What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese Medicine is a health care model that dates back almost 5,000 years. Itís philosophy is to treat the whole person-body, mind, and spirit-focusing on the ongoing wellness rather than treating a symptom. Chinese Medicine refers to the body as direct reflection of natureís rhythms. It is compromised of various therapeutic applications such as: Tui Na/acupressure, herbal therapy, exercise, emotional and spiritual health, nutrition, and acupuncture.
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, pre-sterilized needles into designated areas of the body referred to as ďAcu PointsĒ. This stimulates and redirects your bodyís Chi/Qi (natural energy or life force) and blood that may have been obstructed back to a state of well-being. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain.
What is Qi?
It is the bodyís own energy that aids in all functions of living such as digestion, absorption, and production activities, and in circulation throughout the meridians. It is a combination of energies from our food, air, and inherited constitution.
What are Meridians?
There are 14 major pathways or channels that traverse throughout the body that transport blood, Qi, and fluids to every cell, organ, t. The meridians are named after an organ or gland which has a similar function to itís name according the Chinese medical diagnosis. For example there is Lung meridian, Spleen meridian, Large Intestine meridian, etc..
What affects imbalance in Qi and blood?
Many things affect the amount, quality, and free-flow of Qi and blood. Physical and emotional trauma, lack of exercise, poor food choices, overwork, stress, lack of sleep, or even seasonal changes can lead to imbalance or blockage of Qi and blood. This will restrict the supply of Qi and blood to nourish and support tissues, cells, muscles, glands, and organs. This blockage can weaken the body's natural functions becoming susceptible to pain, disease, and overall illness.
Does it really work?
When faced with unfamiliar phenomena, we naturally want to compare it to something familiar. So when we hear about Qi energy that flows through meridians, we're inclined to think of the nervous system
The biggest support for the use of acupuncture came in 1997. The National Institutes of Health(NIH) released a consensus statement including that acupuncture is useful for a wide variety of conditions, including addictions, stroke, rehabilitation, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, low back pain, osteoarthritis, asthma, immune disorders, among many others.
Acupuncture stimulates all the systems in the body, the nervous, reproductive, endocrine, digestive, and so on. It stimulates chemicals to be released from the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. The chemicals can either change the experience of pain, release hormones which influence the bodyís internal regulating system.
Who is it for?
It is important to note that the way a person thinks, moves, and eats are all factors as to what is internally going on within your natural rhythms. Itís a smart choice for most everyone. It can help maintain our desired level of health.
What to expect with a Treatment?
An acupuncturist will get your whole health history by asking questions, check tongue and pulse, observe, and perform a physical exam.
The sensation of the of the acupuncture needles can vary with every person and treatment. Some sensations may include: tingling, numbness, heavy and achy. Most people feel an overall relaxed feeling. Upon removal of needles, sensations of needles in the body still or tingling and numbness is completely normal along with increased energy or sleepiness. These are all signs of a positive treatment.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure. One of many advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other medical procedures. Practitioners are certified by the NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) which complies with strict regulations for proper use.
Herbal Medicine can be used to expedite the healing process by strengthening and supporting the body. When formulated correctly according to the personís health history and knowledge of medications taking. Herbs are extremely safe and beneficial when used appropriately when someone trained properly. The art and skill of creating and choosing an herbal formula is dependent upon the individualís disharmony. Itís important to work with a qualified herbalist who has the knowledge and monitors the patientís progress. Herbs can be used in a number of ways: Raw herbs boiled into a tea, pills, powders, or liquid extracts.
It draws from thousands of medicinal herbs that is formulated and tailored to enhance the bodyís function according to a personís overall constitution and presenting condition. Herbs can be recommended in a number of ways: raw herbs that are boiled into a tea to drink, liquid extracts, pills, powders, or granules. Chinese herbs can expedite the healing process, strengthen, and support the body during transformation.
Facial Rejuvenation/Cosmetic Acupuncture
This is a safe, natural, and drug-free approach to reduce signs of aging and enhance oneís natural beauty. It improves the muscle tone of the face and neck while addressing underlying imbalances that may contribute to an early aging response.
Food consumption is accessed by how you digest, absorb, and assimilate nutrients and eliminate waste products is an essential part of your health and vitality. Food-combining and utilizing specific flavors and temperatures of foods to strengthen , rebuild, and harmonize the bodyís functions that may be out of balance according to your specific presentations.
Exercise and Movement Assessment
This may entail incorporating stretching, breathing exercises, strength and longevity exercises that may draw from ideas from therapies as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, or cardiovascular and endurance training.
Massage technique that stimulates the meridians, facilitating the flow of blood and Qi. This is a very beneficial therapy for children or those that may be ďneedle shyĒ.
It involves the burning of an herb (mugwort or artemesia vulgaris) to strengthen blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and maintain longevity. It has been successfully used to turn breech babies to a normal head-down position.
Mild scraping of the skin using a specific tool or Chinese soup spoon. This brings more blood flow to the area and allows the area to repair and heal quicker. It make leave an appearance of broken blood vessels. No pain is involved.
It is the application of glass cups upon the certain areas of the body that creates a heated vacuum suction effect. It opens the pores to release toxins and promote blood flow by activating the lymphatic systems. It may leave an appearance of broken blood vessels in the shape of circles. No discomfort is involved.
This includes various methods.
Essential Oils/Flower Remedies
Affirmations are positive thoughts and statements and thoughts to improve change into your life. This helps to eliminate negativity around you.
Guided Imagery/Visualization is the process of utilizing the mind and senses to communicate with the body. Your thoughts have a direct influence on the way you feel and behave.
Stages of Care
It is important to know that the stages of acupuncture care are unique relative to those of other health-care disciplines. Chinese medicine addresses core physiological and biochemical aspects of the body. The process to correct problems without drugs or surgery can take some time.
The following is a brief summary of the three major phases of acupuncture care.
Phase 1: Relief Care
Relief care is necessary to relieve you of symptoms or pain, but it does not relieve the cause of the symptom/pain. Relief care is not permanent.
Phase 2: Corrective Care
Corrective care is necessary not only to relieve or reduce a personís pain or symptoms, but also to remove the actual cause of the problem. Itís similar as fixing the leak in the roof.
Phase 3: Wellness Care
Wellness care is necessary to keep your body moving toward health. The desire to continue on the path of health will enable your body to prevent problems from occurring and therefore keep your body at its optimal functioning level.