WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
When I began studying acupuncture 20 years ago, I had been a registered nurse (RN) for 22 years and my answer to the question - what is acupuncture? - was this “using needles to ease pain.”
Now, I don’t room enough here to describe with any completeness and justice what Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is, however, I can tell you from my experience what I have seen it do.
- Ease pain - chronic and acute (old injuries, new injuries, repetitive injuries) Musculo-skeletal conditions
- Ease pre-op anxiety, assists with immediate post-op recovery and long term healing of scars and restoration of meridian flow
In fact, my former nursing self would not hesitate to say that everyone undergoing a surgical procedure would benefit from acupuncture.
Now, here's a short list of what I didn’t expect to become part of my acupuncture practice:
- Blood pressure reduction and stabilization
- Fertility - pre and postpartum care and recovery
- Menstrual health and menopause balance
- Immune system strengthening
- Asthma control
- Gastro-intestinal health (to the point of quitting medications)
- Anxiety disorders
Take each of these listed conditions and multiply it by any of its associated or related issues and acupuncture can address it.
NO, it is not a wonder cure for everything, what it is is a thousands year old treatment modality based on a sound and continuous medical model of observation, recording and continual adaptation.
There are hundreds of studies on acupuncture and theories abound on how it works in terms of a Western medical model - I encourage you to check them out. If you want to know and discuss how it works, there is nothing I enjoy more than explaining and discussing the concepts, studies, history and evolution of Chinese Medicine and its connection to Western medicine.
My twenty years have taken me to a more intense study of Classical Chinese medicine which opens up even more scope for healing and preserving health.
Several modalities may be used during a session or only one depending on circumstances.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture: sterile stainless steel, silver or gold needles inserted into acupuncture points
- Kiiko Matsumoto Style acupuncture: based on her teachings
- Korean Hand Therapy (KHT): very fine tiny needles inserted into the hand OR just pressure/palpation to the areas with treatments to be done at home
- Auricular Therapy: ear acupuncture based on Chinese correlation and Dr. Nogier
- Scalp Acupuncture
- Acupuncture with Moxibustion
- Acupuncture with Cupping
- Moxibustion: direct or indirect; on its own
- Cupping: flame cupping, silicone cupping; on its own
- Gua Sha: scraping
- Tui Na: a type of massage based on Chinese medicine techniques, generally used in conjunction with acupuncture in my practice
- Chinese Dietary concepts and theory along with living right for the seasons, adapting to climate
- Health preservation and disease prevention concepts