictly using the signs of headache as a necessary diagnostic tool to confirm the TCM pattern of the patient. By questioning the patient about their headaches, the time of onset, duration and location, etc. it can give us a better and more accurate diagnosis of the true disharmony. So, with this in mind, I do not specifically focus my treatment on relieving the headaches, rather my focus is on the complete pattern. This allows the treatment of all of the indications simultaneously, including the headaches.

I have found a successful and eloquent acupuncture point prescription for the treatment of the common symptoms associated with perimenopause, which can also easily treat common patterns of headaches during this time. The following: RN4 (Guan Yuan), KI3 (Tai Xi), LI4 (He Gu), LR3 (Tai Chong), DU20 (Bai Hui), PC6 (Nei Guan), HT7 (Shen Men), […]

How Acupuncture Improves Natural Fertility

Great video!

Fertility Treatments in 2015

Sun Acupuncture will be introducing a comprehensive fertility treatment program in 2015 to meet the increasing requests.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have long and successful history in helping couples become pregnant and can be used in conjunction with other medical fertility treatments. Your pregnancy percentages will definitely improve with acupuncture and treatments are available for both partners.

Dr. Brian Grosam

Hot Flashes: Are Drugs Worth It?

The FDA approved a new drug called “Brisdelle” in 2013 for the treatment of hot flashes. I was excited to read all about this new therapy since treating perimenoausal symptoms is, after all, my specialty.

I was optimistic to learn all about a new breakthrough and that researchers finally figured out a way to regulate the body temperature to stop hot flashes. I wondered if researchers discovered how to regulate the hormone disruption during perimenopause, or possibly how to control the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian access to balance body thermoregulation.

Often times, new research in western medicine can give Chinese medicine practitioners, like myself, vital clues and new insight on ways of thinking about disease and how to improve our own treatments. I was hoping to learn from the actions of this new drug therapy and maybe I could find someway to reproduce the effects with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

What I discovered about the new pharmaceutical therapy was that it was not a new drug and it was not a new scientific breakthrough, but only the utilization and essentially rebranding of an already established drug… a depression drug.

The drug approved for the treatment of hot flashes is Paroxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that goes by the popular name Paxil. If you are not familiar with this drug, it is a drug primarily used to treat depression. To say the least, I was very disappointed to find out that the new therapy of choice for treating menopausal women is to prescribe anti-depressants.

The main reason behind searching for new and innovative ways to treat hot flashes is because the standard traditional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has potential cancer risks. But how is an anti-depressant any better? Have […]