Acupuncture has a very long history and is the most predominant form of treatment for Asian countries still in the modern days. It is impossible and doesn't make sense to translate word by word its philosophies and treatment strategies that were used to explain the body hundreds and thousands of years ago - because technology, lifestyle and people have all evolved and are still changing constantly. The older explanation was that health evolved around a substance called "Qi"- which is a vital force that circulates throughout the body. If you have solid Qi, you have good health. There are also 12 meridians that run along the whole body with various acupuncture points. Treating a specific point on a specific meridian will help resolve pain, ailments and symptoms of the organ associated with that meridian as well as local muscle tensions.
This explanation can be understood in today's term as the following: Qi is the equivalent of the Immune system. Having a good immune system will enable a particular individual to be healthy. A weak Qi = weak immune means patient is susceptible to disease, ailments, allergies, and etc. The meridians can be looked as major nerves running inside the bodies. An explanation proposed by Western scientists is that acupuncture may trigger the release of natural pain-killing substances within the body called endorphins, thus blunting the perception of pain. It may also alter the body’s output of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine, and of inflammation-causing substances such as prostaglandins.
Who should consider acupuncture?
Acupuncture is best known for helping with pain, but it can also help with many other illnesses. Acupuncture views symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, indigestion, cramping, body aches, etc. as early warning signs of more serious illnesses. If you are experiencing any of these but no medical reason can be found, you should consider acupuncture.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The needles are hair-thin and made from the finest quality of stainless steel. It does not hurt when the needle is inserted. Yet, as a sign of obtaining Qi, some people may have a sensation to some degree of soreness, numbness, distention or heaviness around the needles or along the meridians. This is a sign of a positive affect.
(Note: If you are really afraid of needles, you may choose to have a modality such as acupressure or a treatment that uses an electro-magnetic acupuncture machine.)
What are the side effects?
There are no known side effects. The needles, packaged and shipped direct from the manufacturer, are sterile and disposable. However, people who have very sensitive skin may have tiny red spots at the insertion points.
Does the treatment interfere with my current medication?
No. Actually, many people have found they can decrease or totally eliminate their reliance on their medications as their health condition improves. People have also found that many problems that do not respond to medication treatment respond tremendously well to acupuncture.
What precautions do I need to take in regards to a treatment?
Eat at lase 30 minutes before the treatment. Let the practitioner know if you are pregnant. Do not change your position during the treatment. Maintain proper hydration after the treatment.
What conditions can acupuncture help?
Allergies, arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, Bell’s palsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds and flu, constipation, diarrhea, diabetes, epilepsy in children and adults, fibromyalgia, gastritis, headaches, hypertension, multiple sclerosis headaches, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, menstrual disorders, impotence, sleeping disorders, sprain and sports/auto injuries, sciatica, strokes, smoking and frug withdrawal, toothache, weight loss, carpal tunnel, and joint pain (shoulder, neck, back, etc.)
The world health organization interregional seminar drew p the following provisional list of diseases that lend themselves to acupuncture treatment.. The list is based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on controlled clinical research: furthermore, the inclusion of specific diseases are not meant to indicate the extent of acupuncture’s efficacy in treating them.
Respiratory System Acute bronchitis Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)
Disorders of the Eye Acute conjunctivitis Central retinitis Myopia (in children) Catarct (without complications)
Disorders of the Mouth Toothache, post-extraction pain Gingivitis Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Gastro-intestinal Disorders Spasms of esophagus and cardia Hiccough Gasccoptosis Acute and chronic gastritis Gastric hyperacidity Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief) Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications) Acute and chronic colitis Acute bacillary dysentery Constipation Diarrhea Paralytic ileus
Neurological and Musculo-skeletal disorders Headache and migraine Trigeminal neuralgia Fecial palsy (early stage, I.e., within three to six months) Pareses following a stroke Peripheral neuroparhies Sequelac of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., with six months) Meniere’s disease Neurogenic bladder dysfunction Nocturnal enuresis Intercostal neuralgia Cervicobrachial syndrome “Frozen shoulder,” “tennis elbow” Sciatica Low back pain Osteoarrhritis
How many treatments do I need?
It depends on the duration, severity and nature of your complaint. For an acute condition, a single treatment may resolve it. For a chronic problem, a series of seven to ten treatments scheduled once or twice a week in one course is normally needed. Some degenerative conditions may need two or three course. After three to five treatments for a chronic problem, most people can feel the beneficial results.
Is acupuncture ever covered by insurance?
Yes, we will check your insurance for you!
What Is Acupressure and Meridian bodywork ?
Acupressure and Meridian bodywork also called Tuina, or Chinese Masssage, combines acupuncture therapy and massage therapy. The therapists use gentle but firm pressure of hands to press acupuncture points (potent points) along certain pathways (meridians) to stimulate the body's natural self-curative abilities. When acupuncture points are pressed, they release muscular tension, promote blood circulation, increase energy flow and the body's life force to aid healing. The therapists also apply other techniques such as Swedish and deep-tissue massage and reflexology to further relax the muscles. The combination of all these therapies enables Acupressure and Meridian bodywork more effective for stress reduction and promote more overall healing and wellness.
How Does Acupressure and Meridian Bodywork Work ?
Acupuncture points are placed on the skin along certain electrical channels called meridians. These points are very sensitive to bioelectrical impulses in the body and conduct those impulses readily. The meridians connect the acupuncture points to each other as well as to the internal organs. Just as blood vessels carry the blood that nourishes the body physically, the meridians are distinct channels that circulate electrical energy throughout the body. When an acupuncture point is stimulated, the muscle tension yields to the finger pressure, enabling the fibers to elongate and relax, blood to flow, and toxins to be released and eliminated. Increased circulation brings more oxygen and other nutrients to affected areas. This increases the body's resistance to illness and rebalances the body by dissolving tensions and stresses that keep it from functioning smoothly and that inhibit the immune system. When the blood and bioelectrical energy circulate properly, we have a greater sense of harmony, health, and well-being. and promotes a longer, healthier, more vital life. When the blood and bioelectrical energy circulate properly, we have a greater sense of harmony, health, and well-being.
What Health Benefit Can Acupressure and Meridian Bodywork provide?
Stimulating acupuncture points triggers the release of endorphins, which are the neurochemicals that relieve pain. Besides, relieving pain, Acupressure and Meridian body work can help and promotes a longer, healthier, more vital life. It releases stress and tension. It helps restore emotional balance by releasing the accumulated tension caused by repressed feelings. Worth to mention is that acupressure has long been used by the oriental people as a beauty treatment. It improves skin condition and tone as well as relaxes the facial muscles, which can lessen the appearance of wrinkles without drugs.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology is a natural healing art which centers on the principle that there are reflex areas in the hands, feet and ears that corresponds to all the parts, glands and organs of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, reflexology reduces tension, improves circulation and promotes the natural function of the related areas of the body thus helps to restore our body balance and promote natural health and vitality.
Although reflex can be found in hands, feet and ears, nowadays, people are more associate it with the feet
How Does Reflexology work?
Some authorities think that reflexology works in much the same way as traditional Chinese acupuncture. It is said that a life force, or vital energy, flows along channels and meridians to and from the feet to all the organs of the body, and that any blockage in the flow will eventually lead to disease. Stimulation of reflex points in the foot could break up blockages in the flow along the channel. Other authorities think that manipulation of the feet has a detoxifying effect, it reduces the amount of lactic acid in the tissues while releasing tiny calcium crystals, accumulated in the nerve endings of the feet that hold back the free flow of energy to corresponding organs. Others speculate that pressure on the reflex points may trigger the release of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that naturally block pain. Some practitioners ascribe the therapy's benefits to a relaxation response that opens the blood vessels and improves circulation.
What is the Origins of Reflexology?
Reflexology has been practiced for thousands of years in India, China and Egypt. An ancient Egyptian wall painting of the 6th Dynasty (approx.2400 B.C.) found at Saqqara in the tomb of Ankhmahor, two men working on the feet and hands of two other men. In the 1930's, Eunice Ingham, a nurse and physiotherapist, identifying especially sensitive areas she called "reflex points" and creating a map of the body as represented on the feet. Ingham found that alternating pressure on several points could not only help pain but also could achieve other therapeutic effects as well. In 1938, she published a book describing her theories. Ingham's nephew, Dwight Byers, continued her work, and is now considered the leading authority in Reflexology in the western specialty.
In ancient times people stimulated reflexes naturally by walking barefoot over rocks, stones and rough ground, or by using our hands more often to climb, build or work.
Today's modern world has lost much of nature's way of balancing our healthy equilibrium. But in Taiwan, in one of the cities is called a special path, called Fitness And Healthy Road filled with rocks and stones was built to let people walk bare footed. It is said in the morning and evening, it is very crowded there.
How Are the Treatments done?
The therapists use their hands to apply pressure to specific points of your foot. You remain fully clothed, sitting with your legs raised or lying on a treatment table. The therapists normally will apply lotion to your feet to make manipulation easier. After gently massaging your foot, the therapists will begin applying pressure to the reflex points corresponding to your health problems. If one point you feel more tender or hurt than some other points, that means you have some problems or potential problems to the corresponding parts of your body.
What can reflexology help with?
The foot is a microcosm of the entire body. Pressing on various "reflex points" along the foot to relieve symptoms elsewhere in the body. It alleviates a wide variety of stress-related problems, such as headache (both tension and migraine), chronic fatigue, constipation, diabetes, hypertension sleeping problems, premenstrual syndrome, asthma, digestive disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, and chronic pain, arthritis and sciatica. multiple sclerosis, peripheral neuralgia, etc.
What caution shall you take?
Reflexology is generally considered quite safe. However, if you have a foot injury or clots, thrombosis, phlebitis, ulcers, or any other vascular problems in your lower legs, you should discuss reflexology with your doctor first. Be sure to let the therapists know if you have a pacemaker, gallstones, or kidney stones, since he will need to avoid stimulating certain points in the feet. And also let you therapist know if you're pregnant, for vigorous stimulation of some of the points in the feet may induce uterine contractions.
Distinctive Features of This Center Reflexology
In your first visit, our acupuncturist, Hong Ji, will give you a overall check up to asses your energy (Qi). Afterwards, the therapist will soak your feet with herbs for 10-15 minutes before reflexology starts. The herbs are selected based on your health need. After the treatment is over, Hong Ji will tape your ears with tiny herbs (called year reflexology), you are supposed to press these herbs 2-3 times a day.
What are Chinese herbs? Chinese herbs have a history of more than 3000 years, and are one of the most important parts of the Traditional Chinese Medicine besides acupuncture. In China, there are over 3000 different herbs. However, only about 300 to 500 of these herbs are commonly used. Because these herbs can treat or help with variety of diseases and problems, they are also called herbal medicine. All of them are entirely from nature. Herbs are composed of roots, barks, flowers, seeds, fruits, grass, leaves, branches and etc. They are employed to balance the hyper-activity or hypo-activity of yin or yang, help the body restore its normal physiological functions and cure diseases.
Scientists working in China and Japan during the past four decades have demonstrated that the herbs contain active components that can explain many of their claimed actions. Modern drugs have been developed from the herbs, such as treatments for asthma and hay fever from Chinese Ephedra, hepatitis remedies from Schizandra fruits and Licorice roots, and a number of anticancer agents from trees and shrubs. According to Chinese clinical studies, more and more herbs have been added to the modern drugs over the centuries, which greatly increase the effectiveness of modern drug treatments, reduce their side-effects, and sometimes replace them completely.
What is the action of the Chinese herbs? The action of Chinese herbs can be divided into four directions? lifting, lowering, floating and sinking, which can also be explained as upward, downward, outward or inward. Lifting means ascending while lowering means descending. Floating means going outward or sending to the surface, whereas sinking means going inside or purging away. Lifting and floating herbs have upward and outward actions and are used for elevating yang, relieving exterior syndromes. Lowering and sinking herbs have downward and inward actions and are used for clearing heat, removing dampness, correcting the overflow of yang Qi and sending down an adverse flow of Qi. Vomiting, acid reflex, cough and asthma are examples of the adverse flow of the Qi. Some problems are found in the upper part of the body and some in the lower, some in the interior and some in the exterior. Some problems have the intendancy of upward (vomiting), some downward (diarrhea), some outward (spontaneous or night sweating or hot flash) and some inward (internal transmission of exterior syndrome).
Correspondences of the herbs are used according to these locations and directions. Generaly, for the diseases located in the upper part or the exterior, sinking herbs are used. For problems located in the lower part of the body, lifting herbs are used. For example, lowering and sinking actions of herbs are used to calm the liver to treat migraine or vertigo, which normally are caused by hyperactivity of the liver-yang. Lifting herbs are used for chronic diarrhea or uterus prolaps, which is caused by sinking of Qi in the middle wormer, to rise up yang Qi.
Another action of the Chinese herbs is the Channel or Meridian Tropism. This means that some herbs work better in the lung meridian and some work better in the kidney meridian. (There are 14 main meridians.) For example Gypsum can take care of the pain and swelling gum due to the flaring up of the stomach Yang Qi, therefore Gypsum acts better on the disorder of stomach meridian. Bupleurum relieves hypochondriac pain; therefore Bupleurum has better action on the liver meridian. When herbs are applied, we shall also consider the nature of the herbs. For example: Scutellaria Root, Dried Ginger, Lily Bulb, and Lepidium Seed all have good actions on the lung meridian. But Scutellaria Root clears lung heat. Dried Ginger warms cold lung. Lily Bulb strengthens lung Qi, and Lepidium Seed reduces excess lung Qi.
How are Chinese herbs are prescribed ? Chinese herbs are usually given individually. When we say "Individual " we mean that different people are given different herbs even if they have the same problems. For example, for people with stomached pain or indigestion, which may be caused by improper diet, emotion, stress, gastritis or ulcer, the proper herbs will be applied based on the balance of yin and yang. Another example is headache. It may be found in the front of the head, the back of the head, or the side of the head. There may be a sharp and localized pain, dull pain, heaviness or fullness of the head, or light and emptiness of the head. They may be caused by common cold, acid reflex (improper diet), emotions, and stress, low kidney Qi or hyperactive of the liver Qi, poor health, auto accidents or head injuries. Therefore, different herbs shall be given accordingly. Normally, we could find the root of the problems from the tongue, the pulse, the complexity, the way your talk, and the history of your health.
During the course of the treatment, the outcome is monitored and the herbs might be changed frequently. The determination of whether to continue the current herbs, change to another, or discontinue is made on the basis of actual desired outcomes and the Yin Yang balance of your health.
How Long Shall I take the herbs? You may take the herbs for a period of 1-30 days or longer depending on the duration and severity of your problems. For acute and less serious problems, a one or two day treatment will be good enough. For chronic diseases (those that have persisted for several months or years), the treatment time is often dependent on the dosage used and the ability of the individual to undertake all the necessary steps towards the disease (changing diet, lowering stress, and increasing exercise). When high-dosage herbs are used, most chronic ailments can be held under control (and some are cured) by a treatment of about three months. If the daily dosage is lower, the treatment time may last for 6-12 months. Examples of chronic ailments are autoimmune disorders and degenerative diseases associated with aging. In some cases, herbs are taken daily, for an indefinite period, just as some drugs are taken daily. This is typically the situation when there are genetic disorders or permanent damage that cannot be entirely reversed, problems of aging, and ailments that have been left for too long without effective treatment.
Do they interfere with the medication I am taking? Amazingly, many diseases and problems that do not respond well to modern drugs respond very well to herbs. Herbs do not interfere with the drugs you are taking. They can even reduce the side effects of the drugs you are taking. As your health conditions improve, you can reduce the drugs or discontinue them. What kind of herbs your center carry? We carry a variety of herbs, both American and Chinese. All these herbs are of high qualities. They are either FDA or GIMP approved. They are in the forms of extract powders (or granules), capsules, tablets or pills. They are for:
Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Bell抯 Palsy, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Colds and Flu, Constipation, Diarrhea, Diabetes, Epilepsy, Fibermyalgia, Gastritis, Headaches, Hypertension, Multiple Sclerosis, Menstrual Disorders, Menopausal, Impotent, Sleeping Disorder, Sprain and sports/auto injuries, Sciatica, Strokes, Smoking and Drug withdrawal, Toothache, Weight loss, Pain in the wrist, shoulder, neck, lower back, ankles and etc