Acupuncuture & Moxibustion
Acupuncture and Moxibustion both operate on the meridian system of the body. The meridians are channel pathways for resources to the organs, muscles, sinews, ligaments, and nerves. Meridians provide an alternative physiological understanding of the body. As a result, Chinese Medicine defines pathology of the body within its own framework.
Acupuncture utilizes and stimulates the body's own systems of healing. Every living being has the ability to heal itself and is required to do so regularly. Acupuncture activates extra resources to direct the body towards health. The meridians, and the points that exist on them, allow practitioners to assist the body in treating very specific symptoms and imbalances. My patients are undergoing their own healing before, during, and after they visit me, I am simply helping direct and support their body's own efforts to take care of itself.
Moxibustion supplies the body with resources and activates channel pathways in ways acupuncture simply cannot. When resources are insufficient to complete healing, moxibustion is applied. Moxibustion can be interpreted as its own fully developed system of treatment independent of acupuncture. It is an a highly effective tool in clinic and I often send my patients home with a moxa stick to use on themselves as a form of continued care between treatments.
Moxibustion and Acupuncture are often combined in clinic. The practitioner utilizes the same physiological understanding of the body when applying both forms of treatment. Moxibustion uses the fine material that grows underneath the leaves of the mugwort plant while acupuncture uses very thin needles. Both activate particular nodes in the body that were mapped thousands of years ago. Treatments involve the stimulation of various sets of nodes with acupuncture needles and/or moxibustion for a set period of time.
It is important to note that modern technology and study has expanded Chinese Medicine. The 20th century provided further development of auricular acupuncture, scalp acupuncture, and the use of electronics in clinic. These have been important steps in furthering the clinical scope of Chinese Medicine treatments for everyday conditions like addiction recovery, paralysis, post-stroke, neurological conditions, severe emotional disorders, and much more. Acupuncture and Moxibustion is an old science that has had time to mature and grow while adapting to the times.
What are some of the things Acupuncture and Moxibustion can treat?
Everyone who visits an Acupuncturist wants to know the answer to this. The truth is that the list is just too long! Chinese Medicine has withstood the test of time through the application and study of various techniques in clinic. It is arguably the most "tested" medical system in history. And not only on humans but also with many other mammals.
I will list a few of the more common conditions I've helped treat in clinic. The actual list is too long to compile but the following is a start:
Auto-Immune Conditions - multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid dysfunction, HIV, epstein barr, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
Cardiovascular Issues - High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Varicose Veins, Angina, Palpitations
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Digestive Issues - IBS, Chron's Disease, Constipation, Loose Stools/Diarrhea, Acid Reflux, Hyperacidity, Indigestion, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Candida
Menstrual Problems - PMS, Irregular Menses, Painful Menses, Amenorrhea
Muscle Sprains/Strains or Weakness
Pain - Shoulders, Back, Lingering Injuries, Acute Injuries, Sports Injuries, Sciatica, Hip Pain, Whiplash
Pregnancy Care/Labor Support
Respiratory Conditions - Cold & Flu, Bronchitis, Asthma, Chronic Cough, Phelgm
Recovery from Surgery/Treatment - Pre & Post
Skin Disorders – Eczema, Psoriasis, Hives, Shingles, Acne
Weight loss & Weight Management
...And much more...