Oriental Medicine acknowledges the vital life force that flows through all things. This force, which is called “Qi” (pronounced ‘chee’) or energy, flows along pathways in the human body. These pathways are related to the organs, the muscular system and the nervous system. When the balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors or excessive emotional issues, illness results. Oriental Medicine focuses on correcting these imbalances, stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
- Medical Qi Gong
- Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage)
- Chinese Herbal Medicine
- Cupping and Moxibustion Therapy
- Auricular Therapy
- Gua Sah Therapy
- Hot Rock Therapy
These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. These services affect:
Pain Management: auto accident and sports injuries, arthritis, joint pain, bone spurs, migraine headaches, acute muscular injury, chronic pain, neck, back, arm and shoulder pain, knee and foot pain
Respiratory System: asthma, allergies, sinusitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, cough
Emotional/Mental Health: insomnia, anxiety disorder, depression, stress
Digestive System: gastro colitis, hepatitis, peptic ulcer, acute/chronic gastric ailments, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea or constipation
Nervous System: Sciatic nerve pain, facial nerve paralysis, status post stroke symptoms
Other: stop smoking, weight loss, reduce wrinkles, high blood pressure, cancer support, diabetes, autoimmune disease
Acupuncture accesses the body’s Qi (‘chee’) or vital energy through acupuncture points that lie along 14 invisible energy lines known as meridians. Each meridian is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. An imbalance in the flow of Qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.
The acupuncturist insets very fine needles (finer than the ones used for injections into 5 to 15 points and leaves them in place for 20 to 30 minutes. The needles interrupt an unhealthy or stagnant Qi flow. The body’s natural desire to heal itself acts to restore the Qi flow to harmony. Many patients feel some relief immediately.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?
Most patients feel a slight sting or pinch upon insertion of the needle. The needles doe no hurt once in place but patients often feel a slight electrical ingle or a feeling of warmth or fullness in the area.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbology are safe medical procedures and are well known for their efficacy and lack of side effects when administered by a qualified practitioner. Most practitioners use sterilized disposable needles when administering an acupuncture treatment.