When you come to the acupuncture office for treatment, we will use alternative methods to understand your symptoms such as read your pulse, examine your tongue, and ask questions about a variety of aspects of your life that may be contributing to your complaints. There are four components to diagnosis in Traditional Oriental Medicine(OM): 1. Inspection of the body 2. Listening to the sounds of the body 3. History taking 4. Palpation
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture has rapidly become an accepted treatment in alternative care in America, with over 35 states, including California, regulating acupuncturists as health professionals. Acupuncture was originated over 2500 years ago in China and is now used all over the world. Acupuncture concentrates in the electrical energy in the nervous system, circulatory system, and the organs. With acupuncture the placement of fine hair like needles into specific points of the body can act like readjusting mechanisms to wake the body to a healthier state.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
With Oriental medicine, energy or life force called “Qi”(pronounced Chee) and “Blood” flow through the whole body along 14 channels. When “Qi” and “Blood” are blocked, the flow of energy is impaired, and can result in pain and illness. By placing needles at various points along the channel removes the blockage allowing “Qi” and “Blood” to flow and restore harmony between the body’s opposing forces of “Yin” and “Yang.” Studies have found that acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural protective and pain fighting systems and the immune system is boosted. Oriental Medicine promotes the body’s ability to heal itself.
WHAT KIND OF TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE?
Acupuncture, also referred to as Traditional Oriental Medicine, comprises a full range of services. The acupuncturist provides a complete physical examination consisting of taking vitals, observation of the tongue, and checking the pulse on the wrist, which correspond to different organs in the body. Patient medical history, laboratory data, and the diagnosis from the primary physician are always important. Acupuncture and herbal therapy are key components of traditional Oriental Medicine. The acupuncturist’s primary treatment with needles is the most common technique. Other modalities may be used are meditations such as Qi gong.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED?
You can look forward to results for conditions such as: Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Back Pain, Depression, PMS, Stress, Headaches, Digestive problems, and Asthma. The list is expanding every year as more research data support what the ancients already knew about the wide-ranging capacity of Oriental Medicine with illnesse.
WHAT SIGNS SHOULD I NOTICE OF ME GETTING BETTER?
Patients feel their body is “coming together.” They experience general sensation of well being, more clarity of thought, improved memory, improved sleep, more energy, improved digestion, better bowel movement, and increased performance at work and exercise. The quality of life is enhanced and the life itself is more enjoyable. There is no side effect from acupuncture treatments: one improves in health or there is no change.
WHEN SHOULD I START NOTICING CHANGES?
Each person is different from one another through physical make-up, personality, background, and the combinations of health problems. Each human frame is wonderfully complex and the individual has unique health needs. Generally and often earlier, it takes about six acupuncture treatments to understand what course of treatments the body is in need of and to come to a clearer diagnosis.
HOW LONG SHOULD I BE TREATED?
The goal is to help eradicate the root/cause of the illness. With acupuncture and Chinese herbs often combined, the usual course of treatment is a few months to effect a most balanced state of health as possible. Thereafter,
patients make regular visits every few weeks to maintain optimal health.