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Warming Needles

  • Warming Needles is a Japanese technique that incorporates high quality moxa wool in smaller amounts to warm the meridians.
  • The moxa wool is placed on the handle of the needle after it has been inserted into the acupuncture point.
  • The moxa is burned on the handle or top of the needle and the warmth and therapeutic properties are transferred to the meridians promoting the free flow of Qi and blood.
  • This is very relaxing and nurturing, and is used in the treatment of painful joints caused by cold, and numbness with cold sensation and paralysis.

Auricular (ear) acupuncture

is a therapy where special ear needles are inserted into the ear at precise locations in order to treat disease. It dates back to the time of the classical medical texts of the Nei Ching. Dr.Paul Nogier, a French neurosurgeon, explored Auricular Acupuncture using scientific methods as well as Chinese medical theory which helped bring about new research.

  • Research and experiments conducted in China have added many additional points to the ancient ear model.
  • The ear has ample nerves and blood vessels originating from the much larger supply of nerves and blood vessels of the body.
  • It appears that stimulation of the ear points affects these nerves and blood vessels which have an influence on the body's systems
  • The ear resembles an inverted fetus with the head of the fetus where the ear lobe is located; the spine corresponding to the outer ridge or helix; and the organs located in the concha or the 2 major areas of depression surrounding the ear canal.
  • Auricular acupuncture can be used for prevention and treatment of disease, as well as for acupuncture anesthesia.

Preparing the Patient With Heating Pads

  • Moist heat or a hot pack is wrapped in a towel and placed on the area of disturbance such as low back or shoulder.
  • Heat is an excellent therapeutic tool and very relaxing for the patient.
  • The material inside the pack is composed of a clay-like substance and covered in a stitched canvas, all of which must be kept wet to perform optimally.

INITIAL VISIT

People come to an acupuncturist or herbalist because they are experiencing some health related complaint. This would be called the "main complaint" and could cover a wide range of disorders. The Chinese did not have an instrument to view the body's interior, so they developed methods that could be experienced through their senses and could consistently be recognized to represent a particular condition.

This lead to the development of the FOUR DIAGNOSTIC METHODS:

  • LOOKING
  • LISTENING
  • QUESTIONING
  • PALPATION

The observation of the Tongue and palpation of the Pulse are the pillars of Chinese diagnostics.

LOOKING

The Ancients believed that disease processes inside the body were reflected on it's surface. The color of the skin or lack of color, areas of darkness, rashes, and the radiance of the eyes are taken into consideration. The tongue is observed (so do not brush the coat before your visit) because it has information about the functioning of the digestive system. Things such as fluids and food metabolism, signs of heat or cold and progression of illness can be observed. Does the tongue have a coat or is it without coating? Is it thick or thin ? Does it cover the tongue evenly or is it patchy? What color is the coat?

QUESTIONING/LISTENING

After a past history intake and review, we discuss the present main complaint. Together with information from the tongue and pulse analysis the practitioner asks questions relevant to the patient's condition.

As a part of the questioning we listen to the quality of the voice which tells us about Qi and possible organ energetics.

  • Is their voice weak or strong? Are they whining or shouting?
  • Do they finish every sentence with a laugh? or do they moan the answer to you with great effort?
  • The interview process creates a picture of the dis-ease the patient is experiencing, allowing us to arrive at a diagnosis unique to that person.
  • The first visit usually takes one and a half to two hours.
  • All treatment is done in the privacy of the treatment room.

For those that are not ready for acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine can achieve the same therapeutic effect.

PALPATION

The pulse has greater significance for practitioners of Chinese Medicine than for it's Western counterparts. All of the major organs are represented on the Radial Pulse of both wrists. We feel the pulse for rate,rhythm, depth, width,length, intensity, as well as pliability and wave under the fingers. The Chinese recognize over 28 distinctive pulses. Pulse diagnosis is an art form that requires great time to master.