Acupuncture is an essential part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a comprehensive system of healthcare with a continuous clinical history of over 3,000 years.
Acupuncture is the Chinese medical practice of inserting needles into specific points on the body to promote health and combat disease, thereby balancing Qi (pronounced chee), energy, or life-force.
According to Chinese medical philosophy and theory, there is an unceasing flow of vital energy, Qi, throughout the human body. This Qi originates from the organ systems, manifesting as pathways of energy, referred to as channels. When the Qi flow is smooth and in balance, a person is healthy. When a channel becomes obstructed, or there is a shortage of Qi, illness and pain result.
Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion and stimulation of micro-fine, pre-sterilized needles at strategic points along the effected channels of the body. Each acupuncture point has a specific purpose and function with a predictable result. Acupuncture points are selected and combined based on the pattern discrimination diagnosed.
The Acupuncturist is able to address imbalanced channels by using acupuncture techniques to remove obstructions in the flow of Qi and supplement Qi insufficiency. In this way acupuncture utilizes the body’s innate healing abilities to promote and restore its own natural state of harmony and balance.
Acupuncture can be used to treat acute and chronic problems as well as provide preventative medical treatment. Acupuncture works with the body, increasing overall vitality and energy. It improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and completely.
Other treatments used in conjunction with Acupuncture: Along with the actual needling, other therapy modalities are used to enhance the Acupuncture treatment. Therapies such as heat packs with castor oil, cupping, moxibustion, massage therapy, electrical stimulation, etc. are done with the treatment to enhance it’s effects.
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Therapeutic Massage includes an assortment of manual techniques, which the skilled Massage Therapist applies to adjust and regulate soft tissues and Qi (chi) circulation in the body.
Massage cannot only promote general physical and emotional well being, but is used as a major treatment for stress/tension disorders, joint and tendon disease, musculoskeletal conditions and internal disorders.
Inter-referrals between acupuncture, massage and chiropractic insure optimal patient care and are utilized at this Clinic.
to learn about many different types of Massage Therapy and the following are done at our Clinic.
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Chinese medicine is an umbrella term including: Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Diet Therapy, Exercise Counseling, and Lifestyle Counseling. Chinese medicine is, in itself, a complete health care system that has prevented and treated illness for thousands of years. In the recent history of our country, ever-growing numbers of Medical Doctors and Patients have turned to Chinese medicine, not only as a means of strengthening the body, which can be weakened by modern-day stress, but also to treat serious conditions deemed “incurable” by Western medicine.
to see a list of commonly treated conditions. Chinese medicine is a distinct and separate system of medical thought and practice from modern biomedicine. Chinese medicine is the oldest, continuously practiced, literate, professional medical system in the world. Chinese medicine has taken the Chinese over 3000 years to develop. As it is a complete, well-researched medical system, it is difficult to both explain and comprehend in western scientific or medical terms.
In its wisdom, Chinese medicine is able to determine the strengths and weaknesses of individual Patients. Many Patients experience sub-clinical complaints, such as fatigue, headache, low sex drive or weight gain. Western medicine often does not recognize the significance of these complaints. Chinese medicine views any observable symptom or sign as related to Internal Organ function. A careful Patient interview and exam reveals to the Acupuncturist, which systems in the body are strong and which are weak. This method allows not only treatment of the immediate condition, but also keeps the body/mind strong with preventative care. Chinese medicine can ‘see’ structures and functions that are weakened before they physically manifest. This is perhaps the most significant aspect of Chinese medicine.
Chinese herbal prescriptions provide the Acupuncturist with a powerful tool, which allows the benefits of the healing process to continue between patient visits.
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There is a rich and carefully evidenced history of Chinese medicinals, dating back thousands of years. Made from organic substances such as plants, flowers and minerals, Chinese medicinals are the precursors of Western pharmaceuticals. Unlike their synthetic counterparts however, Chinese medicinals rarely elicit side effects and have been proven safe during thousands of years of use.
An integral component of traditional Chinese medicine is the use of medicinal prescriptions. Medicinals are highly specific in their actions, temperature, flavor and direction, and are carefully combined to form balanced prescriptions aimed at the diagnosed pattern. Depending on the nature of your complaint you may be prescribed water-based decoctions, concentrated granular extracts, concentrated tinctures, capsules, tablets or "teapills."
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CranioSacral Therapy (or CST for short) is a very gentle osteopathic technique that releases restrictions of the central nervous system. These techniques are effective for a variety of disorders including:
- TMJ dysfunction
- Neck and back pain
- Sinus and eye problems
- Neuralgia (nerve pain)
- Nervous system disorders
CST can also benefit conditions like stroke, MS, autism, brain and spinal trauma.
Cranial work is a natural fit for infants and children. It is extremely gentle and it supports the growth and development of the brain and nervous system. Click here to learn more about CST Pediatrics.
CranioSacral Therapy (or CST for short) is based on myofascial release. The many layers of tissues in the body often become adhered to one another. These adhesions limit the independent motion of the various tissues which leads to pain, decreased circulation, and loss of function. CST helps restore the proper freedom of movement. Click to learn more about CranioSacral Therapy
Visceral Manipulation (VM)
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Visceral Manipulation is a series of gentle manual techniques designed to increase the range of motion of organs. In some ways it is similar to CranioSacral Therapy, another osteopathic myofascial release technique. Each organ has a range of motion, just like your shoulder or neck. Most of us don't really think about it but our organs are all pressed together vying for space. Organs like the lungs and stomach change size continuously.
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Neurotransmitters are proteins like serotonin, adrenaline, dopamine and norepinephrine. Nerves are like wires and neurotransmitters are like the switches in the body's wiring. Some are excitatory and they turn certain body systems on, making us alert and awake. Others are inhibitory and they turn things off, generally causing a calming effect. They create your bio-rhythms including, sleeping, eating, alertness, mood, focus, etc. Many of today's drugs for anxiety and depression are trying to specifically alter neurotransmitter function. While this can have some benefits, it is often laden with unwanted side-effects. Fortunately there are other options.
We offer patients comprehensive neurotransmitter testing to assess levels of these fundamental ingredients of the nervous system. With simple saliva and urine samples, we can accurately determine your levels of the various neurotransmitters. The lab results allow us to see how your nervous system is functioning and illustrate possible imbalances. By using targeted supplements, mostly amino acids, we provide the specific nutrients needed to better regulate neurotransmitter levels. After a three to six month course of treatment, we can retest to see how the levels changed.
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