Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture Care at First State Health & Wellness
Oriental Medicine (OM) pre-dates modern western medicine by several thousand years. It has grown and developed into a comprehensive health care system with a continuous history of over 2,300 years.
Today Oriental medicine is widespread and has touched every part of the world. Oriental medicine is the result of generation after generation of doctors and scholars observing both the principles of the natural law of nature, and the different phases of life’s natural cycles: Change, Growth, Balance, and Harmony. Temperature and climate changes such as heat, cold, dampness and dryness were also studied, as well as their affects on both nature and man.
The mind and body share a very powerful connection, even today with all the technologies we have, scientists tell us we only use a very small percentage of our brain. Oriental Medicine has been observing the symbiotic connection between our minds and our emotions for over 2,300 years.
Oriental Medicine is a complex and natural method of medicine. The goal of Oriental medicine is to seek harmony and balance between the mind and body, and also to enable the body’s natural ability to function and regulate itself. Oriental medicine offers a holistic approach to health that emphasizes a person’s health as a unified whole, as opposed to focusing on one particular symptom or disease.Oriental Medicine aims to treat the root cause of symptoms, which are
Oriental medicine influences the body in these following ways specific and unique to each individual:
- Promotes health and well being for both mental and physical conditions simultaneously.
- Its immediate effects include a sense of well-being and relaxation, as well as reduced anxiety and depression.
- Prevents illness
- Treats multiple illnesses based on generations of clinical experience.
- Serves as a general balancing treatment, treating not only symptoms, but also the root cause of those symptoms.
- General calming and relaxation of the body allows it to be better able to respond to other forms of treatment (ie: chiropractic, massage, etc.)
The practice of Oriental Medicine includes:
- Tuina Chinese medical massage
- QiGong – Breathing and stretching exercises which increase oxygen and blood flow to the body as well as to help increase range of motion to the joints.
- Nutritional recommendations and Lifestyle counseling
Cupping for Health & Healing
Cupping, an ancient method of healing, involves suctioning the skin, muscle, fascia, and blood vessels on specific meridians or affected regions of the body. This technique traces back to the early fourth century when hollowed out animal horns were placed on certain areas of the body to initiate the healing process.
Today, cupping has evolved to utilizing glass or plastic “cups” that allow a varying degree of suction to a particular acupoint, meridian, muscle, or trigger point. Cupping works within the soft tissue by drawing toxins up and out of the body. Gentle yet effective, the technique has been described as a ‘reverse massage.’ To learn more, click here
Acupuncture is Making a Difference for our Patients
I had no idea what to expect as this was my first Acupuncture experience. Dr. Jerrell is great and I’m feeling better and in control not to mention my back pain is better.
Immediately after having ear surgery, I experienced severe vertigo whenever I walked or moved my head. Daily living activities were non-existent—I was unable to work, and needed help bathing, dressing and doing light housekeeping. After just one acupuncture session I felt 50% better. After three sessions, my symptoms were totally gone!
I was experiencing dizzy spells, headaches and eye twitching for 6 months. After 12 sessions (6 weeks) of acupuncture, my eye has stopped twitching, my headaches are less frequent and the dizziness has decreased!
Acupuncture and OM FAQs
Acupuncture is one of the modalities of Oriental medicine. Acupuncture consists of the insertion of extremely fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into certain locations on the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.
These points have been mapped by the Oriental medicine doctors for over 2,300 years, and there are more than 1,000 known acupuncture points. In the past three decades electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points. The points are like switches on a circuit breaker for regulating and balancing the body.
Modern Western medicine cannot yet explain how acupuncture works. Modern Western medicine cannot yet explain how acupuncture works. Acupuncture is based on ancient theories of the flow of qi (a fine, essential substance which nourishes and constructs the body) through distinct channels that cover the body somewhat like nerves and blood vessels.
According to this theory, acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi in the body, leading it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is stuck and / or superabundant. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and its parts. In Chinese, there is a saying, “if there is pain, there is no free flow: if there is free flow, there is no pain.” Acupuncture promotes and reestablishes the free flow of qi.
Over the last several years many hospitals and universities across the country have been doing studies on the positive effects of acupuncture. Many of these hospitals have also created integrated healing centers inside the hospital setting, so that patients can receive conventional medicine and Oriental Medicine in one place. The integration of the two medicines has opened the doors for patient’s to receive the best of both worlds. Included among the hospitals that have integrated Oriental Medicine include; Duke Medical University, Thomas Jefferson Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment for over 40 common disorders.
Colds & Flus
Low back pain
Psycho-emotional & Neurolgical Disorders
Post stroke paralysis
In addition, Oriental Medicine has been used for centuries throughout Asia to treat hundreds of other problems.
Caution: The improper use of Chinese Herbal Medicine can be dangerous. Please consult with a licensed acupuncturist before taking any herbal products.
In acute conditions, results with herbal medicine can be expected in a matter of minutes. In chronic conditions, some results should be seen within two weeks. Although chronic conditions may require taking Chinese herbal medicine for a long time, signs that the medicine is working should be apparent to the patient and practitioner almost from the very start.
Do not change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your practitioner.
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