* Acupuncture tip of the day: Chinese Herbal Medicine combined with acupuncture is very effective treatment for arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic pain.
Acupuncture and Seeding
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been around for hundreds of years. It is actually used worldwide and is based on a theory that energy, called chi (pronounced chee), flows through the body along pathways called meridians.
Acupuncturists at the Red Deer Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Clinic believe that illness may occur when something interferes and blocks your chi (energy pathways throughout the body). Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are the only way to unblock the chi and help it flow back into harmony and balance.
The process of acupuncture is done by putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points in the body to influence the energy flow. Oftentimes heat, pressure, or a mild electrical current may be used along with needles to achieve this goal of balancing your chi.
What happens during acupuncture?
Your acupuncturist usually starts off with an exam and then ask questions regarding your pain management and overall health. He may then look for places (called points) on your body in order to access the chi that is blocked or not flowing right. Each of these points relates to health issues and related problems.
Your Red Deer Acupuncture Clinic will look for landmarks on your body, often using certain muscles or bones, to find these points so he will know where to place the needles. After the points are found he will quickly tap the thin needles, often many needles, into your skin, some being placed deeper than others. This often depends on what may be needed to restore the flow of the chi.
Most people do not feel any pain from the needles at all as they are very thin, and may just feel like a little itch. The acupuncture treatment usually only lasts from 20 minutes to an hour, with most customers coming back over a few weeks for several visits to complete the treatment.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is the term used for the technique of placing small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices on the skin.
There are several ways that a cupping or acupuncture specialist in Red Deer can create this suction in the cups. One method involves swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup, lighting it, and then putting the cup immediately against the skin.
Suction can also be created by placing an inverted cup over a small flame, or by using an alcohol soaked cotton swab over an insulating material, like leather, to protect the skin, then lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. It must be noted that flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather as a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.
The process of cupping, much like inverse massage, involves gently moving the cups across the skin in a gliding motion. The suction in the cup causes the skin and top muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. According to may patients, the whole process of cupping is very relaxing. Often, cupping is combined with acupuncture services in the one session, but that is up to the patient, and can used as a treatment by itself. Cupping is a form of acupuncture most often used for chronic pain relief.
Gua Sha (Scraping)
What is Gua Sha (Scraping)?
Skin Scraping (Gua Sha) is one of the traditional Chinese natural therapies used by many people worldwide.
It is based on the skin theory of ancient Chinese medicine by using tools such as jade, ox horn or cupping jars with liniment on them to scrape or rub relevant part of the body or skin repeatedly in order to activate blood circulation.
Regular Skin Scraping is helpful to adjust the qi, relieve fatigue, and often improve the immune system. Gua Sha originated way back in the Paleolithic Age when people were sick, and just out of basic instinct, they rubbed some parts of the body with their hands or stones alleviating the pain or disease’s symptoms. Thus, the method of curing many diseases with stones was formed and gradually developed into a therapy worldwide and is now accepted throughout the scientific community as a traditional form of Chinese medicine.
What is Moxa (Moxibustion)?
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing.
Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means “acupuncture-moxibustion.” The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
There are two types of moxibustion: direct and indirect.
In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. This type of moxibustion is further categorized into two types: scarring and non-scarring.
With scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on a point, ignited, and allowed to remain onto the point until it burns out completely. This may lead to localized scarring, blisters and scarring after healing.
With non-scarring moxibustion, the moxa is placed on the point and lit, but is extinguished or removed before it burns the skin. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long.
* Ask The Doctor
The previous methods can be used to treat a wide variety of ailments, and will be employed based on discretion and experience of the doctor. If you suffer from PTSD, anxiety, chronic pain or any other ailments in the body such as fibromyalgia in the Red Deer area of Alberta, you should contact Dr Arlo at his Red Deer Acupuncture clinic immediately to book an appointment or just to talk about your symptoms. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture may be the only effective way to treat your painful condition, don’t delay.
What can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can treat a lot of everyday common conditions and ailments like headaches and other sources of pain. Acupuncture is now a common treatment for chronic pain as well as a lot of the following conditions:
- Back Pain – chronic and acute
- Quit smoking
- Headache all kinds
- Sequela Stroke
- Sinuses – chronic and acute
- Arthritic pain
- IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
- Sciatica pain – chronic and acute
- TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)
- Sprains and Strains
- Menstrual irregularity and pain
- UTI – chronic and acute
- Frozen shoulders
- Menopause symptoms
- ED (Erectile Dysfunction)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bell’s palsy
- Pain of any kind – chronic and acute