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 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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ACUPUNCTURE AND WINTER: THE SEASON OF STILLNESS: THE ELEMENT OF WATER

ACUPUNCTURE AND WINTER: THE SEASON OF STILLNESS: THE ELEMENT OF WATER

DR. SCOTT GREENAPPLE

In winter, nature seems to be at rest.

In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the element associated with winter is water and the two meridians and organs related to the water element are the kidneys and the bladder.  The kidneys and the bladder control water metabolism and maintain homeostasis.  Earth is made up of 75% water, and approximately 60% of our body weight is water.

With aging, we tend to lose water.

Our bodies become less flexible. Our skin loses its elasticity, and bones become more brittle as does our hair, even our minds become less flexible.  With TCM, we have many physical, mental and nutritional tools to help restore and replenish the water we lose.

The emotion that is attached to the winter or water element is fear. 

Fear can actually have some benefits as an emotion.  It can lead us to the direction of taking action and having the courage to overcome things we may be afraid of facing. Of course, fear can have some negative impacts if the emotion is not balanced.  Fear leads to an increase in adrenaline, an increase in heart rate and can tighten our muscles.

In western medicine the kidney’s control and stabilize blood pressure, filter and eliminate fluid waste.

In Eastern medicine, the kidneys control the teeth, bones and bone marrow. In Chinese medicine, it is thought the brain, and spinal cord are extensions of the bone marrow.  The kidney’s rule the skeletal muscle and function, and help with the purpose of memory and intellectual reasoning.  The kidney’s store our “Jing,” think of Jing as the “essence or vital energy” that is inside of us.  It creates the ignition switch for our body, mind, and spirit.   

When out of balance, water stagnates.

Your body can fill with toxins that can affect your mind and body. With things like depression, fatigue and you may experience difficulty adapting to new experiences or environments.  Classic symptoms of imbalance can present as:

  • Low back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Urinary retention
  • Sexual problems – Vaginal dryness and premature ejaculation
  • Anxiety or fear
  • High blood pressure
  • Occipital Headaches
  • Resistance to change

Winter is the time for internal work. 

The time to gather strength, repair and replenish your physical and mental being.  Go to bed early and wait for the sun to come up before rising.

Eat warming foods. Soups, cooked vegetables, squash, peas, beans, root vegetables such as potatoes, garlic, and carrots. Surround yourself with warming colors, candles and curl up next to the fire.

Acupuncture, chiropractic care, diet, and exercise can help you achieve balance during the winter and water element. Think of the kidneys and bladder as lubricating your body and add movements and exercise such as Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Yoga. Mindful meditation and Qi Gong can help with quieting the mind and creating balance with your emotions and mental status.