Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine is a complete medical system designed to treat disease and promote health and longevity. With nearly one third of all people worldwide using traditional Chinese medicine as primary care, it is one of the most widely used health systems in the world.

Acupuncture uses tiny, sterile, single use needles that are inserted gently into various points on the body to facilitate the flow of energy along energetic pathways called meridians. The movement of the body’s energy (Qi) allows healing to take place. If the pathways are blocked or are stagnant, symptoms like pain and possible disease processes can take place. It is the goal of Acupuncture to remove the blockage and help the body maintain a balanced state that will result in overall health and wellness. It is believed that acupuncture can help regulate the nervous system which affects brain chemistry through the release of neurotransmitters and possibly regulate hormones.

During a painless acupuncture treatment, the body becomes calm and the mind rests, giving the body time to re-boot and heal from the stressors and challenges of life.

We use a Computerized Acugraph Digital Meridian Imaging System to analyze and document the energetic status of your acupuncture meridians.  You will receive this computerized examination and given your results with a print out.  I like to think of this as an MRI or Xray of your energetics, ancient wisdom meets cutting-edge technology. With this information, we can make better informed decisions about your condition and provide the best treatment possible.  We also do traditional tongue diagnosis and palpation as part of your exam.

Based on the findings, you will be treated possibly with acupuncture, percussive vibration therapy, cupping, Gua sha (think scrapping or Graston), non-needle acupuncture with micro-current, laser, infra-red heat, auricular (ear acupuncture) with micro-current or laser, neuropuncture, dry needing or a combination of some or all of the above. We use the gentlest of techniques to ensure that anyone can receive the best eastern care no matter their level of comfort.

We use the latest technology of computerized graphing with an Acupgraph to map out your meridians and diagnose your particular health so each treatment is customized for your particular issues.

The benefits of acupuncture can extend to a wide variety of conditions including but not limited to the following: Anxiety, stress, depression, digestive complaints, and pain syndromes from an injury like sports or chronic degenerative diseases such as arthritis, neurological problems, asthma, sinusitis, gynecological issues, fatigue and general wellness.

Multiple studies are showing results for migraine headaches, low back pain and helping patients deal with pain and emotional conditions related to cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy. It has also been demonstrated to show clinical success in achieving pregnancy when combined and used in conjunction with in-vitro fertilization.

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Springtime Detox to Enhance Your Immune System

Dr. Scott Greenapple

In theories of acupuncture, humans are looked at as part of the natural world that surrounds them.

Seasons change and during this transition from one season to another, it is important to stay balanced with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Each season is linked with an organ system in the body. Spring season is also known as the Wood element in TCM. Spring is the Liver and Gall bladder organ and meridian. Spring is when the liver should thrive. However, during transition, or early spring, the liver can get out of whack or out of harmony and become vulnerable.

Acupuncture improves the function of the liver meridian and can restore balance to the organs.

According to TCM, the liver is responsible for smooth flowing Qi (chi) or energy through the body. The liver and gall bladder meridians govern the muscles, tendons, and nerves in the body. The liver also controls the eyes.

According to the five elements of TCM, seasons and change of season correspond to the flow of energy and the balance of Yin and Yang. Spring or the Wood element and the liver/gall bladder meridian go hand in hand. This is an ideal time for cleaning, harmony and rejuvenation.

Here are some signs that your liver/gall bladder meridian may be out of balance this time of year.

  1. You feel extra tense. The liver meridian controls the flow of energy. If the energy is not moving, things like emotional stress and the posture of your body can get disturbed.
  2. Muscle stiffness, aches and pains, headaches, menstrual cramps can seem worse than usual. The liver/gall bladder nourishes the tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. You may notice increased stiffness and tension now or in the coming weeks. This is known as stagnation in TCM.
  3. Irritable, frustrated, and tense. Each organ has an emotion attached to it, and the liver’s emotion is anger.
  4. Eyes, dry eyes, fatigued eyes are a sign of liver imbalance.
  5. Digestion is off. Digestion is dependent on the smooth flow of qi or energy.
  6.  

Choose to be joyful by cultivating a spirit of Gratitude.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the emotion that contributes to the stagnation of the liver is anger, especially repressed anger.

Emotions that can help free the liver are compassion, forgiveness, and non-judgment, towards yourself and others.

Things to do for Liver/Gall bladder Qi Stagnation

  1. Move your Qi. Get outside and move. Exercise, walk, run, bike, etc.
  2. Eat Greens: Green is the color associated with the liver meridian. Eat fresh, leafy vegetables. Chlorophyll, the pigment for green is known to strengthen your liver and exhibit antioxidant properties. Include dark greens like spinach, parsley, green beans, green peppers, sprouts, peas, broccoli, asparagus, cucumbers, green apples, melons, and kiwi.
  3. The taste associated with the liver is sour. Sour strengthens the liver qi. Add lemon to your water, use olive oils in your cooking and salad dressings.
  4. Stretch. Try some Qi Gong, yoga, tai chi, or any movement patterns.
  5. Eye exercise. Take breaks from the T.V. and computer.
  6. Detox the liver. Many herbs can help including milk thistle tea and dandelions and apple cider vinegar.
  7. GET ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT, Or, QI GONG (Acupuncture without needles/movement meditation). I always recommend that any time there is a change in season to come in for 1-2 treatments to balance your meridians. Each season change has specific points as well as your own specific constitutional points to use for balance. Acupuncture treatment in spring can help your muscles, tendons, fascia and connective tissue. Acupuncture and spring specific treatment can also help your emotional wellbeing by balancing your stress, anger, frustrations, and insomnia. Seasonal acupuncture treatments can help tone your meridians and organs and balance minor issues before they become serious problems.

Choose to be joyful by cultivating a spirit of Gratitude.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the emotion that contributes to the stagnation of the liver is anger, especially repressed anger.

Emotions that can help free the liver are compassion, forgiveness, and non-judgment, towards yourself and others.

Things to do for Liver/Gall bladder Qi Stagnation

  1. Move your Qi. Get outside and move. Exercise, walk, run, bike, etc.
  2. Eat Greens: Green is the color associated with the liver meridian. Eat fresh, leafy vegetables. Chlorophyll, the pigment for green is known to strengthen your liver and exhibit antioxidant properties. Include dark greens like spinach, parsley, green beans, green peppers, sprouts, peas, broccoli, asparagus, cucumbers, green apples, melons, and kiwi.
  3. The taste associated with the liver is sour. Sour strengthens the liver qi. Add lemon to your water, use olive oils in your cooking and salad dressings.
  4. Stretch. Try some Qi Gong, yoga, tai chi, or any movement patterns.
  5. Eye exercise. Take breaks from the T.V. and computer.
  6. Detox the liver. Many herbs can help including milk thistle tea and dandelions and apple cider vinegar.
  7. GET ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT, Or, QI GONG (Acupuncture without needles/movement meditation). I always recommend that any time there is a change in season to come in for 1-2 treatments to balance your meridians. Each season change has specific points as well as your own specific constitutional points to use for balance. Acupuncture treatment in spring can help your muscles, tendons, fascia, and connective tissue. Acupuncture and spring specific treatment can also help your emotional wellbeing by balancing your stress, anger, frustrations, and insomnia. Seasonal acupuncture treatments can help tone your meridians and organs and balance minor issues before they become serious problems.
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