WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE ALL ABOUT.......

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ACUPUNCTURE AND CLASSICAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Th​e Theory  of Acupuncture and Classical Chinese Medicine is based on understanding flow of energy in the body, how we receive energy and where and how blockage happens.

 Blockages cause pain and dysfunction in both body and mind.  Acupuncture is  one method of treatment in this system of medicine.   It  uses fine needles inserted at various key points in the body.  These points relate to specific organs and functions.  They can be used to release blocked energy, encourage the proper functioning of  digestion, immune system, endocrine system, etc. 

The blockages can occur due to injury, stress, overwork, diet, strong emotions and a host of other circumstances. 

The combination of points used is based on your individual needs and the combination of points works in synergy and not in isolation.

The method of insertion is based on the location on the body.  The training of an acupuncturist is extensive and includes knowing all the relevant cautions in each area of the body.

Diagnosis is done using information gained in conversation with you, looking at your tongue, which is like a little map of your body, taking your pulse and palpating different areas of the body, depending on where your concern lies.  

Chronic  shoulder pain in a person who is sedentary,  tends to be overworked, angry and stressed has a different root than the same  pain in an athlete who has a injury to  the shoulder muscles from overuse.  The root is different, the result , pain is the same.

The treatment will be based on your unique circumstances. 

In consultation I am trying to clearly see the root of the problem and the differences in  its  manifestation, to create the most effective treatment for you. 

Other modalities that can also be included in a treatment are:

  •  Moxabustion
  • Cupping
  •  Gua sha,
  •  Acupressure, 
  • Tui na


When you are treated with Chinese Medicine and acupuncture it differs from other kinds of treatment in a few ways.  Healing is a process that takes time.  When you go to your western medical doctor,  they would generally give you some medication, and you generally wouldn't come back until you get sick again.  In Chinese Medicine, your first appointment is very comprehensive.  We will spend a great deal of time discussing many details of how your body and mind are functioning.  You may feel some of the questions are irrelevant, however to us the smallest details create a clear picture of you.  

The problem you come to us for may take several treatments to fully address.  We generally like to see a patient with long term chronic issues a couple of times a week for the first month and then as you make progress the time between appointments lengthens, until you are just coming in to maintain your health every four to six weeks.  In China a physician's job is to prevent their patients from getting sick.  Seeing you every so often to maintain your health is part of a treatment plan.  Each problem is a little different and you will be advised based on your unique situation. 

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WHY DOES NUTRITION MATTER?

Many chronic health problems respond very well to changes in diet.  Healing cannot happen if diet is contributing to your disease.  There is no one diet that is best for everyone.  The ideal diet is based on your individual innate needs.  These may change based on your time of life, stress or emotions.  Your body type, genetics, ancestry, the environment you live in as well as an inherited predispositions also influence your body’s ability to digest and assimilate food. What is most important is not what you take in but what you assimilate.

 Tierra, M. and Tierra, L. (2017). The east west herb course. Santa Cruz, CA: M. Tierra, 

 


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