The practice of acupuncture
The practice of acupuncture is just one of the integrated modalities of treatment in TCM and our practice at Palm Beach Acupuncture. This practice which has maintained popularity over thousands of years, establishes Meridians as pathways linking acupuncture points that roughly correspond to the dermatomes and myotomes in neurology, as well as the patterns of referred pain from organ pathology familiar to the medical community.
When these points are stimulated with needle insertion, a cascade effect is set in motion which influences various systems including but not limited to the nervous system, the endocrine system and the immune system to attain the desired regulation and restoration of optimal function.
Similar to a sprinkler system to a garden, the body is constantly working very efficiently to supply the right amount of water, blood, and different nutrients to cells across the body. It is in the obstruction of this supply from injury or dysfunction of any of the systems within our bodies that the origin of dis-ease, pain or illness originates from.
Cupping is a technique that uses small glass cups as suction devices that are placed on the skin creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. The skin is raised, or suctioned, into the cup. Cupping increases the blood flow to sore areas in muscles, providing important nutrients to the area that promote recovery of optimal functioning and overall wellness. Depending on the condition we are treating, cupping can be combined with acupuncture in one treatment, or it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage circulation, and harmonize the nervous system.
Cupping is use to relieve back, shoulder and neck pain, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and to relieves high blood pressure, among other things.
Acupuncture Point Injection Therapy is the injection of saline, homeopathic substances, vitamins, or Chinese herbs into acupuncture points or trigger points to help with chronic pain management, muscle spasm, inflammation, arthritis, fatigue, and vitamin deficiency.
The injection of saline or other remedies improves the quality of the interstitial fluid allowing nutrient and waste product transfer between the cells and bloodstream.
Chinese herbal medicine is an integral part of treatment as it is a powerful complement to acupuncture, providing a synergistic healing effect that will help you achieve your health goals faster.
Chinese herbs are used to support the body’s own abilities to strengthen the immune system and heal.
Moxa therapy involves the placement moxa on top of herbal liquid which is lit on fire in order to steam the herbs into the body. The Mugwort plant has components that are known to help regulate the immune system, stop pain and spasm.
The heating has an effect to stimulate the body’s sensory nerve cells.
Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to create a therapeutic response.
Raising sha removes blood stagnation. Modern research shows the therapeutic response is anti-inflammatory and produces an immune-protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc.