ACUPUNCTURE

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest known healing modalities according to the National Institute of Health (NIH). Contrary to popular Western belief, acupuncture is not just a system for inserting fine needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points to alleviate pain, it is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy (Qi), and stimulates certain nerve endings of the body and can relieve  a wide variety of health conditions. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health.

In the midst of the opioid crisis, acupuncture has been growing in popularity in the United States, and has gained support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.  A 1998 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine showed that medical doctors refer their patients to acupuncturists more than any other “alternative” care provider; the same study also revealed that 51% of medical doctors believe acupuncture to be efficacious and of value.

The earliest document about acupuncture dates back to around 5,000 years ago, “Emperor

Nei-Jing” is the bible of Chinese medicine, and it records the twelve regular meridians that we use in Chinese Medicine today and is still the most influential book in today’s traditional medicine society.

Electro-Acupuncture (EAC) is the application of electrical micro-current to acu-points on a patient. Stimulation increases levels of analgesia, promotes tissue repair and healing, and promotes regeneration of nerve fibers in situations where cell bodies of damaged nerves are still vital. This process creates a pulsating sensation that is not painful to patient.

How Does It Work?

Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of "yin" and "yang" of the life force known as "qi," pronounced "chi." Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the forces.

Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridiens and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.  Inserting needles into these points with appropriate combinations is said to bring the energy flow back into proper balance.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest known healing modalities,  it is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions, and is also often used as a preventative medicine.  The World Health Organization recommends Acupuncture for the following:

  • Digestive Disorders: Gastritis and Hyperacidity, Spastic Colon, Constipation, Diarrhea.

  • Respiratory Conditions: Bronchitis, Bronchial asthma, Coughing, Sinusitis.

  • Gastro Intestinal Conditions: Acute and Chronic Gastritis, Hyperacid Stomach, Ulcers, Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Hiccups.

  • Neurologic Conditions: Headache, Migraines, Paralysis from stroke, Peripheral Neuropathy.

  • Muscle and Skeleton Conditions: Tennis Elbow, Sciatica, Lower Back / Neck / Knee Pain.

  • Gynecologic Conditions: PMS, Menopausal Disorders, Irregular Menstruations, Endometriosis.

  • Urinary, Menstrual, and reproductive problems.

  • Libido, Hormonal or Energy Complaints.

Can Acupuncture For Stress and Depression? YES, PLEASE!

  Results After Acupuncture:

  • Stable mood, calmness, centeredness

  • Happier, consistent sense of ease

  • Better self-esteem

  • Feel more in control to perform work

  • Usual anxiety triggers no longer affect

  • Higher / more stable energy

  • Ease of digestion

  • Free of aches & pains

  • Better circulation

  • Higher adaptability & solve problems

  • Ease integrating learning experiences

  • Improved libido

  • Higher focus

  • Clearer thinking & decision-making

  • Better ability to take on work & tasks

  • Appetite regulation

Studies Prove:

 

The efficacy of acupuncture as a treatment for depression & anxiety. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) states that “evidence for the use of acupuncture to treat anxiety disorders is becoming stronger.” 

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that health is dependent on Qi (energy) – which, when in good health, moves in a smooth and balanced way through a chain of fourteen main channels (Jing Luo in Chinese) mapped out throughout the body.

 

Stress, anger, or any intense emotion acts like a traffic jam, blocking the free flow of energy (Qi) in the body, and causing pain.

 

For example, many people who are very stressed out complain of upper back, shoulder and neck pain. This is because stress is causing tension in those areas, blocking the free flow of energy, causing pain, tightness, and often leading to headaches.

 

By inserting needles into the acupuncture points, which lie at specific predetermined anatomical locations on these channels, we stimulate body’s energy (Qi) to start the healing process and assist it to restore its natural balance.

 

Acupuncture points can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping is a method of treating disease that is caused by local congestion. The therapy of cupping has been used in China for thousands of years and it is still used today by many alternative medicine. 

 

The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). 

 

Cupping brings fresh blood to the area, so it tends to improve circulation. It also helps open up the chest and benefit the lungs and can even benefit menstrual problems, digestive problems and cellulite reduction. 

Scientifically Proven Benefits Of Cupping Therapy:

  • High blood pressure

  • Relieve pain

  • Moves Qi & blood.

  • Relief from respiratory issues

  • Improve digestion

  • Promote healing from injuries

  • Promote relaxation/ mental health

  • Diminishes inflammation

  • Treats internal & musculoskeletal disorders

  • Weight loss

  • Detoxification

  • Arthritic pain

  • Stiff muscles

  • Anxiety

  • Fatigue

  • Migraines

  • Rheumatism

  • Stomach ache

  • Headache

  • Hypertension

  • Common cold, cough

  • Painful menstruation

Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine is a major aspect of traditional Chinese medicine, which focuses on restoring a balance of energy, body, and spirit to maintain health rather than treating a particular disease or medical condition. By combining the best of the modern diagnostic technology with the century old natural herbal medicine (might be taken as tablets, capsules, teas or liquid extracts), our Licensed Acupuncturists provide patients with herbal consultation, effective and natural treatments.

Chinese Medicine For Women’s Health

Chinese medicine has a long history of treating women’s health concerns, including gynecological disorders, infertility, and obstetrics. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture and herbal therapy in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including

Infertility, Menstrual Irregularities, Prenatal and Postnatal Care, Breastfeeding, Pain Management, Menopausal Symptoms, Healthy and Glowing Skin.

Mind, Body, Spirit

Medical Qi-Gong 

Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese Medical practice that combines slow movements, conscious breathing, and focused mental attention to strengthen and enhance the flow of Qi (energy) throughout your body.

Use Qi Gong-the highly valued self-healing practice with acupuncture to cultivate internal healing, and strengthen the flow of the life force.

Rather than addressing your symptoms (as Western medicine tends to do), Medical Qi Gong addresses your ailment at its very source by healing your entire being — mentally, emotionally and physically.

Tai Chi Therapy 

Originally developed in ancient China as a system of self-defense, Tai Chi is now a highly refined art that combines slow flowing movements with focused breathing techniques to strengthen your overall health and well-being. Practiced by millions of people worldwide, the benefits of Tai Chi are well-documented, and include not only a stronger physical body, but also a more focused and clear sense of awareness and attention.

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