The techniques of Asian Medicine have been practiced in China or over 5,000 years and have proven to be extremely effective as a primary health care modality. The US and Europe began the understanding, study and practice of these techniques in the mid 1950’s. The combination of techniques of Asian Medicine form a holistic approach to healing by treating the patient as a whole being, consisting of body, mind and spirit.
The various modalities that make up Asian Medicine include acupuncture, herbal formals, auricular acupuncture and seed therapy, moxabustion, cupping, gua sha, acupressure, reflexology, nutritional and lifestyle advise and herbal linaments.
Acupuncture therapy uses sterile, disposable needles. These micro-thin needles are gently inserted into selected acupuncture points on the body. These points are grouped along defined pathways called meridians that run throughout the body. The health of the body, and organ systems, is optimized when the energy and blood flows smoothly through these pathways. When the energy or blood flow is absent, interrupted or blocked, illness, pain or lack of vitality may result. Energy becomes regulated, blood flow is returned and health is restored by stimulation of these acupuncture points.
Conditions Commonly Treated with Asian Medicine and Acupuncture
Back pain &/or stiffness
Localized traumatic injuries
Sprains and strains
Headache & migraine
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Post-operative pain & limited ROM
Stroke &/or Bell’s Palsy
PMS, cramps, irregular cycle
Obstetrics & Infertility
Common Cold &/or Bronchitis
Immune System Boost
Stress &/or Anxiety
EYE, EAR, NOSE, DENTAL
Reduce stress, anti-aging rejuvenation, control/manage body weight, boost immune system, eliminate addictions, enhance athletic performance.
Does it hurt?
The thin needles are specifically designed to be virtually painless. This doesn’t mean that there is no feeling from acupuncture. Common sensations include warmth and/or a feeling of pressure.
How many treatments will I need?
Each person is unique and requires an individualized treatment plan. The length of treatment depends on the type, severity and duration of the condition. Generally speaking, for every year a condition has existed, a month of regular treatment is required.
What training is required?
The California Board of Medical Quality Assurance has licensed acupuncturists since 1976. In California, four years of formal training is required to receive a Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MTOM). Acupuncturists must also pass a state exam to obtain their license (L.Ac.).
Some practitioners continue their education for an additional 3 or more years to complete a Doctoral of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. The DAOM is currently the highest level of education for this profession.