What Are The Acupuncture Points?
The acupuncture points are the areas along a meridian where the energy comes together and rises to the surface of the body. In Chinese medicine, disease is seen as imbalances in the organ system or Qi (chi) meridians, and the goal of any remedy or treatment is to assist the body in re-establishing it's innate harmony. In Chinese medicine, no two illnesses are ever the same, as each body has its own characteristics of symptoms and balance. Acupuncture is used to open or adjust the flow of Qi (chi) throughout the organ system, which will strengthen the body and prompt it to heal itself.
Are The Needles Sterile Or Are They Re-Used?
I only use FDA registered, sterile, single-use stainless steel needles and they are disposed of immediately after each acupuncture treatment. Needles are individually wrapped and sterilized by the manufacturer. They are opened only when they are ready to be used.
What Can I Expect During A Treatment?
During your first consultation, I will collect a complete history and detailed evaluation of your condition. I will then take your pulse, examine your tongue. The visit usually lasts 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
How Quickly Can I Expect To Feel Better?
In general, I tell my patients they should start to feel the benefits from acupuncture in 1-3 treatments. If the problem is acute, sometimes improvement is felt after 1 treatment, and may only need 3-5 treatments to resolve. If the problem is chronic and long term, it may take many treatments to help resolve.
How Often Should I Be Treated?
Typically I treat patients once a week. If the condition is acute and painful, I may want to do treatments 2 times per week for the first couple of weeks. The benefits of acupuncture treatments tend to hold longer as you receive treatments. What typically happens is that my patients start to need to see me less and less, so after a while they come periodically for maintenance or prevention.
Can I Receive Acupuncture If I Am Pregnant?
Yes, however, there are some points that are contraindicated during pregnancy. It is important to inform me if you are pregnant.
Translates into: "Acupuncture & Moxibustion"
Acupuncture and Moxibustion come as a pair in Oriental Medicine. They are in fact two characters in Chinese or Japanese writing which make one word. Acupuncture and Moxibustion complement each other to form one mode of therapy. The therapeutic effect is boosted or complimented when both forms of treatment are used together.
There are many benefits to Moxibustion. Clinically it increases blood cell counts, especially that of white blood cells, which strengthens the immune system.
The heat produced from the burning moxa penetrates deeply into underlying tissues, improving circulation, and helping to reduce both pain and inflammation.
Moxibustion can penetrate into the core of the pain location, and has results far surpassing that of pain medication.
With long term application of Moxibustion, it is possible to revitalize tissue that has had almost irreversible damage.
An ancient formula, Bu Zhong Yi Qi Wan has a long history of resolving digestive problems and prolapsed organs, both conditions due to Qi deficiency. Although primarily composed of tonifying herbs, this formula also contains two herbs that perform a task unique to Chinese medicine. Cimicifuga (sheng ma) and Bupleurum (chai hu) are used as directing herbs with an upward energy; that is, in addition to their specific medicinal effects, they can also direct the effects of an herb formula to the upper portion of the body.
A formula such as Xiao Yao Wan would be recommended to help to smooth the flow of excess liver Qi and to disperse it so it does not stagnate and aggravate the emotions. This is an example of a popular herbal formula to address over-accumulation or excess in the liver.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Qi is the vital energy whose smooth flow around the body keeps the body and its organs working in harmony. When a flow of Qi in meridians is stagnated the affected organs will malfunction. In case of liver Qi stagnation, one typically feels distending pain along the sides of the body (especially in the chest), easily gets upset, depressed, and has irregular, painful menstruation or swollen breasts for woman.
Xiao Yao Wan (Free and Easy Wanderer) disperses liver Qi stagnation. Researches have suggested that Xiao Yao Wan may regulate menstruation by regulating the secretion of hormones. Xiao Yao Wan is indicated in Chinese medicine for soothing the liver and strengthening the spleen, tonifying the blood and regulating menstruation. It is used for irregular menstruation, distension pain in the chest and hypochondria, dizziness and blurry vision, and loss of appetite due to liver Qi stagnation.
Herbs are derived from all parts of plants: roots, stems, seeds, fruits, flowers and leaves. Chinese medicine also may include substances derived from mineral and animal sources. Traditionally the herbs are cooked in a decoction or tea. Commonly herbs are found as powders and tea pills.
I recommend and use Chinese herbal manufacturers that are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice). GMP herbal manufacturers ensure that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards (free of heavy metals, dyes, and contaminants).
Chinese herbal medicine is used when there is an underlying deficiency, or when there is an over-accumulation, to disperse it. Chinese Qi strengthening pills combat Qi deficiency, which can result in poor digestion, fatigue, and a more serious condition called organ prolapse.
Moxibustion (Moxa) is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, also known as Artemesia Vulgaris, 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, digestion, and immunity.
Moxa stimulates the flow of Qi (energy) and blood movement, warms the channels, and enhances your overall health and vitality.
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