What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of promoting natural healing and improving function within the body. It is the gentle insertion of hair-fine thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of ones Qi or natural healing energy. Sometimes rather than just inserting acupuncture needles, your doctor may choose to use fine acupuncture tacks to stimulate Qi over a long period of time or may use heat or mild electrical stimulation. The technique of heat is called moxibustion and the application of local electricity is called electro-stimulation acupuncture.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is done by inserting needles and applying heat and /or electricity at various precise acupuncture points. Chinese explain acupuncture as natural energy traveling through channels in the body surfaces. There channels called meridians that run through the body and nourish the tissues. An obstruction or blockage or deficiencies of energy ( Qi ), blood and moisture would lead to dysfunction and ultimately disease and death.
Modern science explains the function of acupuncture in the following ways: Needling of acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release neuroproteins and neuroinformation packets in the muscles, spinalcord and brain, particularly the release of endorphin, enkephalins and dynorphins which have been identified in the mid-brain. These chemicals modulate the perception of pain and the physiological function of the neural-endocrine-hormonal system. They trigger the release of the body's own internal influences on regulating and harmonizing health.
What are Chinese Herbs?
Herbs are a variety of naturally found products having medicinal properties and add to the healthful benefits of acupuncture and traditional Chinese treatments.
Herbal formulas can be taken in a variety of ways. You may be prescribed raw herbs. You will take them home, and follow simple instructions, make these herbs into a tea to be drunk at home. Although some call it " Chinese tea," some may find the taste to be a little less than " delicious". For this reason, many practitioners also offer herbal supplements in pill and capsule form. Herbal formulas tend to be created for a single patient and their specific pattern of disharmony. Chinese herbs are very gentle medicine, with almost no side effects if used properly.
At Oriental Herb & Therapy Center, our professionals focus on individualized treatment plans to help your body resolve illness and aliments, enhance interrelationship of your body, mind and spirit. As a result, our treatments not only give you short term symptom relief, but also provide long term healthcare and wellness.
At our center, we offer both Eastern and Western therapeutic approaches to your health. We strive to provide you with thorough, individualized and comprehensive service and holistic approaches to assist you in achieving optimal health and wellness.