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Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere. With growing support and studies from organizations such as the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health, you can feel safe in knowing that Acupuncture can be extremely effective in the prevention and treatment of disease.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Blockage of this vital energy through physical trauma, injuries, emotional stresses, and many other factors leads to an imbalance of the flow of one's energy which in turn results in pain or disease. At Island Acupuncture we use a variety of techniques, including placing hair thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow to aide in restoring your natural health.
For simplicities sake, imagine for a moment a river that flows naturally. All is healthy in and along the river. Then imagine that same river blocked by a beaver dam. The environment beyond the dam is unhealthy and withered as proper nutrition and inadequate water are unable to access and nourish the area. The environment behind the dam is also unhealthy as the area here is overly wet with stagnant water that breeds unhealthy bacteria. This example can represent what is happening in our bodies meridians when the energy is blocked or stagnant. Now imagine that the beaver dam is opened by an outside means. Water is again able to flow naturally and thus health is eventually restored at all ends of the river. This too occurs when natural Qi flow is restored in the body by using acupuncture needles to remove the blockages.
Our acupuncturist here at Island Acupuncture incorporates techniques of both Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Japanese Acupuncture in her session depending on the clients needs.
The many benefits of acupuncture include:
- Pain reduction
- Stress and tension relief
- Increased energy levels and improved moods
- Stronger digestion
- Relief from addictions
- Greater sense of overall health and well-being
Shonishin--pediatric non needle acupuncture
Shonishin is a process of using specialized tools that promote health by accessing a childs energies on the surface of the skin. This technique avoids the need for use of needles which can be anxiety producing for young children. Children are able to move about, ask questions, and be interactive in the sessions. Children enjoy and are often relaxed by the sessions and leave with smiles on their faces!
What Acupuncture Treats
*Allergies *Irregular Menstrual Cycles
*Amenorrhea (no menstrual cycle) *Lateral epicondylitis (Tennis elbow)
*Arthritis *Lyme Disease symptoms
*Asthma *Medial epicondylitis (Golfer's elbow)
*Asthma *Menopausal changes
*Bell's palsy *Musculoskeletal pain-(back, hip,
*Carpal tunnel syndrome neck, knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle,
*Chronic and post-operative pain foot, hand, wrist, fingers/toes)
*Constipation *Nausea/vomiting due to pregnancy
*Diarrhea or chemotherapy, other
*Facial rejuvenation *Sciatica
*Gastrointestinal disorders *Sports injuries
*High blood pressure *Stroke rehabilitation
*Inducing labor(beyond due date) *Turning a breech fetus
*Weakened immune system
*** Please remember that this is only a partial list! If your particular problem is not listed, no matter how serious or unusual, please call 508-228-6898 for more information. Acupuncture and oriental medicine can often help where conventional treatment has had limited success! Many of our clients come as a last resort!
Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis
One of the most common questions that patients ask about Chinese Medicine is: "Why does my practitioner check my pulse and look at my tongue?" Pulse and tongue diagnosis are actually some of the most complex and important diagnostic techniques we use in Chinese Medicine. Through feeling and evaluating your pulse, and upon visual assessment of the tongue, we obtain an accurate diagnosis of your overall constitution, Qi (energy) flow, and internal organ health, among other things. This information is then synthesized with your chief complaints and past medical history into a highly effective and individualized treatment plan to suit your specific needs.
Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for musculoskeletal and sports injuries, pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, we insert very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body. Needles are then attached to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, relaxes the muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins to promote pain relief.
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, warm the body,stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.
While "moxa" can be utilized in many forms, our office most often utilizes this herb in a tool called a Tigerwarmer. This tool eliminates the possibility of potential burns and the heat effect can be regulated to the clients comfort level.
Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.
Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. Specialized "cups" onto placed at specific points on your body using the principles of suction to draw your skin up into the cups at a level that is comfortable for the individual. Proper cupping draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.
Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.
Since each patient has different needs, herbs are carefully selected and combined based on the individual to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. We prescribe only high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines for both our adult and pediatric populations.
Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.
First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. Next, a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) is applied in short brisk strokes to that area. This may create reddened areas of skin (called "Sha") which is an expression of the bodies ability to release "bad blood". Gua sha is detoxifying to the body and helps restore the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. As we practice in an area with beautiful beaches and plenty of special events, please be sure to notify your practitioner if areas of "Sha" will not be the best accompaniment to your planned outfits :)
Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We use a variety of pressures and strokes along the meridians (energy pathways) of your body. This technique both relaxes your muscles and also stimulates the flow of energy through your body allowing for treatment of both the physical (musculature) and energetic (Qi) levels of your body at the same time.
Magnet therapy is utilized to promote ongoing movement of Qi beyond your treatment session in the office. If prescribed, you will be educated on how to find the appropriate acupuncture points to place the magnets and how to use the magnets to either tonify (nourish) a point, or reduce (push Qi away from) a point to promote ongoing pain relief, management of swelling, and stress relief. *Of special note:
1) NO...these are not your "refrigerator style" magnets. They have a much stronger gauss rating that is used therapeutically.
2) Magnets cannot be used for anyone with a pacemaker or cardiac condition
Did you watch the Olympics recently and wonder what that tape was all over the athletes bodies? The answer is kinesiotaping which has been gaining popularity recently among athletes from weekend warriors to professionals.
The tape itself is somewhat elastic which, when stretched and placed on the muscles appropriately, allows for a "lifting" of the skin which promotes increased circulation, cellular metabolism, and pain relief. Taping is being used by athletes of all types to speed the healing process after injury but also prevent injury by providing for improved tissue alignment and range of motion.
Kinesiotaping isn't just for athletes however. The principles of therapeutic taping can be used for anyone with a musculoskeletal injury so call today!