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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a 4,000 year old medical approach based on the Taoist tenet of balance. The goal of this healing tradition is to promote and re-establish this state of balance in a person through acupuncture, herbal therapy, massage, exercise, dietary therapy, and lifestyle counseling. The beauty of Chinese Medicine is that treatment is focused on healing the whole person, rather than eliminating a particular disease. Acupuncture is one method within this tradition that can break a pattern of disharmony and direct the body towards a more healthy and balanced state.

 

 

 

How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works by accessing Qi, or energy, that runs through meridian pathways in our bodies. By choosing specific points on these pathways, the practitioner is able to regulate the flow of Qi through the body, perhaps building the Qi when there is too little, or moving the Qi when there is a blockage.

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to promote healing and well-being. Placement of the needles is based on the Chinese Medical model of the meridian system whose pathways run all over the body. Acupuncture can help to break a pattern of disharmony which manifests as physical or emotional “dis-ease”, and direct the body to a more healthy and balanced state.

There are multiple adjunct treatments that can be used:

  • Hari Style acupuncture is a very gentle Japanese style of acupuncture that stimulates the points through merely touching, but not penetrating, the skin with various types of metal needles and tools. It is a great technique for children, the elderly, and those individuals who are too sensitive to traditional needling techniques.
  • Moxabustion is the practice of burning the herb Artemisia Vulgaris, commonly known as mugwort, in conjunction with an acupuncture treatment. It can be burned directly on the needles, or indirectly above an acupuncture point. It has a calming effect on the patient and enhances the effect of the needles during treatment.
  • Cupping therapy is an adjunctive technique used by acupuncturists to help relieve local Blood and Qi stagnation that manifests as pain and tension in the body. Glass cups are placed on the skin, and a pump creates a vacuum effect where the skin, fascia, and muscle tissue are drawn into the cup. This technique can bring immediate relief of tight painful muscles. It works on a more superficial level, while acupuncture works on a deeper level in the body.
  • Gua Sha is an adjunctive technique used by acupuncturists to help relieve local Blood and Qi stagnation that manifests as pain and tension in the body. An object with a hard round edge (such as a porcelain Chinese soup spoon) is drawn over the skin with a lubricant (oil, lotion, salve). This technique can bring immediate relief of tight painful muscles. It works on a more superficial level, while acupuncture works on a deeper level in the body.
  • Tuina is a Chinese form of massage that works on the meridian system. Acupressure techniques are used to stimulate the points and meridians, rather than needles. This technique is helpful in stimulating the entire meridian versus one singular acupuncture point. It can be employed for patients who are too sensitive to traditional needling techniques.
  • Chinese Dietary Therapy is based on the premise that all the food we eat has energetic and healing properties. The correct combinations of foods can help to create health and balance in the body, similar to an acupuncture treatment. Dietary suggestions tailored directly to an individual’s pattern of disharmony in Chinese Medicine can strengthen constitutional weaknesses, support the work being done during an acupuncture session, promote disease prevention on a long-term basis, and give symptomatic relief.
  • Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is a holistic approach to beauty. It is a series of acupuncture treatments that focus on improving the outward appearance of the face by addressing the overall health of the entire person. Acupuncture points on the body and face are stimulated, and a 15 minute facial massage is included in the session. For more information go to www.holisticbeauty.com.

 

What can I expect during a session?
The initial 2-hour consultation includes a complete evaluation and acupuncture treatment. This process includes a “head-to-toe” survey of the body and all its systems, discussion of the patient’s main complaint & concerns, palpation of the radial pulses and abdomen, tongue diagnosis, and lifestyle & dietary evaluation. After gathering all this valuable information, a deeper understanding of the patient’s situation is possible and a diagnosis according Chinese Medical principles can be established. With this diagnosis in place, an individualized treatment plan can be determined that will address what treatment techniques are appropriate, how frequent treatments need to be, how long a course of treatment may be, and what lifestyle and dietary changes can be implemented to enhance the effect of the acupuncture & adjunct treatment techniques.

The actual 1-hour acupuncture treatment consists of the insertion of thin, sterile, disposable needles into the points on the appropriate meridians. Usually the patient may feel nothing at all or slight pinch, followed by a tingling, warm, heavy sensation. The needles are left in the body for ten to fifty minutes, during which most people feel a heightened level of relaxation. Symptomatic relief may occur immediately or may take longer depending on the severity and duration of the condition.

Course of treatment depends on the nature of the disease and the patient’s general health. Treatments may be scheduled as often as several times per week, or as little as once per month. As a rule, more acute conditions usually resolve quickly, and more chronic conditions may require sustained treatment.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine promote physical healing, emotional healing, pain relief, relaxation, and stress reduction on a holistic level. It can provide relief to those suffering from acute conditions, as well as long standing chronic conditions. It can also be used as a preventative healthcare measure, detoxification support, and facial rejuvenation technique.

Acupuncture can be helpful for colds & flus, asthma, bronchitis, sinus issues, allergies, earaches, back & neck pain, arthritis, sciatica, bursitis, tendonitis, neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, migraine headaches, TMJ, dizziness, stroke, sprains & strains, acne, eczema, rosacea, hives, infertility, PMS, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, vulvadynia, irregular menses, menstrual cramps, morning sickness & nausea, difficult labor, UTI, menopausal symptoms, hypoglycemia, hypertension, ulcers, IBS, acid reflux, thyroid dysfunction, hormonal imbalance, hemorrhoids, diabetes, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, palpitations, detoxification from substance abuse, and weight loss.

How do I make an appointment?
Call Amy Jao at 978-768-6321, extension 2, for an appointment, or email her at Amy_jao@comcast.net.

Where can I get more information?
Please visit www.amyjaoacupuncture.com for more detailed information on Amy's acupuncture practice.

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