ACUPUNCTURE

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CHINESE MEDICINE is the oldest surviving practiced medicine on the planet, and the worlds oldest medical book is called “The Yellow Emperor’s Guide to Internal Medicine” Although the mythical Yellow Emperor is said to have reigned in 2700 BC, information shows Chinese Medicine to be approximately 2500 years old.

Within Chinese medicine there are many modalities, Herbology, Acupuncture, Tui Na, Qi Gong, Nutrition, Feng Shui, Astrology. All are used in the attempt to cultivate health and harmony. Although Acupuncture has gained great notoriety in the west, it should be noted that the primary form of Chinese Medicine is Herbology.

The strength of Chinese medicine is that it focuses on the person. Its goal is not just to manage a disease or eliminate a disease but to cultivate health. It understands that each manifestation of illness might have many causes. For example, if 100 people with asthma went to a western medical physician, they would all be given a similar form of treatment – a broncho-dialator or medication that focuses on opening the breathing passages. In Chinese medicine there are many causes of asthma and different people presenting with the same symptoms, might be treated completely differently. In the example, we know all 100 people have lung issues, however, one person might have chronic weak lungs because of long term chronic bronchitis, another might have emotional issues that effect the lungs, another might have genetic issues / weak constitution that effects the lungs, another might have allergy issues that effect the lungs, and another might have lung issues due to smoking or inhalation of another form of toxins.. Although the manifestation is similar, each has asthma, the causes are different and each will have different treatment.

Regardless of which modality is used, the process is similar. Assess the person/situation through a detailed interview, palpation, visual evaluation, smell, sound. Most people are familiar with the palpation of the pulse and visually observing the tongue. From this information a diagnosis is assessed.

Whether a person practices Herbs, Acupuncture or Tui-Na, they should all come up with a similar evaluation.

At this point a treatment plan is established. ACUPUNCTURE is the insertion of microthin needles into specific points throughout the body. The insertion of these needles, stimulates flow and movement throughout the body. Chinese Medicine speaks of a movement of Qi (chee) however there is also a movement of blood, body fluid and endorphin release.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE

  • What is Acupuncture?
  • What are meridians?
  • Types and styles of Acupuncture
  • What does Acupuncture treat?
  • Whats does a treatment feel like?
  • Are the needles sterilized?
  • How many treatments do I need?
  • WHAT IS HEALING?
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