Acupuncture & Traditional Oriental Medicine
Oriental herbal medicine and acupuncture are complimentary ancient therapeutic modalities that are often used together to treat a variety of medical conditions. All herbs used are classified according to their energetic qualities, functions, and the different organs, meridians, and disharmonies for which they address. Individual herbs are combined to enhance their actions and effects upon the body. When combined, a unique, synergistic formula is created and this combination increases the benefits of a particular formula and minimizes any harmful side effects. Oriental herbal medicine can be used to expedite the healing process, and strengthen, support or tonify the body. It is a safe, effective, drug-free, and natural way to nourish the body. Treating the body as a whole and unique organism can support recovery from illness and disease towards health and wholeness.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine in which thin needles are inserted into the body. It has evolved into a complete and holistic medical system. Acupuncture involves the belief that a "life force" (Qi) circulates within the body in lines called meridians. The meridians describe the overall energy distribution system of Chinese Medicine and help us to understand how basic substances of the body (Qi, blood and body fluids) permeate the whole body. Acupuncture is used most commonly for pain relief, although it is also used to treat a wide range of conditions.
What is Qi and how does it travel?
Qi is a vital force forming part of any living thing. Qi translates literally as "breath" and figuratively as "life force". Qi is the central underlying principle in Chinese traditional medicine.
Qi energy flows through the meridian or energy highway, accessing all parts of the body. Meridians can be mapped throughout the body; they flow within the body and not on the surface, meridians exist in corresponding pairs and each meridian has many acupuncture points along its path. A meridian is an ‘energy highway’ in the human body.
What will my acupuncturist do?
Acupuncturist will ask a full health history during the initial exam. Specifically, questions regarding physical symptoms, health and lifestyle will be asked. She may check blood pulse and your tongue and may also conduct a physical exam. The exam helps to diagnose where Qi is blocked or imbalanced.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed vary from person to person depending on the person’s condition. Some experience relief as little as one treatment while others will take months or even years of many treatments to achieve the same results. It usually takes longer and more treatments for the chronic conditions to get resolved than the acute ones.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The sensation caused by the insertion of the acupuncture needle also varies from person to person. Some feel very little pain; however, most feel almost no pain.
How deep will the needle be inserted?
The needles will be inserted from 1/8" to 1.5" depending on the location of the body.
How safe is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is known to be very safe. It is a natural alternative to medicinal treatment. The acupuncture needles are sterilized before use and are discarded after use.
Is acupuncture safe for children?
Yes, it is safe for children too. Also, children usually respond faster than adults. If children have aversion to needles, the acupuncturist usually massages the acupuncture points instead.
What type of schooling does acupuncturist get?
Acupuncturist must complete four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at a nationally certified school. Also, two years college credits are required prior to eligibility to enter the graduate training. The state in which the acupuncturist will practice requires her to pass the national exam and to meet the strict state guidelines.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions including:
Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders
• Sore Throat
• Hay Fever
• Nerve Deafness
• Ringing in the Ears
• Poor Eyesight
• High Blood Pressure
• Angina Pectoris
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Spastic colon
• Food Allergies
• Abdominal Bloating
Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders
• Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
• Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
• Chronic Bladder Infection
• Complications in Pregnancy
• Morning Sickness
• Kidney Stones
• Infertility in Men and Women
• Sexual Dysfunction
• Chronic Fatigue
• HIV and AIDS
• Epstein Barr Virus
• Smoking Cessation
Emotional and Psychological Disorders
Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders
• Back Pain
• Stiff Neck
• Bell's Palsy
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Headaches and Migraines
• Cerebral Palsy
• Muscle Spasms
• Colds and Flus
Acupuncture Also Treats
• Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
• Dermatological Disorders
• Weight Control
Acupuncture & Depression
Acupuncture can help alleviate the signs and symptoms accompanying depression by addressing the root causes and underlying imbalances that have contributed to the problem, safely and naturally. Physical problems, over time, cause "stagnant or depressed Qi" which may manifest as emotional problems. If it is left untreated, it may lead to depression. The goal of acupuncturist in this area is to activate the movement of Qi throughout the entire body, as well as address the root causes and underlying imbalances.
Acupuncture & Allergies
According to Oriental medical theory, the symptoms and things that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies related to If Qi is inadequate. The health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal, dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, constitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxin.
Acupuncture & Neck Pain
Neck pain according to Traditional Oriental medicine (TMC) can be caused by a variety of factors including bad posture, injuries, trauma, and motor vehicle accidents, medical conditions, over-use, strain, muscle tension, and stress.
Acupuncture & Asthma
Asthma is known as "Xiao Chuan" which means "wheezing" and "shortness of breath". It is caused by a variety of factors that involve imbalance with Qi and imbalance of one or more of the organ systems, generally the lungs, spleen, or kidney. In addition to the treatment of asthma, the acupuncturist may also diagnose and treat including the invasion of wind, phlegm damp, lung weakness, spleen weakness, liver imbalance, liver heat, and Qi deficiency.