Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture
A key service we offer at our holistic health center is traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. By inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise points, acupuncture promotes the natural healing ability of the body and improves its functioning. Though it may seem strange and mysterious, this method has been tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for numerous ailments, including, but not limited to, headaches, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, fibromyalgia, sinus problems and allergies.
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications.
What should I expect when I visit an acupuncturist?
Your ﬁrst visit usually involves a lengthy examination that includes asking many questions and taking a complete history. The acupuncturist will be examining you by: looking (which may include viewing skin colors, dryness of skin or hair, posture, redness of eyes, rashes, color of tongue, etc.), listening to voice and smell of bodily odors, and palpation of the body which includes feeling of pulses. You may or may not receive an acupuncture treatment during your initial consultation.
The acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable, very ﬁne and virtually painless.
After your ﬁrst visit, the acupuncturist will recommend a treatment plan and may ask you to return once or twice a week for six to ten treatments depending on your needs. Once stabilized, returning every three to four weeks for treatment may be recommended. Periodic visits for health maintenance and preventive care are appropriate for those in good health.
What does Acupuncture help with?
The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.
Your acupuncture treatment may include:
Tuina Massage. These pressing, tapping, and kneading movements remove blockages along the meridians of the body and stimulate the flow of qi and blood to promote healing. Tuina is used to treat or complement the treatment of many conditions, especially specific musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems.
Auricular Acupuncture (Ear). By treating the underlying condition, auricular acupuncture promotes deeper physiological changes to facilitate the natural, self-regulating homeostatic processes of the body.
Cupping. The goal of any cupping treatment is to restore proper balance and free flow of Qi and blood. Cupping uses suction to draw stagnation out towards the skin’s surface. There may be an extra charge for this procedure.
Electrical Stimulation. This method has been proven to decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and accelerate healing. Electrical stimulation enhances the effect of an acupuncture treatment since the needles conduct very small electrical currents into the body’s acupuncture points.