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What is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?

 Oriental Medicine is a whole system of medicine that integrates many therapies and is applied by practitioners to treat illness and diseases. Of these therapies, acupuncture and Chinese herbology are the most popular in the United States. Some additional therapies include: diet, nutrition and lifestyle counseling, as well as tai qi and qi gong (physical exercise), and tui'na (manual therapies).
How Does This System Work?
It has been scientifically determined that human beings are unique bio-energetic systems. For thousands of years Oriental medicine has acknowledged that there is a vital life force that flows through all things which is called "qi" (pronounced ‘chee’). In Western culture, it is often referred to as "energy." Energy (qi) flows along pathways in the human body which are related to the organs, the muscular system, and 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, then pain or illness results. Oriental medicine focuses on correcting these imbalances, which stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself. In other words, Oriental medicine focuses on treating the factors that cause disease.

Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for over 2000 years. Acupuncture is proven to remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, and strengthen the immune system. Your practitioner may also use the following adjunct techniques within your session; Moxabustion (heat), Gua Sha (scraping), Cupping (suction), Auricular Therapy (ear acupuncture), electrical or laser stimulation, or even manual manipulation of the points.

Acupuncture is a complex branch of ancient Chinese medicine, but its practical principles and methods are easily understood.Fourteen major energy channels called MERIDIANS course through the human body including arms, legs, feet, torso, head and internal organs.A subtle energy called QI (pronounced CHEE) circulates via the meridians to all parts of the body, even the remotest cells.QI IS THE VITAL FORCE, the presence of which separates the living from the dead. Its balanced, unimpeded flow is critical to sound health.Any misdirection, blockage, or other derangement of the amount, flow or balance of Qi may result in pain, dysfunction and ill health.With acupuncture needles, or other means, the acupuncturist stimulates certain acupoints along the course of the meridians. Such stimulation helps restore the normal balance and flow of Qi so organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony as needed, THIS SETS THE STAGE FOR THE BODY TO REPAIR ITSELF AND MAINTAIN ITS OWN HEALTH.

Pain Management
Acute and chronic pain syndromes, as some of society’s most costly health problems, have an enormous impact on individual, national, and global levels. In the United States, chronic pain is the third most common health-care problem, behind heart disease and cancer, with the combined annual costs of lost work days, doctor visits, hospital stays, pain-reducing drugs, and disability totaling an estimated $100 billion.

Long lasting pain often creates a chronic pain cycle: Pain, lack of exercise, limited physical activity, chronic fatigue, stress, depression, muscle tension, tightness, cramping, sensitive nerves, and again, pain. Patients suffer from this pain cycle. Some patients even feel that their quality of life changes completely due to a chronic pain condition.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), nothing in the human body can function independently. Pain is the body’s warning alarm. It tells you something is wrong. If you ignore your body’s alarm, similarly to the fire alarm in your house, severe problems can form soon.

Human body functions are dependent on the life force energy-Qi. Qi and blood flow through the meridian system, nourishing and protecting body tissues and helping them maintain their functions. If, however, the body is beset with disease or injury, normal pathological symptoms will appear and affect the organs and meridian. Once the meridian is blocked, the Qi and blood are not able to move along smoothly. As a result, the affected area will not be able to get enough nutrition. In response, the patient feels pain, tingling, stiffness, bloating, or numbness. Hence the old TCM saying, “There is a blockage, there is pain. Otherwise, there is no pain.”

The meridian system is just like a network. Each meridian is connected with a specific organ. The organ damage may show up from the meridian, and the local blockage of the meridian can affect the internal organ as well. That is why in TCM, when treating a pain condition, the doctor will not usually only focus on just the local pain, but also (and sometimes more important) work to rebalance and harmonize the whole body.

Meridian blockage can be caused by external reasons such as excessive cold, wind, dampness, dryness, fire (heat) or injury. It also can be caused by emotional change such as anger, sadness, fear, stress, depression, as well as an internal organ deficiency or malfunction. Figuring out what exactly is the cause of the pain and which meridian is blocked is extremely important in treating pain. Generally speaking, relieving blood and Qi stagnancy, balancing the energy, nourishing the tissue, increasing circulation, and building up deficient organs are all ways that TCM treats pain. Acupuncture can be used to correct the flow of Qi; Herbal medicine can be used to reestablish and balance Qi, blood and moisture in organ networks, in order to avert pathological factors.

Clinical studies support that acupuncture is an effective modality in the treatment of almost all kinds of pain conditions, including the following: migraines, neuralgia, neck pain, back pain, herniated disc, TMJ, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, frozen shoulder, shoulder pain, fibromyalgia, dysmenorrhea, osteoporosis, sports and other injuries, surgical pain and even cancer pain. Researchers have discovered beneficial immune and endocrine alterations following acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture may actually help prevent pain by acting on the sympathetic nervous system and by stimulating the body to produce biochemical substances, such as endorphins, to help reduce pain.

Chinese herbs for pain treatment are often used as formulas. According to the patient’s condition, many herbs are put together like a group to enhance the power of the treatment and reduce the side effects. Some herbs have analgesic properties, and many of them are extremely potent. Herbal medicine can be used internally as well as externally. They are typically taken in the form of tea, capsules or concentrated powder. Depending on the situation, some herb preparations are given in China intravenously or subcutaneously.

What does acupuncture treat?



Allergies Back Pain Addictions Poor Circulation
Candidiasis Diabetes Ankle Swelling Colitis
Endometriosis Fibromyalgia Arm and Shoulder Pain Constipation
Flu Heartburn Arthritis Chronic Cough
Hay Fever Hypertension Asthma Attention Deficit Disorder
Infertility Insomnia Detox for chemical dependency Diarrhea
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Male Menopause Depression/ Anxiety Disc Problems
Menstrual Cramps Menstrual Disorders Bed Wetting (Enuresis) Diverticulitis
Obesity/Overweight Pain Management High. Low Blood Pressure Dizziness (Vertigo)
Sexual Dysfunctions Stress Emphysema Bursitis
Substance Addictions Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cold Feet Fibromyalgia
Leg Pain, cramps, Tingling, Numbness Gall Bladder Disorders Liver Problems


Nervousness Gynecological Disorders Neuralgia Pleurisy
Headache Pre Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) Heart Problems Prostate Problems
Hemorrhoids Rheumatism Hiccoughs Sciatica
Hip Pain immune System Deficiency Shoulder Pain Indigestion
Sinus Trouble Infertility Skin Problems Traumatic Injuries
Stomach Problems Sore throat Joint Pain Thyroid Conditions
Kidney Problems Stomach Ulcers Knee Pain Urinary Problems


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