Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine disposable needles into specific points, balancing the body to restore health. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing abilities, reduces inflammation, and promotes physical and emotional wellbeing.
Acupuncture has neuromodulating effects, such as regulating the polarization of nerves, targeting specific receptors for the release of specific neuropeptides and regulating autonomic reflexes for improved organ and gland function and reduction in pain signals.
Cupping is a therapy that complements an acupuncture treatment. Suction cups placed at various points on the body create a vacuum that draws toxins to the surface of the skin to be released. The effect of this is to encourage the flow of blood in the area beneath the cup. Cupping therapy removes local congestion and increases the blood circulation to the areas that were originally poorly supplied and thereby relieves the symptoms of numbness and aching pain.
Electroacupuncture(EA) uses extremely gentle micro and/or millicurrents which send specific electrical messages through acupoints to communicate directly with the brain, resulting in profound physiological balancing.
There are many theories as to the mechanisms of electroacupuncture such as:
Stem Cell Theory: EA communicates on a quantum level releasing more stem cells.
Antioxidant Theory: EA adds electrons to the body, the additional electrons stabilize free radicals and act systemically as antioxidants.
Electromagnetic Field Theory: Electrical current hooked up to a needle generates a electromagnetic field around the needle. It helps to increase blood circulation locally, increases neural activity locally and helps to heal and regulate cerebral electrical activity.
Frequency Specific Theory: EA affects specific receptors using specific frequencies.
According to the principles of auricular therapy each area of the ear corresponds to a different anatomical portion of the body. Auricular therapy works by stimulating the central nervous system through the cranial/spinal nerves on the auricle of the ear. These points are stimulated by using tiny acupuncture needles or using tiny magnets or seeds held on by adhesive. Auricular therapy stimulates internal organs, improves general circulation, aids in the flow of the lymphatic system, induces deep relaxation, stimulates the brain, and improves the immune system. Almost all health conditions can be affected to some degree by stimulating the ear points. The most common uses are the control of chronic pain, detoxification from addictions such as smoking, relief from nausea and high blood pressure.
Chinese Herbs and Supplements
Chinese herbal medicine is based on an individualized pattern diagnosis. Your pattern is made up of your signs and symptoms, your emotional temperament, and the overall composition of your body. Herbal medicine is based on the promotion of health and does not limit its treatment to only one part of the body. Herbal formulas may include six to eighteen herbs, working synergistically together to treat the symptoms or disease, as well as your entire pattern. One of the most appealing qualities of Chinese herbal medicine is the low risk of adverse reaction or side effects, especially when compared to pharmaceutical drugs. The Chinese herbal companies that I use are Health Concerns, Evergreen, Herbal Times and Blue Poppy. I also use supplements from Standard Process, Apex Energetics, Designs for Health, Integrative Therapeutics and Pure Encapsulation. All supplements come in capsule or tablet form.