UNDERSTANDING

ACUPUNCTURE

 

Acupuncture treats...

Pain of all types, especially chronic pain and injuries

    Low back pain/strain, sciatica

    Neck strain/sprain

    Shoulder tendonitis

    Herniated, bulging discs

    Spasms and muscle pulls

    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Whiplash

    Work related injuries

    Neuromas and foot pain, heel spurs, Plantar Facaiitis

    Numbness, Bell’s Palsy, strokes

    Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis

    Fibromyalgia

    Post surgical and dental pain

    Undiagnosable pain

Menstrual cramps and PMS

Headaches and migraines

Diabetes

    stabilization of insulin levels, nausea, 

    peripheral neuropathy

Digestive disorders from nausea, to Crohn’s, IBS, and Celiac Disease

Women’s health

    Irregular menses, PMS and Infertility

    Menopausal symptoms, hot flashes and memory loss

Fatigue, both chronic and acute

Immune system deficiency and allergies

Dermatological issues

    Acne

    Scars and burns (from sunburns to chemical burns)

    Anti-aging for the face

Emotional issues (depression, insomnia, anxiety,

    addictions)

Brain injuries and neurological disorders

Cancer recovery and treatment support

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Oriental Medicine is becoming the complementary medicine treatment of choice for Americans everywhere!  Over 12 million Americans have utilized acupuncture since it’s introduction to the US in the 1970’s.  Personal health insurance, company flexible spending programs, worker’s compensation and auto insurance coverage for acupuncture is growing in popularity.  

 

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Based on the five elements in nature (metal, water, wood, fire, and earth) Oriental, or Traditional Chinese Medicine is an ancient system of medicine that has been utilized to diagnose, treat and prevent disease for over 4,000 years.  Of these therapies, acupuncture and Chinese herbology are the most popular in Western culture.  Additional therapies such as moxibustion (heat), gua sha (stimulation of the skin by light scraping), auricular therapy (ear acupuncture), and massage therapy can be expected during a treatment.

 

It has been scientifically determined that human beings are unique bio-energetic systems.  Oriental Medicine acknowledges that there is a vital life force (Qi or Energy) that flows through all things.

 

Qi flows along energetic pathways (the meridians) in the human body, which are related to the organs, the muscular, lymphatic and nervous system.  When the balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or excessive emotional issues, pain or illness results.

 

Oriental Medicine focuses on treating the factors that cause disease.  By correcting these imbalances, and stimulating the body’s own natural ability to heal itself, the body is brought back into energetic balance.

 

Treatment plans are diagnosed by a thorough examination, which includes an interpretation based on medical history, pulse, skin color, physical palpation, vital signs, emotions experienced, and even tongue appearance.

 

What is an Acupuncture treatment like?

Extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible, single-use sterilized disposable needles are placed at specific acupuncture points on the body.  

 

When the needles are inserted, you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth.  Many people are surprised to discover that acupuncture treatments are actually quite relaxing, and often fall asleep during treatment!

 

The length and frequency of treatments are customized, depending on each individual’s unique case and is determined by your practitioner.  As you improve, fewer visits are required.

 

Ancient Chinese herbal formulas are as effective, now, as they were when first introduced thousands of years ago.  Most formulas consist of two to eighteen different herbs.  These formulas treat a wide variety of symptoms, while stimulating the body’s natural, beautiful healing process.  

 

Interestingly, hospital studies prescribing individualized complex herbal formulas have demonstrated excellent results with patients who fail to respond to conventional pharmaceutical treatments.

 

Formulas may be taken as teas, pills, capsules, granules, or tinctures, depending on the patient and the recommendation of the practitioner.  Chinese herbal medicine is generally safe and effective when prescribed by a qualified practitioner of Oriental Medicine.

 

A qualified practitioner of Oriental or Traditional Chinese Medicine has completed at least 3,200 hours of study in the theory and practicum of Oriental or Traditional Chinese Medicine and has passed all national and state licensing requirements.  Tamara Hutchins, L.Ac., MSTCM completed over 3,500 hours of study and practicum to attain a Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine degree, not including continuing education.