What is Acupuncture?
How does Acupuncture work?
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Is Acupuncture for you?
Is Acupuncture safe?
What is Chinese Medicine?
How effective is Chinese Medicine?
What is it good for?
How are herbal Medicine different from Conventional Medicine?
How is Chinese Herbal Medicine different from other forms of herbalism?
Are there any side effects?
How do I take Chinese Herbal Medicines?
What Is Hair Analysis?
What is Bio-Impedance Analysis? (BIA)
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an old therapeutic method from Chinese medicine. The first record of Acupuncture is found in the over 2,000 year old Hung Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine). This is said to be the oldest medical textbook in the world. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, solid needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. The points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of five thousand years, and recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations. It is recognized by The World Health Organization as an effective medical procedure. Acupuncture is practiced all over the world.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture stimulates and realigns the bioelectric and biomagnetic currents in the body, helping to restore physical and mental balance. Traditional Chinese explanations use the concept of restoring the normal flow of vital energy that circulates along special channels all throughout the body. Modern research has shown that acupuncture elicits a complex set of responses in the peripheral, central and autonomic nervous systems, including the release of chemicals and hormones involved in pain transmission, behavior, muscle and visceral activity.
Acupuncture also affects sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, as well as the functioning of gastro-intestinal system, the immune system and the working of the endocrine system. It improves circulation and metabolism, and helps the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.
Does Acupuncture Hurt ?
Acupuncture does not cause any significant discomfort in the majority of patients. The needles are very fine and do not damage the tissues when inserted. For many people, acupuncture is a pleasant experience due to the sense of well-being that usually follows the treatment.
Is Acupuncture For You ?
Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment, or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:
- Neurologic and muscular disorders: headaches, stiff neck, neck and back pain, sciatica, sports injuries, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain.
- Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhea and gastritis.
- Menstrual and reproductive problems: dismenorrhea, perimenopausal symptoms and infertility.
- Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction.
- Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections.
- Stress and psycho-emotional problems.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
In the hands of qualified practitioners, acupuncture is one of the safest therapeutic interventions ever used by human being, with a time-tested record of millions of treatments, virtually free of side effects. Nowadays, the use of sterile disposable needles has totally eliminated the risk of infection.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (T C M) has a long history of over 5,000 years. The principles of T C M are founded on an in depth understanding of both the physiology of the human body and on pathology in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
How Effective are Chinese Herbal Medicine?
These herbal medicines form the basis of a medical system that is used by a quarter of the world’s population. This is a natural form of therapy that lacks the dramatic impact of medical drugs, which often lead to side effects. Chinese herbal medicines act in a more gentle and gradual manner, assisting the body to heal itself in a natural way, so that the root cause of the problem is treated along with the symptoms.
What is it Good For?
TCM is effective in treating a wide range of diseases and ailments, and complements the weaknesses of orthodox medical treatments. One good example of this is the Chinese use of tonic medicines to strengthen and supplement parts of the body that have become weak or are not functioning at full capacity. In this way, TCM successfully treats many chronic and degenerative conditions, boosting the immune system and restoring normal function.
How are Herbal Medicines Different from Conventional Medicines?
Each herb contains dozens of active chemicals that occur in a natural form. The Chinese believe that these actives have evolved in nature side by side for good reason and to separate one from the other would be upsetting a natural balance, of which human beings are also a part. The modern scientific approach is to isolate the directly effective actives and manufacture them synthetically, producing powerful drugs that may also have unwanted side effects.
How is Chinese Herbal Medicine Different from Other Form of Herbalism?
Over its long history, Chinese herbalists have discovered how to combine herbs so that the beneficial effects are maximized and the unwanted effects are minimized. This has lead to the development of a large number of traditional herbal formulas that are designed to treat a wide variety of common imbalances. When prescribing, a Chinese herbalist will base his (her) prescription on one or more of these traditional formulas, making minor adjustments for each individual.
Are There any Side Effects?
Chinese herbal medicine has evolved in such a way as to minimize unwanted side effects. Those that do occur are usually mild and are easily dealt with, such as stomach upset or diarrhea. Very rarely there may be an allergic reaction, so you should make sure to inform your practitioner if you have a history of any type of allergy.
How Do I Take Chinese Herbal Medicines?
Herbalists provide herbal medicines in three forms: concentrated pills or tablets; water-soluble granules, and herbal cream. Generally, the formulas are made into pills; the single herbs come as water-soluble granules, and the herbal cream for external use.
What Is Hair Analysis?
Hair tissue analysis is a sophisticated laboratory technique used for assessing mineral imbalances (e.g. calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron - low zinc can cause immune problems) and toxicities (e.g. aluminum, lead, mercury) in the human body. Hair is the second most metabolically active tissue. It closely reflects the minerals that are accumulating in the body, particularly in cases of toxic metal exposures. Only one tablespoon of hair is required to test 38 elements. The results are easy to comprehend and can be used by you and your health care provider as an indicator of your progress.
What is Bio-Impedance Analysis? (BIA)
Also known as Bio-electrical Impedance Analysis or BIA, this is a widely-accepted method of measuring the ratio of body fat against lean muscle mass due to its simplicity, speed and noninvasive nature. A Body Bio-Impedance Analysis helps to determine a realistic measure relating to your picture of health and well-being, and may help in planning goals for weight management or in achieving a better body balance for health improvement and prevention of illness.
Body Bioimpedance Analysis gives valuable information on cellular health, metabolism, toxicity to help create naturopathic, nutrition, or exercise programs suited to your individual needs. The following measurements are taken:
Overall Cell Health ("Phase Angle"): This is a key indicator of your overall health. The higher the number, the healthier you are.
Body Composition: Indicates the body's percentage of fat and muscle. Important because the more body fat you have, the more inflammation you have - this is a significant risk factor for a number of diseases, especially heart disease, because inflammation stresses key parts of your body defense including your liver, immune system and adrenal glands.
Metabolism: Indicates if your body is breaking down healthy or unhealthy tissue for energy. Obviously, the higher your metabolism, the less fat you have.
Water inside/outside of cells: When your body has a high level of toxicity, there is more water outside your cells than inside them. Having more water outside of your cells dilutes the toxins and helps to make them less harmful to your body. However, this is not a healthy state to be in because the inside of your cells do not have enough water to function properly.
Hydration: If your body is low on water, your metabolism slows. Problems resulting from dehydration include headaches, fatigue, and sweet cravings. It may surprise you that most people are chronically dehydrated because they do not drink enough water.