The Acupuncture & Wellness Center has successfully treated a wide range of ailments including: neck, back and knee pain, arthritis, shingles, TMJ, chronic fatigue, migraines and headaches, neuropathy, depression, fatigue, fibromyalgia, lupus, addictions, digestive disorders, allergies, infertility, menopause, impotence, strokes, weight loss, bladder conditions, bell’s palsy, and skin conditions.
How Does It Work?
One of the reasons for the high success rate of acupuncture and Chinese medicine is due to the fact that it treats the root of the problem. Unlike many approaches which only mask the pain or symptoms of the illness, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats the cause of the condition. Patients also enjoy the many positive side benefits of Chinese Medicine. For example, someone being treated for sinus problems may also find they have more energy and improved sleep. This is because acupuncture allows the body to restore a balanced state.
Surprised by the tremendous results, patients often ask, how does it work? Patients aren’t the only ones asking. Researchers at leading medical institutions such as Harvard University and the National Institute of Health have conducted studies to determine the reasons behind the results. While most studies agree upon the healing benefits, there’s not a conclusive agreement on “how” it works. One western theory is that the insertion of needles causes the central nervous system to release endorphins, a natural chemical which fights pain and promotes healing.
There are 12 pathways of energy, known as meridians, which run along the human body. Each meridian has a number of pressure points which support different areas of the body. After thousands of years, practitioners of Chinese medicine have discovered the various pressure points, and their healing benefits when stimulated.
There are thousands of pressure points on the body. Many patients are surprised to learn that there are over two hundred pressure points in the ears alone. In fact, some acupuncturists treat patients primarily with points in the ears.
The use of needles to treat aliments is only a part of Chinese Medicine. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine also use procedures such as moxabustion, cupping, and electrical stimulation to promote quicker healing.
Moxabustion / Maxabustion
A procedure called moxabustion (or maxabustion) is often used in conjunction with needle treatments. During moxabustion an herbal stick is used to heat the needles. This provides additional stimulation to the pressure points allowing the patient to heal more quickly. Most patients find this procedure very soothing.
Suction cups are often used for a procedure called, cupping, to promote better circulation to a particular area. When these round cups are placed on the skin, it will help bring new blood flow to the area in addition to freeing the meridian of any blocked energy. Sometimes patients will experience slight redness or bruising from this procedure. This is normal and will clear up within 3 to 5 days. Primarily used for pain conditions, patients usually see significant improvement with this procedure.
Electrical stimulation units are often hooked up to needles of key pressure points for additional stimulation. The electrical stimulation units are much like the ones used by physical therapists. Exciting the pressure points promotes healing and encourages the production of endorphins, a natural chemical which fights pain and promotes better health.