Q: What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, a medical art that was developed before microscopes, X-rays, electrocardiographs and biochemical analysis has been practiced for over 3000 years, is widely used by one quarter of the world's population. Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 360 Acupoints on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body. Acupuncture consists of inserting hair-thin needles into acupoints. The needles are typically inserted 1/10 to 4/10 inches deep, but some procedures require the needles to be inserted as deep as 4 inches. The Acupoints are then stimulated either by gentle twirling, by heat, or by stimulation with a weak electrical current. Pressure, ultrasound, and certain wavelengths or light can also stimulate acupuncture points.
Q: How does Acupuncture work?
When the energy network becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in the body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key "Acupoints" on the body may restore harmony to the affected area. Ancient theories held that two opposite forces in the body, called Yin and Yang, could be kept in balance by acupuncture, thereby promoting health and controlling diseases. They believed that Chi flowed through the body along a system of channels, or meridians, on which more than 360 acupuncture points were located. Acupuncture is said to affect the distribution of Yin and Yang in these channels, bringing them into balance so that Chi could flow freely and so bringing both physical and emotional health.
Q: What are the indications for Acupuncture?
World Health Organization (WHO) List of Indications of Acupuncture: Acute sinusitis, Acute rhinitis, Common cold, Acute tonsillitis, Acute bronchitis, Bronchial asthma, Acute conjunctivitis, Central retinitis, Myopia (children), Cataract, Toothache, Pain after tooth extraction, Gingivitis, Acute chronic pharyngitis, Spasm of the esophagus cardia, Hiccoughs, Gastric immotility, Acute chronic gastritis, Gastric hyperacidity, Chronic duodenal ulcer, Paralytic ileus, Acute chronic colitis, Acute bacterial dysentery, Constipation, Diarrhea, Headache, Migraine, Facial neuralgia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Facial paralysis, Paralysis after stroke, Sciatica lumbar pain, Peripheral neuropathy, Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis, Meniere's syndrome, Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Noturnal enuresis, Intercostal neuralgia, Periarthritis-humeroscapularis, Tennis elbow.
Q: Is the acupuncture treatment painful?
Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people compare the sensations as being less painful than a mosquito bite.
Q: Are results somewhat psychological?
This phrase best fit to answer this question. "Matter over mind".
Q: How to prepare for Acupuncture treatment?
At our clinic, you will receive high-quality care and personal attention.
Dr. Bing Zhou, a native Chinese, studied both Western Medicine and Chinese Traditional Medicine in JiangXi Medical College and was trained in Shanghai Traditional Medical College. She was a physician in China, specializing in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Zhou obtained advanced training at the School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Meridian, and Acupuncture Institute of China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Zhou holds both National Certificate, Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) and a Washington State Acupuncture License. She is the Member of American Academy of Pain Management.
Dr. Zhou uses acupuncture to treat a wide range of health problems, and maintains a special interest in the management of pain. She works with both acute and chronic conditions. Her medical interests also include smoking cessation, women's healthcare (including fertility, menopause and menstrual issues), allergies. Her mission is to provide professional courteous service and quality workmanship to patients.
A wide variety of acute and chronic conditions exist for which acupuncture can be effective. According to the World Health Organization following is the list of indications for which acupuncture can be used.
(from basics of Acupuncture . G. Stux & B. Pomeranz 1991):
|-Disorders of the Mouth Cavity
Pain after tooth extraction
Low back pain
Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
Acute and chronic gastritis
Chronic duodenal ulcer
Acute and chronic colitis
Acute bacterial dysentery
Paralysis after apoplectic fit
Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
The first visit begins with the practitioner taking a detailed history. You'll be asked an array of questions pertaining to your body, lifestyle, and specific aliments. After reviewing your history, the practitioner will begin diagnosing your ailment based on the information gathered and a treatment plan will be created. Dr. Zhou will discuss with the patient what types of treatments will be best for their particular situation. Depending on the condition, needles will be inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body. You may be subjected to an examination of the tongue, as well as an examination of the pulse - a major diagnostic technique in traditional Chinese medicine. Your first visit may take 60 minutes depending on the seriousness and the length of your condition. It may take several visits to see significant improvement or cure your condition.
Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy (Qi) network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 360 Acupoints on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key Acupoints on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.
Acupuncture consists of inserting filiform steel needles into acupoints. The steel used is flexible, unbreakable, and the needle set is sterile and disposable. The diameter of the needle varies from 0.2 to 0.6 mm and the length from 1 to 10 cm. The needles are typically inserted 1/10 to 4/10 inches deep. During acupuncture treatment, the patient should be lying comfortably in an appropriate position. It takes 20 to 30 minutes for endorphinergic analgesia to build up and for malfunction of the energy-transmission system to be adjusted.
Special electronic equipment such as TDP lamps are also used in our clinic for enhancing the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment. TDP special electromagnetic health lamp is a new type of therapeutic and health device. With the functions of promoting metabolism, regulating physiological deficiency, diminishing inflammation and easing pain, the TDP lamp has proven extraordinarily effective in treating numerous ailments such as muscular sore and pain, soft tissue injuries, arthritis and various skin conditions.
Needles are inserted on certain acupuncture points along the body and then attached to a device that generates continuous low volt electric impulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously.
According to the principle of Chinese Medicine, illness is caused when Qi (energy) does not flow properly throughout the body. Dr. Zhou determines whether the Qi is weak, stagnant, or otherwise out of balance. This indicates which points should be used. Electroacupuncture is especially useful for conditions in which the Qi is stagnant and accumulated, such as chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the Qi is difficult to stimulate.
Cupping is a method commonly used after an Acupuncture session or sometimes used instead of the Acupuncture. It treats disease by causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in glass jars, usually by means of heat, which are then applied to the skin, drawing up the underlying tissue/ muscle and forming blood stagnation. This method is very effective for injuries, arthritis, and many other common complaints. Single cups may be applied to smaller areas and several cups to a wider region. The cups may be moved over large flat areas as well, known as "moving cupping". This process feels like a massage, though generally more effective.
- Auricular Acupuncture Therapy
According to Chinese medical theory, there are over 120 acupoints on each ear relating to specific parts of the body. The traditional therapy of auricular, or ear, acupuncture has been adapted by modern practitioners, who now stimulate ear acupoints using needles, laser treatment, and electrical currents. The ear has traditionally been considered an area of great significance in Traditional Chinese Medicine, since it is thought to be crossed by all the major meridians. Ear acupuncture is used for pain relief, anesthesia, addictions, sports injuries, acute pain including sciatica, headaches, digestive disorders such as indigestion and nausea, and kidney disorders, etc.
A French physician, Dr. Paul Nogier, made a study of auricular acupuncture in the late 1950s, based on his observation of the work of a local healer in the town of Lyons. Dr. Nogier developed a theory that the ear corresponded to an inverted fetus, and identified 30 basic points that appeared to have a reflex response in an associated area of the body. He later carried out research in China, where acupunctures adopted his theories, and he developed a method of pulse diagnosis. Dr. Nogier is now regarded as the father of modern acupuncture.
- Eye Acupuncture Therapy
Eye acupuncture therapy, invented by a famous elder Chinese Medicine professor Jingshan Peng, diagnoses and treats some diseases by dividing eye and eyepit into twelve sections, matching the body, in accordance with Tuo Hua's(An outstanding doctor in ancient time of China) method of identifying the illness by inspection of your eyes. This method especially shows a remarkable effectiveness on some obstinate disease.
-Scalp Acupuncture Therapy
Scalp acupuncture is also known as head acupuncture, and has developed on the foundation of Chinese traditional acupuncture, modern anatomy, neurophysiology and bioholography theory. Scalp Acupuncture is one of a number of specialized micro-system acupuncture techniques. The more general acupuncture therapy is often called body acupuncture. In scalp acupuncture, very short, fine needles are placed on the scalp to achieve the desired therapeutic effects on different parts of the body. This technique has yielded outstanding results for thousands of patients, and has become recognized worldwide as one of the most effective methods for the treatment of a wide variety of difficult-to-manage medical conditions. It is not only especially effective for cerebral diseases, but also for disorders relating to internal medicine, external medicine, gynecology, pediatrics and ENT. Specific examples include: acute and chronic pain syndromes, stroke, spinal cord injuries, motor and sensory dysfunctions, neuropathies, Bell's Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia ,sciatica, aphasia, cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety, insomnia , Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and many others.
-Plum Blossom Needle Therapy
The Plum Blossom Needle Therapy is to treat disease by tapping the skin over a certain area with a special needle known as a Plum Blossom Needle or 7-Star needle, a group of seven filiform needles arranged together in the shape of a flower and attached like a hammer head to a long handle. It functions to dredge the meridians and collaterals, regulate Qi and Blood. This therapy is suitable to treat disorders of insomnia, headache. Hypochondriac pain, facial paralysis, Bi-syndrome, dysmenorrheal, hypertension, neurodermatitis, alopecia areata, chronic eczema, etc.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, commonly known as "moxa" a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used 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, and maintain general health.
Dr. Zhou lights one end of a moxa stick and holds it close to the acupoint for several seconds. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long.
Although moxa has been used safely in Chinese medicine for centuries, it is not for everyone. Burning moxa also produces a great deal of smoke and a pungent odor.
Bleeding techniques are one of the oldest known therapies in Traditional Chinese Medicine. A small lancet is used to prick a superficial vein on particular acupoints, letting a small quantity of blood out. The method can adjust Qi and blood circulation of the corresponding channel and promote healing. It has been used to treat more than 100 different diseases in internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and gynecology. Bloodletting therapy has been used for its pain-relieving and heat-reducing effects when treating adjuvant arthritis.
Our clinic has hundreds of compound Chinese herbs in inventory. Please consult our specialist for your medical needs.
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