Acupuncture is an ancient form of medical modality that is gaining more popularity in this country for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. During a treatment, very thin and solid needles are inserted at specific points on the body. The stimulation of these points affects both the central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of the body's internal chemicals, such as endorphins and enkephalins, which have pain relieving properties.
Herbal medicine is the use of plants, flowers, and minerals for diverse qualities and properties to target different aspects of an ailment. Herbs are classified as hot or cold, bitter and sweet, and more. Herbs come in many forms-mostly popularly pills and teas. When used correctly, under the guidance of your Eastern Medicine practitioner, they are generally safe and rarely have side effects.
Cupping therapy is the method of using glass or plastic cups to create a vacuum inside the cups with air or heat. When placed on the skin, a suction is made in the area where circulation is poor. The constant suction of the cups for a few minutes helps with blood circulation and the release of toxins in the body. Cupping also triggers the lymphatic system, which stretches and activates the skin.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
Auricular acupuncture is most often used for addiction, smoking cessation, and weight loss. It involves the stimulation of "pressure points" located on the ear with tiny seeds or needles. When stimulated, these points access the central nervous system through the cranial nerves on the auricle of the ear, which sends a direct message to the brain that result in a healing response.
Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of Traditional Medicine, in both the clinical setting and in homes. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in strokes, by a round-edged instrument. This results in the appearance of small red petechiae called 'sha', that fade in 2 to 3 days. Raising "Sha" removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic healing. Gua Sha is valuable in the treatment of many acute and chronic disorders.
Electroacupuncture is similar to traditional acupuncture, in how needles are inserted in specific points along the body. However, the needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips which generate various frequencies and intensities to the needles. Electroacupuncture uses two or more needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Electroacupuncture can help injured body parts heal faster.
Scalp acupuncture is a new therapeutic method which can treat brain or visceral diseases by using needle manipulation on the scalp at points corresponding to functional areas of the cerebral cortex.
Geriatric Acupuncture Therapy
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Whether you identify with the term geriatric or not, acupuncture, herbs, and nutritional counseling can help with the health maintenance of active aging.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), active aging is the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. The word "active" refers to continuing participation in social, economic, cultural, spiritual and civil affairs, not just the ability to be physically active or to participate in the labor force. Active aging aims to extend healthy life expectancy and quality of life for all people as they age.
Battlefield Acupuncture is an auricular (ear) therapy protocol that was invented by Air Force Physician, Dr. Richard Niemtzom MD. He coined the name “battlefield acupuncture” because it could be used on the battlefield if were not advisable to use western pain medication. Dr. Niemtzom used this protocol to help heal veterans with concussions and other health issues.
This protocol uses small acupuncture needles called ASP needles. The ASP® needle (Semi-Permanent Needle, “A” is for Aiguille, meaning needle in French) comes in three kinds of metals; 90% of the time, the gold ones are used for the Battlefield Acupuncture protocol.
Battlefield Acupuncture is a fast and effective protocol to treat pain, insomnia, stress, ptsd, headache, and more.
Laser acupuncture, also termed low level laser therapy (LLLT) is defined as the stimulation of traditional acupuncture points with low-intensity, non-thermal laser irradiation. It is a non-invasive, safe, and pain-free alternative to traditional acupuncture, with minimal adverse effects.
Studies show that low-level lasers can help regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and stimulate hair growth, to name a few examples.