Acupuncture is a safe, effective natural medical treatment that originates in ancient China. It is the main technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine which traditionally has included the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine. There are many styles of acupuncture used throughout Asia but all Asian countries share this wonderful technique based on the same intricate medical theory.
Solid needles are shallowly inserted into acupuncture points on the skin. The needles are sterile, only used once, and then go into medical waste. Stimulating these acupuncture points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through the channels of the meridians of the body. Activating and directing the qi stimulates the recuperative powers of the body and enhances the bodies innate ability to return to balance.
Qi is the vital energy that flows throughout the body to nourish and vitalize our inner landscape: our organs, tissues, fascia, glands, and fluids. When our qi is strong and moving correctly, we radiate health and vitality. We feel energetic, our eyes are clear, our minds are clear and calm. Qi is the vital energy force that is in everything living. We can see and feel qi all around us. Think of a healthy beautiful plant versus a sick one. The healthy plant obviously has stronger, more balanced qi than the plant that is sick and struggling.
Chinese Medicine address the symptoms of your illness and the root cause as well. Most people are aware that acupuncture is highly effective for pain relief, but it is also, a complete medical system that successfully treats both acute and chronic illness. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. Acupuncture not only treats illness, but prevents it as well. By strengthening our vital qi, it brings our body into balance and enhances our wellness. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect on the body. Regular and consistent acupuncture
sessions work to incrementally bring your body to a strong and vital place.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
One of the main questions we always get is “Will it hurt? “ And “What does it feel like? “ The Acupuncture needles are very small, just a bit larger than a human hair. They are inserted very shallowly (1/8” – 1.5 “) .The sensations can range from a “dull ache” to “electric” to feeling a slight prick or absolutely no sensation. What people feel may has to do with their degree of sensitivity or their current physical condition. Many people worry about how the needles will feel because they are equating them with a hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are never inserted into veins or nerves. The sensation is unique and very few people experience it as painful.
How is my Acupuncturist Educated?
Acupuncturists attend four years of schooling at nationally certified graduate programs. Here they learn the medical theory of Tradition Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal formulation, and the modalities of Cupping, Moxa, and Tuina. Acupuncturists are required to pass a national exam (NCCAOM) and to meet the guidelines of the state they choose to practice in . Here in Oregon, Acupuncture is licensed by the Oregon Medical Board.
Cupping increases local circulation of blood, fluids and qi within the superficial and deeper levels of the muscles. It uses gentle, controlled suction from glass cups that are adhered to the body and left for 5- 15 minutes. The gentle pressure from the suction opens up our fascia and muscles, drains our lymphatic system, helps break up adhesions, moves stagnant fluids and inflammatory heat in the area and promotes deep relaxation.
Using the finely ground herb mugwort, your acupuncturist may administer moxa as part of your acupuncture treatment. There are many styles of moxibustion. All involve burning the herb to send deep warmth into the needle or the acupuncture points or the meridian. Moxa may be administered on the needle, on a slice of ginger, with cones of mugwort or stick moxa. All styles feel deeply warming and pleasant and strengthen the healing process.
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