CHINESE MEDICINE MODALITIES
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We offer a number of services in Acupuncture and alternative health care. We will customize your treatment and focus on your needs.
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Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine, which has more than 5000 years of history. It incorporates the insertion and manipulation of needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes, to encourage the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning.
In the body there are channels of energy that run all over its surface, these are the meridians. They resemble rivers flowing through the body irrigating and nourishing the tissues and organs allowing a smooth flow of Qi and blood through out the body. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers creates a dam. The obstruction backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. Any obstruction and blockages or deficiencies of energy, blood and Qi eventually lead to a disease.
Needling the acupuncture points can influence the meridians, unblocking the obstructions and re-establishing the regular flow of energy through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can help the body’s internal organs to correct the imbalance of digestion, absorption and energy producing activities and promote circulation of energy through the meridians.
Acupuncture’s strongest feature is it’s ability to treat chronic conditions for which conventional medicine has no treatment and no relief other than harsh chemicals with potentially unpleasant side effects. The foremost advantage of acupuncture is that it has no side effects. Acupuncture works quite differently than Allopathic or Homeopathic medicines and is more gentle and deep acting. It is not as painful as people imagine, patients usually feel a tingly, or heavy, distended sensation.
This technique stimulates the site by increasing blood circulation and assisting with muscle relaxation. Cupping is used for many conditions, such as muscle ache, sprain/strain, soft-tissue injuries, viral infection, or lung congestion. The suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of numerous medical ailments.
There are various types of cupping therapy, including:
Dry cupping (suction only)
Wet cupping (combination of suction and controlled medicinal bleeding)
During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient’s skin.
As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.
A more modern version of cupping uses a rubber pump to create the vacuum inside the cup. Sometimes practitioners use medical-grade silicone cups. These are pliable enough to be moved from place to place on the skin and produce a massage like effect.
Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (often referred to as “gliding cupping). The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup.
Cupping is one of the best deep-tissue therapies available. It is thought to affect tissues up to four inches deep from the external skin. Toxins can be released, blockages can be cleared, and veins and arteries can be refreshed within these four inches of affected materials. Even hands, wrists, legs, and ankles can be ‘cupped,’ thus applying the healing to specific organs that correlate with these points.
Electroacupuncture is an increasingly popular form of treatment, and is used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine for a wide array of conditions.
What conditions can electroacupuncture treat?
According to the foundations of traditional Chinese medicine, illness is caused when qi does not flow properly throughout the body. Acupuncturists determine whether qi is weak, stagnant or otherwise out of balance, which indicates the points to be stimulated. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of qi, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the qi is difficult to stimulate.
In the United States, electroacupuncture has been effectively used as a form of anesthesia; as a pain reliever for muscle spasms; and a treatment for neurological disorders. Other studies have examined the role of electroacupuncture in treating skin conditions such as acne, renal colic, and acute nausea caused by cancer medications. There is also some evidence that electrical stimulation of acupuncture points activates the endorphin system, which could lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease.
Does electroacupuncture hurt?
Patients may experience a tingling sensation while being treated with electroacupuncture, most likely due to the electric current. In most cases, however; the tingling sensation will not be felt. Some minor bruising or bleeding may occur, which is the result of a needle hitting small blood vessels.
Are there any risks involved?
Electroacupuncture is contraindicated in patients with history of seizures, epilepsy, heart disease or strokes, and patients with pacemakers. It is never performed on a patient’s head or throat, or directly over the heart. The current should not travel across the midline of the body, an imaginary line running from the bridge of the nose to the belly button.
Facial Rejuvenation / Cosmetic Acupuncture
How does it work?
The Chinese discovered ways to change the energy flow within the body to spark the healing process for rejuvenation of the face. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is often referred to as an Acupuncture facelift, but it is far more than a cosmetic procedure. It is a revitalization and rejuvenation process that helps the whole body look and feel younger.
What are the effects?
The treatment series may erase as many as five to fifteen years from the face, with results noticeable after just a few treatments. Acupuncture improves local circulation of blood and lymph to the body and face by bringing nutrients to the skin, moisturizing and aiding in the removal of metabolic toxins. It has been shown to increase collagen production and aids in its dispersal, helping to firm the skin and fill in the wrinkles. Fine lines may be entirely eliminated and deeper wrinkles diminished. It helps dermal contraction in the face and neck while also improving muscle tone, helping to firm jowls and minimize double chins. Bags and sagging skin around the eyes, face and neck can be significantly reduced and toned up over the rejuvenation treatment series, by improving fluid metabolism. Restoration of health facial color and tighten of the pores are additional benefits of the facial acupuncture and a full body treatment to treat one’s underlying health issues. Other likely results include: brightening of the eyes; improving hormonal balance to help with acne; reduction of stress evident in the face.
Acupuncture is a natural alternative to Botox and cosmetic surgery, and can also be administered as post-operative care for patients who have already had cosmetic work done to the face. There is no risk of disfigurement with acupuncture treatments and no chemicals for the body to deal with.
Who would benefit from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?
Anyone who is concerned with looking and feeling younger, and slowing down the aging process. The treatments are individually designed with specific points used according to how the individual is aging.
Improves metabolism, retards hair loss and hair graying, improves facial color, helps reduce drooping eye lids, aids in eliminating edema and puffiness anywhere in the body, decreases PMS symptoms, peri-menopause and menopause and other GYN issues, improves hyper and hypothyroidism, helps decongest sinuses, reduces jaw pain and toothache, relieves most headaches, normalizes bowel function, benefits eyes, ears, and brain, Reduces stress and promotes a sense of well-being, promotes restful sleep, relieves depression and improve one’s self-esteem.
What is the course of treatment?
Generally it consists of 12- 15 treatments given once or twice a week over a 6-8 week time period. The number of treatments required is totally dependent on the individual’s skin, age, health, diet, condition and lifestyle prior to the treatment. The effects become most noticeable and lasting around the seventh to ninth treatment, thought many people notice improvements much sooner, each person will respond differently.
Following the initial treatment series, maintenance sessions can prolong the results for five or more years. It is recommended to supplement the program with facial self massage, facial Acutonics® treatments, herbal and nutritional supplements and a healthy diet.
Does it really make a difference?
A 1996 report in the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture; reported that among 300 cases treated with Facial Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects included: the skin becoming more delicate and fair, improvement of the elasticity of facial muscles and leveling of wrinkles, a rosier complexion, and overall rejuvenation-not confined to the face.
Why choose Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture over a surgical face-lift?
Facial Acupuncture cost much less than cosmetic surgery and is safe, virtually painless, and free of side effects of risk of disfigurement. There is no trauma from the treatment, unlike surgery that may require an extended recovery period with swelling and discoloration. This is not a replacement for surgery because we cannot reshape the chin or nose, but more subtle the rejuvenation series takes years off one’s face naturally and safely with also improving your overall health.
Certification and training:
Jane & John have been trained and certified in the Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture system by Virginia Doran and Mary Elizabeth Wakefield.
Moxibustion is a technique that involves burning a plant called mugwort on acupuncture points.
Mugwort is a warm herb by nature and applying it to specific acupuncture points can help promote circulation and warm or nourish the point, thereby increasing its qi. Acupuncture and moxibustion are considered complimentary forms of treatment and are commonly used together. Moxibustion is used for conditions such as fatigue, cold limbs, frequent illness, and certain types of pain.
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi. In Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the Bladder meridian.
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect. In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. This type of moxibustion is further categorized into two types: scarring and non-scarring. With scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on a point, ignited, and allowed to remain onto the point until it burns out completely. This may lead to localized scarring, blisters and scarring after healing. With non-scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on the point and lit, but is extinguished or removed before it burns the skin. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long.
Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Another form of indirect moxibustion uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle(s) removed.