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Acupuncture is an Eastern medicine treatment that has been practiced for at least 3,000 years. This approach involves the insertion of tiny needles in specific positions across the body.
Many people are concerned that acupuncture needles will hurt. This concern is very understandable since most patients have previously only been exposed to hypodermic needles (shots) that definitely do hurt. As opposed to those larger, standard needles, in acupuncture we use needles that are exceptionally thin and fine.
Some patients feel a sensation for a few seconds when the needle is placed, but we guarantee that every patient will be comfortable during the treatment. In fact, it is not uncommon for a patient to fall asleep on the treatment table!
Acupuncture uses a number of the body’s different healing mechanisms to treat a wide variety of pain conditions and internal diseases. When a needle is inserted, it stimulates the release of powerful pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory substances from the brain. It also changes the way the brain responds to pain and can modify internal organ function to treat many complex diseases.
Acupuncture also induces local effects, including relaxation of contracted muscles and an increase in blood circulation.The Eastern medicine approach to a medical problem is very different from that of Western medicine. Eastern medicine takes into account the wonderful complexity and uniqueness of each individual.
Instead of being a system of medicine that merely treats the symptoms, as is common in Western medicine, acupuncture is a patient-centered system where you are seen and treated as an individual—a whole person.Though acupuncture is the most common method we use in our office, some people, including children, prefer needleless treatments. This type of treatment may include acupressure with a tool that does not penetrate the skin.
Chinese herbal medicine is an important component of Eastern medicine and is used to treat a whole host of diseases and conditions such as the common cold and flu, issues with the digestive, gynecological, musculoskeletal, or immune system, and respiratory disorders.
Herbal medicine may be used in conjunction with acupuncture for a synergistic effect, or herbal formulas may be administered as the sole method of treatment. Chinese herbs have a proven track record of safety and medicinal usefulness backed by thousands of years of use as well as extensive modern research.
Herbal remedies may contain ingredients from animal, plant, or mineral sources, though plant sources such as leaves, flowers, roots, and bark of plants are most commonly used.
Most modern pharmaceuticals were originally developed from an herbal source, but to be mass-produced, they are now manufactured as a synthetic form in a laboratory. Herbal remedies, on the other hand, are made from complex organic compounds found in nature. Taking a complex natural herb greatly reduces side effects and risks.
In the Chinese tradition, herbs are combined together into a formula. This formula approach allows the practitioner to administer a smaller amount of each individual herb, thereby reducing or eliminating side effects. Also, by combining different herbs into a formula, the herbalist can custom design the formula for each individual patient.
When considering the administration of a Chinese herbal formula, it is very important that the herbalist is aware of all medications, Western and otherwise, that a patient is taking. Though there are very few reports of interactions between Chinese herbs and other medications, it is important that the potential for interactions be scrutinized carefully.
Herbal formulas are dispensed in granular or pill/capsule form. The pill/capsule form is familiar to everyone. The granule form can be custom designed for individual patient needs. The granules look like instant coffee, and a scoop is dissolved in warm water so that the solution can be swallowed.
It is important that Chinese herbs are purchased from a trusted source. Herbal manufacturers are closely scrutinized and only those that guarantee their products are from factories that meet or exceed international Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and who provide rigorous testing to safeguard against contamination and to assure quality are selected. Please ask if you have additional questions.