Acupuncture and Adjunctive Medical Techniques.
Acupuncture: is one of the oldest medical systems originating over 2500 years ago. It’s a
technique that uses the insertion of sterile needles to stimulate specific points on the body,
which allows the body to heal itself. In traditional Chinese medicine, TCM, it is believed that
energy moves in specific pathways or meridians along the body. This movement can be disrupted
when the body is out of balance. Western research has shown acupuncture can increase
endorphins, promote the release of biochemicals and affect the flow of blood. It is thought that
acupuncture acts on the fascia, or the tissue that surrounds muscles, therefore by using an acupuncture
needle to stimulate one part of the body, you can affect a different part of the body. Acupuncture
can be used to stimulate trigger points or motor points on muscles. It works to rid pain; promote
proper movement and functioning of muscles; reduce muscular adhesions, and to promote the
restoration the musculoskeletal system.
There are many uses and benefits of acupuncture. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat
pain, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain, allergies, sinusitis, headaches, acid reflux, chrohn’s disease,
IBS, constipation, menstrual cramps, fertility issues, hot flashes, night sweats, chronic fatigue,
and stress among other ailments.
Acupuncture treatments are individually chosen based upon the patient’s main complaint
in combination with how the patient presents symptomatically. In a Japanese style of
acupuncture, the root imbalances are treated prior to addressing the primary ailment. In restoring
the body’s imbalances, it allows the body to have a better response to the treatment. In
combination with other adjunctive techniques, acupuncture allows the body to return to a
balanced state, thus helping restore health and promote wellbeing.
Herbal Medicine: is an internal form of medicine that uses specific combinations of flowers,
berries, plants, roots, rhizomes, twigs, leaves and minerals to resolve ailments. In Chinese
medical theory, acupuncture is better at moving while herbs are better at building deficiency and
ridding excess. Herbal medicine is used in combination with acupuncture to speed up recovery
and continue treatment between visits. Herbal medicine is beneficial for most conditions
including menstrual problems, fertility, digestive disorders, menopausal symptoms, allergies,
chronic headaches and aches and pains amongst other things.
Nutrition: is the first step towards health and wellness. In TCM, food is the first medicinal
substance. Proper nutrition and food can help to resolve digestive and joint problems, improve
brain function and energy, and balance emotions. In correlation with acupuncture, specific foods
and supplements are used to help correct imbalances in the body.
Moxibustion: is a technique that uses ground-up, dried, artemisia leaf (or mugwart) to further
stimulate acupuncture points. This is a warming technique; the species of artemisia that is used
has special medicinal properties that are activated when burned. The moxa can be burned directly
on the skin to stimulate acupuncture points or it can be used off the skin in the form of a stick or
moxa balls that are placed on needles and burned. Moxa helps to increase the flow of blood and
body fluids. Moxa is beneficial for a wide variety of conditions.
Essential Oils: are volatile aromatic compounds derived from flowers, plants, roots and twigs.
Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically and internally to help with a variety of
conditions including; promoting relaxation, boosting immunity, and reducing muscular tension.
In treatment, specific essential oils are used to further stimulate acupuncture points to aid with
the individuals ailment.
Cupping: is a technique that uses small glass cups to create suction on the skin. The suction
formed by cups pulls old, stagnant, blood and cellular byproducts that are not being properly
processed to the surface of the skin allowing fresh blood and nutrients to move through the
tissues. Cupping was first used to halt the onset of a cold and mucus trapped in the lungs. Now it
is frequently used for tight muscles, neck and back pain. Many olympic athletes use cupping to
help speed up recover after an intense work out. It can leave red-purple bruises, similar to a
hickie, that last a few days.
Gua Sha: is similar to cup, it pulls toxins trapped in the muscles to the surface of the
skin. Gua means scraping and Sha refers to the purple mark that results from the scraping. In this
technique, a smooth object such as a stone or a spoon are repeatedly stroked over lubricate skin.
This helps break up adhesions and scar tissue in the muscles and tendons. Gua Sha is great for
tendonitis, stiff muscles, neck and pack pain and colds. In Western medicine, Physical Therapists
and Chiropractors use this technique, however it is referred to as the Graston technique.
Electro-Acupuncture: is a technique that uses a low dose controlled electrical current to stimulate
acupuncture needles and muscular trigger points. This technique is great for anyone recovering
from surgery or a stroke; it is primarily used for pain and conditions including sciatica,
neuropathy, and injuries