Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is an effective way of integrating traditional or Western medicine to create a whole system treatment for many conditions.
What do acupuncturists treat?
Acupuncture* is the insertion of very fine needles on various points on the body’s surface to influence physiological functioning of the body. Acupuncture mobilizes and regulates energy and blood to invigorate the physiological function of the muscles, nerves, glands and organs. Most people report feeling very relaxed and sometimes euphoric during and after treatments. Depending on what is being treated, the number of visits can vary. A complete history and acupuncture physical exam is performed, a diagnosis is determined, and a treatment plan is designed and implemented on the first visit. *All needles used are one time use, FDA approved, & prepackaged and are disposed of according to Cal-OSHA guidelines.
Chinese herbs are an integral aspect of Chinese internal medicine although not every patient requires herbs. Chinese herbs are often take on a daily basis in order to prolong the benefits of acupuncture sessions. The Chinese material medica is over 2,000 years old and consists of over 500 individual herbs and 300 herbal formulas. Most of these herbs are roots, twigs, seeds and fruits of various plants. In modern practice, the acupuncturist identifies the patient’s Chinese medical diagnosis and then chooses the appropriate formula for the condition, with modifications. This allows the acupuncturist to create a customized herbal formula that will address each patient individually.
Cupping is a method of treating pain and stagnation through the body. Using heat, Deborah creates a vacuum in jars, and then applies the cups to the skin. The purpose of cupping is to draw up the underlying tissue and reduce stagnation. Cups are usually made of glass and come in many sizes. Cupping can be used to treat back, shoulder or leg pain, arthritic pain, abdominal pain, indigestion, headaches, the onset of a cold or flu, and other ailments.
Guasha is a technique used to assist in releasing pain and stagnation from the muscles and fascia throughout the body. Guasha can provide immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough and other symptoms. Deborah will identify the area(s) that need to be relieved. After applying massage oil to the body, she uses a round-edged tool to bring blood flow to the area to promote healing.
Moxabustion is a technique that involves the burning of the herb mugwort over specific points on the body, to promote healing. Moxabustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The translation for the word acupuncture literally means Moxabustion. The purpose of Moxabustion is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi and maintain good general health.
Based on the diagnosis, counseling on types of foods to be consumed for quicker results is often indicated. Deborah will do an in depth analysis of diet and lifestyle and make recommendations that are effective and simple to follow!