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By inserting needles at specific points, the body's energy system is activated and the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated. Acupuncture and it’s complimentary modalities are a complete system of medicine based on principles which have been used in Asia for thousands of years. YIN AND YANG, QI ADND BLOOD, THE 5 ELEMENTS, FLOW VS. STAGNATION. Applied to human health to asses in a person what's out of balance and to provide helpful, harmless therapy
Trigger Point (Dry) Needling
My first exposure to this kind of needling was in school, 20 years ago. If anything, we called it " Orthopedic Acupuncture" or "Trigger Point Acupuncture" and it is now called "Dry Needling" by those who cannot legally call it acupuncture. In any case, it's an acupuncture needle in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing, releasing myo-facial adhesions so muscles can regain function and a person can resume pain free movement. I've been using it clinically since starting practice in 2004.
Cupping is a method of creating a vacuum on the patient’s skin to dispel stagnation (stagnant blood and lymph), thereby improving Qi and blood flow. Cupping treats respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis. Cupping also is used on the back, neck, shoulders for musculoskeletal conditions.
Moxabustion is a heat therapy used to warm regions and acupuncture points to stimulate circulation through the acupuncture meridians and induce a smoother flow of blood and Qi. Moxibustion is especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems, deficiency, and aging. There are several methods of moxibustion. In direct moxibustion, the moxa is placed on the skin and lit. When noticibly warm, it is removed before the skin can burn. Indirect moxibustion is a cigar made of moxa held near the acupuncture point to heat the skin and the heat intensity is controlled. There is also stick-on moxa and smokeless moxa. SHIATSU Japanese hand pressure therapy. Using Oriental medical theory, points along the Qi meridians are stimulated with pressure and various manipulations to restore and balance energy flow, releasing energy congestion, bringing relief from pain, increase range of motion, and decreasing healing time.
Sotai is physical therapy involving coordinated breathing and body movement to gently bring the muscles and connective tissue back to balance with the skeletal system to restore healthy function. Not long after beginning the study of Chinese Medicine, it became clear I had to learn to use my hands as well as the needles to be effective and I worked on my Shiatsu skills. After graduation in 2004, the Art of Sotai Ho attracted me as a way to effectively find and resolve imbalances in the musculo-skeletal system, helping a person's original blue-print of function to reemerge. Sotai brings about deep balance.
CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE
Safe and effective, Chinese herbology is a complete medical system unto itself. Herbal formulations are used to achieve the same results as acupuncture and manual therapy, to restore the body’s energy to balance so the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is stimulated.
Since the invention of the hypodermic needle, physicians have researched where and what to inject. 5 states allow Acupuncturists to perform Injection Therapy, Bio-puncture, or Aquapuncture, "The introduction of liquid, therapeutic agents into acupuncture points, myofacial pain points, connective tissue, etc." Many therapeutic substances are in our scope of practice such as vitamins, saline, and homeopathic remedies. I count myself as a patient and have had many years of successful case.
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QiGong integrates mind and body with breath, movement, and imagery to balance our energy through conscious meditation. Qigong practice improves energy, mood, and well being as well as effecting specific conditions like; fertility, sleep, healing, digestion, and immune function.