ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE

Acupuncture

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Acupuncture and Oriental medicine has been in existence for thousands of years and has been practiced around the world to treat millions of people for a great variety of health issues. Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of healthcare treating hundreds of symptoms and conditions with positive results.

Practitioners of this alternative medical practice view the body holistically, consisting of body mind and spirit. When these elements are out of balance illness and disease develops. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine utilizes time-proven techniques to help restore balance to the body by stimulating the flow of energy.

Acupuncture is unique because it is one of the few therapies that can help the body heal itself by manipulating the flow of energy in the body and mind to produce a therapeutic effect. This life force energy within our body is called "qi" (pronounced "chee").

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of hair-thin needles into the body at specific points to help stimulate the movement of qi. These points are located along the meridians or channels, and are easily accessed. Stimulation of these points has positive bio-electric properties causing beneficial reactions to our body’s physiology.

Everybody experiences acupuncture differently. Most patients report feeling only a minimal sensation as the needles are inserted; some feel nothing at all. Some people may have a sensation of heaviness around the area of each needle or a unique feeling of energy moving around the body once the needles are inserted.

Independent of the condition being treated, a common positive side-effect of acupuncture is a generalized sense of improved energy and a profound sense of well-being.

When most people think about acupuncture, they are familiar with its use for pain control. But acupuncture also has a proven track record for treating and addressing a wide variety of conditions.

Proven areas of beneficial results from acupuncture are:

headache neck or back pain hormonal or endocrine imbalances immune system support
acute injuries arthritis stress/anxiety/depression digestive issues

Acupuncture and modern medicine, when used together, have the potential to support, strengthen and nurture the body towards health and well-being.

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Herbal Medicine

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Chinese herbal medicine is an ancient, highly elaborate system of natural healing that has been used by millions of people for centuries for all kinds of health conditions. Chinese herbal medicine is a wonderful complement to acupuncture treatment, as it works on different substrates in the body and maintains continuity in therapeutic intervention.

Chinese herbal formulas consist of a combination of herbs that work in harmony with each other. They are prepared in such a way to make them safe and easy to digest. These include flowers, roots, barks, peels and fruits, each with its own properties and pharmacological actions.

The herbs contain macro and micronutrients that can have specific therapeutic effects on certain organs of the body, such as the liver or kidneys.

An herbal formula may be prescribed on its own or in conjunction with acupuncture. The purpose of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is to return flow of energy and blood to normal and to reinstate normal organ function. This will encourage restored function in the area and the body will begin to heal itself.

Tui Na /Acupressure Massage

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Massage is a central pillar to many healing systems. Tui na is an ancient form of massage based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) theory. The "tui" in tui na means "push" and "na" means "grasp".

With tui na and acupressure you receive the same benefits as traditional massage. In addition, tui na does not simply work on the muscles, bones, and joints. It works with the energy of the body at a deeper level.

One of tui na's advantages over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. As the practitioner senses the client's body with her hands, she is able to assess the distribution of energy and affect its flow.

From a TCM perspective, pain or disease occurs when there is disharmony in the body. Disharmony occurs when yin/yang energies in the body become imbalanced or when qi (energy) stagnates. Improper diet, lifestyle, overuse, injury or trauma can all lead to disharmony.

Tui na, like acupuncture, focuses on correcting these disharmonies. It utilizes various massage techniques and passive movements to bring about positive changes in the body.

The main tui na methods include the use of hand techniques to massage soft tissue (muscles and tendons) imbalances of the body, acupressure techniques to affect the flow of Qi, and stretching techniques to support the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships.

One of tui na's advantages over simple massage is its ability to focus on specific problems, especially chronic pain associated with the muscles, joints, and skeletal system. However, tui na does not simply work on the muscles, bones, and joints. It works with the energy of the body at a deeper level. As the practitioner senses the client's body with her hands, she is able to assess the distribution of energy and affect its flow.

As with other aspects of Oriental medicine, tui na is designed to prevent problems, not just correct them. By keeping the body's energy in balance, health is maintained. This is true not just for physical health, but for mental and emotional well-being as well.

Nutrition

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"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." - Hippocrates

Diet is one of the most influential factors affecting our health and it is also one that we have the most control over. With proper diet and lifestyle we cannot only recover from diseases quicker, but also avoid illness altogether.

Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. Everyone needs the four basic nutrients: water, carbohydrates, proteins and fats-as well as vitamins, minerals, and micro-nutrients. To be able to choose the proper foods and better understand why those foods should be supported with supplements, you need to have a clear idea of the components of a healthy diet.

According to Chinese medicine nutrition principles every food has an effect on the body. Every food possesses unique properties with specific nutritional value. Some foods are blood builders, others are brain foods, and yet others are muscle foods while the rest may be energy foods. It is in our best interest to have a wide selection and keep rotating our choices for the sake of variety.

To stay healthy, you should eat according to your age and physical needs. A diet that does not provide adequate nutrition to support the physical demands made on it, or is in excess of what the body needs, is harmful and could lead to serious health problems.

We believe that nutritional guidelines need to be specific to you as an individual. There is no 'one size fits all' approach to the best way to eat because each of us has a different constitution and lifestyle.

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