Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been practiced in China for several thousand years. It is one of the oldest complete systems of medicine. Acupuncture involves inserting sterile, disposable, thin needles into specific areas of the body to induce therapeutic results. Acupuncture works by stimulating the circulation, connective tissue, and lymphatic system. Acupuncture releases endorphins (feel good chemicals) in the brain, balances hormones and the immune system, and stimulates pain relieving nerve fibers. In general, acupuncture does not hurt, even though you may feel a little pinch, sting, or achey sensation which is described in chinese medicine as “qi”. Qi stimulation is what allows the acupuncture to help balance your body.
Many conditions have been proven to respond successfully to acupuncture according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including:
- post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting
- nausea of pregnancy
- post-operative dental pain
- addictions (smoking, etc.)
- stroke rehabilitation, headaches
- menstrual cramps
- tennis elbow
- fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue
- low back pain & sciatica
- carpal tunnel syndrome
Acupuncture is safe and effective for a wide range of conditions in addition to those listed above because it works on restoring balance to patterns of disharmony that can manifest as disease in the body.
Additional conditions which acupuncture has helped our patients with:
- stress and stress related disorders
- anxiety and depression
- digestive disorders
- autoimmune disorders
- fertility problems
- high blood pressure
- menopause and hormonal imbalances
- and many more…
The reason why acupuncture is so effective in many types of disorders is because it is working on rebalancing the whole body by calming the nervous system and stimulating the brain to produce chemical signals to create balance. In addition, each treatment is individualized based on the patients’ needs.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete system of healing that developed in China about 3,000 years ago that is based on observing nature and how the laws of nature, including our emotions, influence our health. An imbalance due to stress, emotions, diet, weather changes, etc. can cause a blockage in the flow of your qi (chee) or vital energy traveling through your body along pathways in the body called meridians. TCM practitioners use acupuncture, herbs, and other techniques to help unblock your qi and bring your body back into harmony and wellness. In contrast to the principles of western medicine, theories of traditional Chinese medicine emphasize the balance of the whole body.
In the treatment process, the diagnostic procedure involves four steps: observing, listening and smelling, inquiring, and palpating. In order to make a diagnosis in chinese medicine your practitioner will spend time with you asking many questions, taking your chinese medical pulse, and looking at your tongue to make a diagnosis that will dictate the acupuncture points they will use and treatment strategies that are best for helping your individual condition.
Other Traditional Chinese Medical Techniques:
Using cups as a suction device to move stagnant blood and promote circulation and lympathic drainage in the body. For example, cupping may be used to relieve phlegm and stimulate the immune system with bronchitis or chest congestion.
Acupuncture needles may be stimulated with a TENS unit or to produce an electrical stimulation to help with circulation and pain syndromes.
- Ear acupuncture
There is a whole map of your body in your ear and your practitioner may use some or many ear points to help rebalance your body. There is a 5 needle protocol that is very effective for addictive disorders that is practiced in clinics with practitioners that can be certified through the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). Licensed acupuncturist are also trained in ear acupuncture and do not require NADA certification because it is already a part of their training.
- Gua sha
Using a bone or jade implement to massage an area of the body
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal medicine and herbal medicine in general is the earliest form of medicine. The Chinese Herbal Pharmacopae is a very advanced and well preserved system of medicine whereby certain herbs and herbal combinations are used to help disease and disharmony. Your chinese herbal medicine practitioner can make you a custom formula that addresses the totality of your symptom picture.Some of the conditions where chinese herbal medicine is especially helpful:
– cold, flus, and sinus congestion
– PMS, fertility, menopause
– Lyme disease
– And many other conditions
“Moxa” involves using an herb, Artemisia vulgaris, to warm acupuncture points or areas of the body that need stimulation. Moxa may be used for cramps and any type of pain and is a treatment that your practitioner may advise you to do at home in between acupuncture treatments.
- Tui na
Tui na is a form of chinese massage.
- Qi gong
Qi gong (qigong/chi kung) is a way of cultivating the qi of the body for healing that developed alongside Acupuncture thousands of years ago. The qi has been called “life energy” and can be stimulated using various movements and techniques designed to help preserve health and prolong life.