Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Many benefits of acupuncture include:
Stress and tension release
Increased energy levels
Relief from bad habits and addictions
A greater sense of overall health and being.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
During and acupuncture session, needles are inserted into points in the body along what is known as meridian lines. Based on ancient Chinese medicine, these lines represent the body organs and functions. Dry needling treatment was developed in the 1980’s more associated with modern Western medicine where needles are inserted into trigger points or band of muscle tissue that are taught and tender. When the needles are inserted into the trigger points they cause a response to release the trigger point which allows normal function of the muscle and tissues.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are also commonly used to limit inflammation and to control pain. Traumeel® is an injectable used in our clinic to treat the symptoms associated with acute musculoskeletal injuries, including pain and swelling. Traumeel is a fixed combination of biological and mineral extracts, which aims to apply stimuli to multiple targets to restore normal functioning and decrease pain.
In addition to Traumeel®, vitamin B12 injections may also be provided. Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in brain function and red blood cell production.
Ensuring that you have enough vitamin B12 is important for brain function and mental, bone and eye health.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.