Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Oriental Medicine originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is presently used as a primary health care system throughout the world. Chinese Medicine is one of the oldest continually practiced medical modalities in the world. The Oriental Medical tradition consists of what are known as “The 5 Branches:” acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage (tui na), exercise (meditation, gi gong), and diet/nutrition.
Acupuncture is used to prevent and treat disease, relieve pain, balance mood, enhance athletic performance, increase fertility, and improve overall health and wellness. Acupuncturists recognize pathways called “meridians” through vital energy or “qi” circulates. Pain and disease are seen as the result of an imbalance or blockage in the body’s natural energy flow. Such imbalance manifests as physical or emotional symptoms. The diagnostic process takes into account the patient’s physical and emotional constitution, and incorporates the external environmental or lifestyle influences that may be related to the symptoms. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points along meridians in order to disperse the blockage and mobilize the body’s natural healing response. Needling is one of a number of energy balancing techniques.
Symptoms and diseases are not isolated occurrences, they are signs pointing to an underlying imbalance within the body. Oriental Medicine treats not only the symptoms of an illness, but also aims to correct the underlying imbalances that have caused the illness to arise. This treatment approach results in better overall health, and it helps to prevent the return of an illness and its symptoms in the future.
As acupuncture evolved over the centuries in different parts of the Asian world, a number of styles emerged including Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Japanese Meridian Therapy, Korean Acupuncture, and others. Each one differs slightly in its diagnostic protocols and treatment style. Our clinic specializes in Japanese Acupuncture. One of the defining treatment philosophies underlying Japanese-style Acupuncture is the use of minimal and precise acupuncture-point stimulation to effect the greatest amount of change. Japanese acupuncture aims to create a deeply comfortable experience for the client. The pulse at the wrist is re-examined and new points are chosen as the treatment progresses based on the client’s individual response to treatment. We believe that acupuncture treatment should not only be effective, but also a pleasant experience that leaves clients feeling refreshed, calm and relaxed.
The use of acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat many types of conditions. In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.” Below you will see a list of the conditions mentioned in that report.
Psychological Conditions: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, PTSD, Somatization disorder, Insomnia
Neurological Conditions: Headache and migraine, Trigeminal neuralgia, Facial palsy (early stage, within three to six months), Paresis following stroke, Peripheral neuropathies, Meniere’s Disease, Nocturnal enuresis, Cervicobrachial syndrome, Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Intercostal neuralgia, Disc problems
Musculo-skeletal Conditions: Muscle pain, swelling, stiffness and weakness, Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, tendinitis, contractures, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Work and sports related injuries, Low back and/or neck strain, Osteoarthritis, “Frozen shoulder”, “tennis elbow”, Sciatica
Respiratory System Conditions: Acute or chronic sinusitis, Acute or chronic rhinitis, Common cold and allergies, Acute tonsillitis, Acute bronchitis, Bronchial asthma
Conditions of the Eye, Ear, Nose & Mouth; Acute conjunctivitis, Central retinitis, Myopia (in children), Cataract (without complications), Toothaches, post extraction pain, Gingivitis, Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Gastrointestinal Conditions: Spasms of esophagus, Irritable bowel and colitis, Gastroptosis, Acute and chronic gastritis, Acid reflux, Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief), Acute duodenal ulcer (without complication), Acute and chronic colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Acute bacillary dysentery, Paralytic ileus
Gynecological Conditions: Infertility, PMS, Dysmenorrhea, Menopause syndrome, Benign irregular menstruation, Benign amenorrhea
Cardiovascular Conditions: Essential hypertension
Other Conditions: Withdrawal from street and pharmacological drugs, Appetite suppression