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Acupuncture is an essential part of Traditional Oriental Medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous history that spans over 5, 000 years. Oriental Medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbology and bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise based on Traditional Oriental Medicine principles. This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the world’s population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.
Can Acupuncture help me?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Some conditions may require slow and steady progress. There are many factors that influence the course of treatment. These include the duration of the disease, current lifestyle and constitution of the patient.
We provide gentle guidance for our patients to participate in their healing process. This helps to ensure a more rapid recovery as well as health maintenance and prevention of disease in the future.
Some conditions will most effectively be alleviated through a combination of Oriental and Western Medicine. Oriental Medicine and Western Medicine work in a complementary manner to each other.
How does Acupuncture work?
Oriental Medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western Medicine. It works with the natural energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Ancient Chinese healing practitioners recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy “Qi” (pronounced “chee”), and they discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called “meridians”. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.
An Acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on your body. This quick and easy insertion stimulates your body’s Qi. Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians, and each point has predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.
Traditional Oriental Medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other sighs and symptoms to create a composite Oriental medicine diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.
What will I feel during treatment?
Acupuncture needles are very fine, about the diameter of a human hair. The sensation of an acupuncture needle varies from patient to patient. Most patients do not even feel the needle’s insertion, although some describe it as being similar to a slight bug bite. During treatment, various sensations may be felt at the acupuncture point. These sensations may include heaviness, warmth or a slight tingling. This is a positive indication that Qi is being activated at the point.
Most patients find the treatment to be very relaxing, and many find themselves in a deeply peaceful state or even fall asleep. After the treatment, they often feel refreshed and relaxed, and simultaneously many feel energized.
Can Herbal Remedies help me?
Herbs have been used throughout the ages both to treat specific maladies, to help boost energy and immunity, pacify the mind, and promote an overall sense of well being. Chinese herbal formulas are prescribed alone or as a complement to acupuncture treatment. They are normally taken three times a day in the form of a pill, powder or tea. Just as with acupuncture, treatment courses vary in duration, lasting from as little as one day to several months, depending upon the chronicity of the condition.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is unique in that each formula is customized to the patient’s specific condition as well as to his or her individual constitution.