Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of health care with a tradition that dates back more than three thousand years. Used to prevent disease and improve well-being, as well as diagnose and treat various illnesses, Chinese Medicine encompasses not only acupuncture, but also massage, diet therapy, herbal therapy, exercise, and Qigong meditation. These therapies work in conjunction with the vital energies intrinsic to all living things to enhance the body’s natural healing abilities. Chinese Medicine makes use of minimally invasive treatments to encourage natural health and wellness.
Western Medicine attributes the effectiveness of acupuncture to several mechanisms. These mechanisms include metabolic, nervous, biochemical, and endocrine pathways. Acupuncture derives from ancient eastern theories relating to the flow of Qi energy through distinct meridians or pathways that run through the body similar to the blood in blood vessels. Acupuncture normalizes Qi energy in order to restore balance.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the Western biomedical model of approaching bodily health issues. In the Chinese model, disease is generally interpreted as a disorder of disharmony, and therefore medical treatments focus on balancing and harmonizing the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture complement the body’s inherent healing capabilities and augment the health of the whole person.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Absolutely. In addition to being an inherently low-risk medical option, acupuncture is applied by physicians who must adhere to stringent safety procedures enforced by state and federal agencies. According to Florida law, only pre-sterilized disposable single-use needles can be used.
What therapies are used?
Your individual treatment program is tailored to your individual diagnosis, utilizing only the therapies that will provide the greatest benefit at the time of treatment. These usually include:
- Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture: Insertion of thin sterilized single use needles into the skin to affect specific acupuncture points.
- Chinese Herbal Medicine: Custom herbal prescriptions or ready-made prescriptions.
- Cupping: A technique where glass cups are applied to the skin with a vacuum created by heat. Massage (Tuina) & Moxa (Heat Therapy).
The World Health Organization
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the efficacy of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in treating many disorders. In the hands of a properly trained practitioner, acupuncture has applications that extend far beyond pain relief. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of many common illnesses.
Illnesses That Can Benefit from Acupuncture
The World Health Organization Interregional Seminar compiled a list of illnesses that may benefit from acupuncture treatment; this can be found in the space below. This is only a partial list and is based on clinical experience, not necessarily controlled clinical research. The inclusion of specific diseases should not be taken to indicate the extent of acupuncture’s efficacy in treatment, since different conditions may vary in severity and response.
Acute bronchitis, bronchial asthma (most effective in children and uncomplicated conditions).
Upper Respiratory Tract
Acute sinusitis, acute rhinitis, flu, common cold, acute tonsillitis.
Toothaches, gingivitis, post-extraction pain, acute, and chronic pharyngitis.
Acute conjunctivitis, cataracts (without complications), central retinitis myopia (in children).
Hiccough, spasms of esophagus, acute and chronic gastritis, gastroptosis, gastric hyperacidity, acute duodenal ulcer (without complications), chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief), acute bacillary dysentery, acute and chronic colitis, diarrhea, constipation, paralytic ileus.
Reproductive & Gynecological Conditions
Premenstrual syndrome, spotting and excessive bleeding, dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps), amenorrhea (loss of menstrual period), infertility, impotence, prostatis, incontinence.
Neurologic and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Headache and migraine, peripheral neuropathies, trigeminal neuralgias, pareses following a stroke, facial palsy (early stage, i.e., within 3-6 months), sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e., within 6 months), neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Meniere’s disease, nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), cervicobrachial syndrome, intercostal neuralgia, tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, sciatica, osteoarthritis, lower back pain, back and knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, sports injuries & pains.
Anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia.