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ACUPUNCTURE

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

PULSE DIAGNOSIS

Conditions Acupuncture can help:

The National Institute of Health (NIH) released a list in 1997 and the World Health Organization (WHO) summarized the list of conditions that acupuncture can benefit.

Dental
Dental pain (NIH), Temporo-mandibular joint dysfunction

Head/Ear/Eye/Nose/Throat
Allergic rhinitis (incl. hay fever), Earache, Epistaxis (nosebleed), Eye pain due to subconjunctival infection, Meniere’s disease, Sjogren’s syndrome, Sore throat (incl. tonsillitis)

Infectious Diseases
Acute bacillary dysentery, Epidemic haemorrhagic fever, Hepatitis B virus carrier status, Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpes virus 3), Whooping cough (pertussis)

Immunological
Rheumatoid arthritis

Internal Medicine
Biliary colic, Abdominal pain (incl. peptic ulcer disease, gastritis, gastrospasm), Hypertension, Essential Hypotension, Nausea & vomiting, Leukopenia, Renal colic, Bronchial asthma (NIH), Cardiac neurosis, Cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Diabetes mellitus (non-insulin dependent), Gastrokinetic disturbance, Hyperlipaemia, Ulcerative colitis

OB-GYN
Menstrual cramps (NIH only), Labor induction, Malposition of fetus, Morning sickness/pregnancy nausea (NIH), Female infertility, Hypo-ovarianism, Labour pain, Lactation deficiency, Polycystic ovary syndrome, Premenstrual syndrome

Oncology
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, incl. nausea & vomiting, Cancer pain

Neurology, Orthopedics & Physical Medicine
Facial pain and spasm, Fascitis, Myofascial pain, Fibromyalgia (NIH), Headache (NIH) Knee pain, Low back pain (NIH), Neck pain, Periarthritis of Shoulder (Frozen Shoulder), Post-operative pain, Sciatica, Sprain, Tennis elbow or epicondylitis (NIH), Bell’s palsy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (NIH only), Craniocerebral injury, closed Osteo- and Gouty arthritis (NIH), Radicular and pseudoradicular pain, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Spine pain, acute Stiff neck, Stroke rehabilitation (NIH only), Tietze’s syndrome, Tourette’s syndrome

Psychiatry
Depression (incl. depressive neurosis, and post-stroke), Competition stress syndrome, Schizophrenia

Addiction (NIH)
Alcohol dependence & detox, Opium, cocaine, and heroin dependence, Tobacco dependence

Dermatology
Acne vulgaris, Neurodermatitis (Lichen simplex), Pruritis (Skin itching)

Genito-urinary
Female urethral syndrome,Male sexual dysfunction, Prostatitis, Recurrent lower urinary tract infection, Retention of urine, Traumatic urolithiasis

Pediatrics
Post-extubation in children

Vascular
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans, Raynaud’s syndrome, primary Vascular dementia
Miscellaneous Obesity, Pain due to endoscopic examination, Post-operative convalescence, Sialism (drug-induced)

Cupping Therapy

A flame is applied to the inside of small glass jars to create a vacuum inside the jar. These jars are applied over acupuncture points or on energetic meridian pathways. The vacuum lifts up the skin area inside the jar like a negative pressure massage. This soothing technique is often used after acupuncture to improve circulation and break up blockages that are the cause of pain and functional imbalances.  It is also effective as a stand-alone therapy.

Moxibustion Therapy

The burning of dried mugwort herb (Artemisia vulgaris) to warm acupuncture points is called moxibustion. The heat generated from moxibustion improves the circulation of Qi-energy and blood to alleviate pain and to correct disorders caused by “cold pathogens”. A rolled up piece of mugwort can be attached to the handle shaft of an inserted acupuncture needle to combine acupuncture therapy with moxibustion therapy.This therapy is best suited for weaker patients and especially elderly patients that complain of cold body and joints.

GuaSha Therapy

Gua means scrape, Sha means skin reaction. Therefore GuaSha is a therapy where the surface of the skin is scraped to cause a reaction of the skin. A lubricating cream is first applied over a selected area such as the upper back. A small flat tool is then used to scrape the surface of the skin. The scraping causes the skin to become intensely red, which serves to improve local circulation and release “heat pathogens” from the body. This therapy is especially effective in strengthening the immune system to fight the flu and its associated neck/shoulder pain.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Therapy is based on classical Chinese herbal medicine that has been practiced safely and effectively since the Han Dynasty for around 2000 years.
An herbalist can determine disorders in the body by carefully observing the patient’s tongue and face for signs that the body reveals when it is sick. He will also take a detailed assessment of each patient’s pulse (taken from the wrist) and abdomen to determine imbalances between Qi-energy, blood, and other energies such as yin and yang in different organ systems within the body.

A customized herbal formulation made up of a cocktail of different single herbs will be created for each patient’s personal condition to relieve unpleasant symptoms and correct root causes of their disease. Herbal formulations can be prepared for patients in traditional raw form. Raw herbs are boiled in water to extract its active ingredients into a medicinal tea. Should patients lack the time to cook the herbs, they are also available in convenient pre-extracted granule form that can be dissolved in hot water then taken as instructed.

TUINA Massage Therapy

In Oriental medicine, emphasis is on applying massage and stretching techniques to acupuncture points and energy pathways to remove blockages that are impeding musculoskeletal function.

A special type of tendino-muscular pathway is accessed in bodywork therapy that is different from the Qi-energy pathways used in acupuncture therapy.

This Chinese form of bodywork therapy uses traditional massage techniques such as kneading, rubbing, rolling with special passive joint mobilization techniques to help improve the range of motion of injured muscles, ligaments and joints.   Children respond especially well to TuiNa therapy, making it the preferred form of therapy to treat organ disorders by pediatricians in China.