Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere. According to Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
Acupressure / Tapping
Acupressure and tapping are based on an ancient principle of healing — that simply touching / tapping a specific point on the body will release stress and improve health. In an acupressure or tapping session, firm pressure is applied – or tapping is done – to points on the body, relieving muscle tension and improving circulation. These simple and powerful techniques have been shown to be very effective in treating headaches, backaches and even insomnia. These techniques are often given as homework for the patient, allowing continuation of treatment beyond the office visit.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized “cup” onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn’t hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments. First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called “Sha”), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy) and enhance your overall vitality and health. Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
One of the most common questions that patients ask about Chinese Medicine is: “Why does my practitioner check my pulse?” Pulse diagnosis is actually one of the most complex and important diagnostic techniques used in Chinese Medicine. Through feeling and evaluating your pulse, I obtain an accurate diagnosis of your overall constitution, Qi (energy) flow, and internal organ health, among other things. I then synthesize all of this information into a highly effective and individualized treatment plan for your specific needs.
Reiki is a Japanese form of energy work that cleanses and balances the energy system in the body. As a result, the body’s natural self-healing mechanisms strengthen, helping to establish optimal health. During a session, the energy field is engaged to remove blockages, detoxify the system and restore the vital life force by utilizing a gentle laying on of hands. The benefits of Reiki range from the release of habitual mental/emotional stress to alleviating chronic pain. The Reiki healing is a precise technology that opens the body’s energy channels (meridians and chakras), which induces natural healing, helping to alleviate pain.
Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of acupuncture. Using a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) helps to relax muscles and stimulate the flow of energy throughout the body. Both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels are treated at the same time, achieving great results.
“I Ching” translates as “The Book of Changes”, which has been in use in China for thousands of years. It is an extremely precise method of divination. This can be done by phone or on Skype, as well as in person. The answers or predictions of future events are revealed by using a numerological system based on Yin and Yang. Traditionally, a bundle of yarrow sticks were thrown but the modern equivalent uses three coins for divination that are tossed six times to form six lines of a hexagram. The “Book of Changes” is then used to interpret the meaning of the hexagrams in relation to the specific question asked. There are sixty-four possible configurations of the hexagrams; the hexagrams represent a process in nature or human nature and can reveal future luck, growth, or misfortunes.
Weight Loss, Smoking Cessation, Drug and Alcohol Addiction Five Consecutive Treatments
Acupuncture regulates imbalances in the body, accelerating the detoxification process. It is used in many detox programs because of its effectiveness. This method can help with weight loss, smoking cessation, drug and alcohol dependence by eliminating cravings and withdrawal symptoms in a way that is completely natural, and leaves no side effects. A rigorous one week detox program provides quick and efficient results. The links below provide more information about detoxification with acupuncture:
Seasonal Acupuncture Horary Treatments
Horary treatments consist of five individual tune-ups performed during specific times of the day and year. The five seasons – Summer, Late Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring – each have predominant qualities expressed in nature that correspond with the functions of body, mind, and spirit. Receiving treatment during these phases brings alignment to these energies in nature.
For those situations where nothing has worked, when conventional treatments cannot heal your pain, acupuncture is a natural method of pain management over time. People use acupuncture for various types of chronic issues. Headaches, back, neck, and joint pain are just a few examples of what can be managed with treatment.
Symptoms Commonly Treated with Acupuncture
- Meniere’s Disease
- Tennis Elbow
- Digestive problems
- Menstrual problems
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Morning Sickness
- Urinary tract infection
- Emotional problems
- Facial palsy
- Common Cold
- Sore throat
- Intercostal Neuralgia
- Sport Injuries
- Knee painv
- Dental Pain
- Low back pain
- Substance Abuse
- Smoking Cessation
- Frozen Shoulder
- Reproductive problems
- Bladder problems
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shoulder pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Sleep problems
- Eye problems
- Wrist pain
- Peripheral Neuropathy