Chinese Medicine  
Introduction

What is Chinese Medicine?

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Conditions Treated

What Will My Treatment Feel Like?

Chinese Herbal Therapy

Are Herbs and Acupuncture Safe?

Introduction    back to top

Designed as a medical system for healing the whole person, acupuncture and Chinese medicine treat a wide range of physical, mental and emotional conditions. Back pain, neck pain, repetitive strain injury, asthma, acid reflux, colitis, premenstrual syndrome, menopausal discomfort, TMJ, anxiety and insomnia are just a few of the conditions commonly treated. Following is a brief introduction to this natural healing system.

What is Chinese Medicine?    back to top

Chinese medicine is a holistic healing system used to treat specific conditions, improve immune function, prevent disease and promote vibrant health. It is comprised of a unique system of diagnosis, acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary modification and breathing exercises.

Chinese medicine originated in China more than 3,000 years ago. Reflecting its cultural origins, it continues to recognize the interconnections between body, mind and spirit.

Practiced throughout Asia for several millennia, Chinese medicine has spread worldwide, and is at the forefront of complementary medical care in the U.S.

How Does Acupuncture Work?   back to top back to top

The Chinese View

The ancient Chinese discovered that energy flows from the organs to the rest of the body along regular pathways. They called this energy qi -- or vital force -- and observed that when qi flows freely there is health and vitality, and when qi stagnates there is pain and disease.

Acupuncture points are specific areas on these pathways where the energy flow is most accessible. Stimulation of acupuncture points influences the flow of qi, relieving pain and restoring physiological balance.

The Western View

Scientific research has shown that acupuncture improves immune function and stimulates the nervous system. This prompts the release of chemicals and hormones that enhance the body's natural regulating and pain-control systems, thus promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Conditions Treated   back to top back to top

Pain
Respiratory
Eye, Ear & Throat
Emotions
Digestive
Womens' Health
Reproductive & Genitourinary
Skin
Miscellaneous

Pain

  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome
  • Athletic injuries
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Migraine
  • Headache
  • Ankle sprain
  • Focal dystonia
  • Shoulder impingement syndrome
  • Muscle pain, sprains & weakness
  • Snapping hip syndrome (tight iliotibial band)
  • Temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy) & trigeminal neuralgia
Respiratory                        back to Conditions Treated
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds, flu & cough
Eye, Ear & Throat
  • Laryngitits
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Vision problems
  • Tinnitus
Emotions
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
Digestive                              back to Conditions Treated
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Nausea, indigestion, bloating & ulcers
  • Liver & gallbladder disorders
  • Constipation & hemorrhoids
  • Diarrhea & colitis
Womens' Health
  • Amenorrhea
  • Menopausal discomfort
  • Menstrual pain & irregularity
  • Premenstrual syndrome
Reproductive & Genitourinary
  • Urinary tract & bladder infections
  • Infertility & impotence
Skin
  • Eczema, hives, rashes & acne
  • Herpes & shingles
Miscellaneous                     back to Conditions Treated
  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Immune enhancement
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Addiction control
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Weight loss

What Will My Treatment Feel Like?   back to top back to top

Acupuncture is generally painless, as the needles are very fine and flexible. Treatments last 20 to 40 minutes during which time the client lies in a warm room with soothing music playing. Most clients experience a deep state of relaxation and enhanced sense of well-being.

Chinese Herbal Therapy   back to top back to top

Traditional herbal formulas are often an important adjunct to acupuncture treatment. Herbal formulas can help enhance immune function. They can also treat pain, respiratory and throat problems, digestive, gynecological and genitourinary disorders, emotional imbalances, skin problems and many other conditions.

The origins of Chinese herbal medicine date back at least 2,000 years. Over two millennia Chinese physicians have systematically observed and classified more than 5,000 plant, animal and mineral substances according to their medicinal effect.

Herbal formulas are traditional combinations of herbs designed to treat specific conditions. Acupuncturists modify these formulas to meet the unique needs of the individual client.

Are Herbs and Acupuncture Safe?   back to top back to top

Herbal formulas are gentle yet potent. Unlike pharmaceutical drugs, side effects from properly used Chinese medicinal herbs are very rare.

In our clinic most formulas contain only plant and mineral substances. No endangered species are used.

Acupuncture is a very safe form of medical treatment. Only sterile disposable needles are used in our clinic.

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