Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a facet of Chinese Medicine, a precise science dealing with the processing, storage, distribution, and functioning of vital energy within the human organism.  One current theory of how acupuncture points were discovered can be traced back to Stone Age. It is thought that stone knives and sharp tools were used to relieve pains and disease. Often these were used just for lancing boils and primitive surgery, however, it is thought that patients may have noted sensations or changes on other parts of the body subsequent to treatment with these “needles.” Later these needles were replaced by bone or bamboo.

18283_892635127446324_7320388989876191354_nPeople found certain points tender when constipated and that manipulating them with pressure or pricking them brought relief. Relief of pain was found when heat was applied after fire was discovered. This treatment became more specific at certain areas as results were noticed. Monks would notice energy moving in specific areas when they would perform meditation techniques. Over centuries these energy movements were noted, and the channel system was gradually formed. Whatever the exact origin, acupuncture is not exclusive to China. However, only in the East was it so highly developed. This occurred because of observation by ancient Chinese over hundreds and even thousands of years.

It was noted that: An individual point could affect many different symptoms. Symptoms could be treated that were near to and distal from the actual point itself, including internal organ pathology. It was natural therefore to assume that points with common symptomatology could somehow be related. In other words the therapeutic potential extended over a considerable distance within the body. This was confirmed by the transmission of needle sensation along specific pathways. A therapeutic property could be achieved by a number of different points. From this evidence they inferred the existence of channels and the flow of Qi along them. As the location and therapeutic characteristics of points were gradually discovered, they were named.  There are many pathways throughout the human body.

accupuncture_mannequinTo the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western science, with modern technology scientists can now actually begin to “see” the body’s response to acupuncture. For example, using an MRI, researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain. In the West, acupuncture is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain so the majority of research thus far has been done in this area.

Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.

Acupuncture needles are usually generally made of stainless steel wire. They are not reusable needles which differ in length, with shorter needles applied close to the face, eyes, and longer needles in more fleshy places, thinner needles may be flexible and require tubes for insertion. Besides the typical filiform needle, in addition there are some other needle sorts which is often used, like three-edged needles and the Nine Ancient Needles. Japanese acupuncturists make use of particularly thin needles that are used superficially, occasionally without penetrating the skin. Korean acupuncture uses copper needles and has a greater concentration on the hand.

EASTERN ACUPUNCTURE AND WELLNESS SPECIALIZES IN:

  • Pain Management
  • Sports Injury
  • Orthopedic Injury
  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Depressed Immune System
  • Joint Pain
  • Preventative Wellness
  • Smoking Secession
  • Weight Loss
  • Arthritis
  • Various Psychological Issues

The World Health Organization has published the following list that acupuncture can treat

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Ear, nose and throat disorders:

  • Toothaches
  • Gingivitis
  • Acute or Chronic Otitis
  • Acute Sinusitis
  • Acute Rhinitis
  • Nasal Catarrh
  • Acute Tonsillitis

Respiratory disorders:

  • Bronchial Asthma in Complicated Cases

Gastrointestinal disorders:

  • Esophageal and Cardiospasm
  • Hiccup
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute or Chronic Gastritis
  • Sour Stomach
  • Chronic Duodenal Ulcers
  • Acute or Chronic Colitis
  • Acute Bacillary Dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralytic Ileus

Eye disorders:

  • Acute Conjunctivitis
  • Central Retinitis
  • Nearsightedness in Children
  • Cataracts Without Complications

Neurological disorders:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Facial Paralysis Within the First 3-6 Months
  • Post-Stroke Paralysis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Neurological Bladder Dysfunction
  • Bed Wetting
  • Intercostals Neuralgia
  • Cervical Syndrome
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Low Back Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia

In addition, we have experienced acupuncture to be helpful for the following:

  • Allergies
  • Quit Smoking
  • Weak Immune System
  • Hormone Dysfunction With Women
  • Wish For Pregnancies
  • Insomnia
  • Lose Weight
  • Rebuild The Immune System of Chemotherapy Patients
  • Reduce Stress Symptoms
  • Skin Problems, i.e. Acne

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