Acupuncture & Herbs

Acupuncture, Herbs and Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous tested tradition that has spanned more than 3000 years. In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, the ancient oriental physicians discovered through rigorous observation a system of cyclic energy flowing in the body.

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Chinese Herbology is the most widely used herbal system in the world.

They were able to access this energy, called Qi, through places on the surface of the body that we now call acupuncture points. They are connected together by pathways of energy called meridians or channels. Disease is considered to arise from imbalances in the meridians or the organs to which these meridians are connected. Needling or heating the body at acupuncture points can stimulate the body’s natural healing ability and help bring it back into balance.

Modern science has studied acupuncture and found that needles can activate areas of the brain, release endorphins and stimulate hormone regulation. Not all is known but studies continue. Be assured that acupuncture is a time-tested and safe technique that has helped millions of people.

Chinese herbology is also an ancient and sophisticated system. Herbs are usually prescribed in formulas that combine a number of herbs matched to the patients disharmony and constitution. A highly effective approach, Chinese herbology is the most widely used system in the world.

Just a few of the many benefits of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:

  • chamomile herbal medicinedrug free pain management,
  • faster rehabilitation from injuries,
  • vibrant, healthy skin,
  • improved emotional stability,
  • relief from constipation, indigestion, acid reflux and diarrhea,
  • regulation of the menses,
  • relief from menstrual pain,
  • improved fertility,
  • relief of menopausal symptoms,
  • insomnia relief,
  • increase in energy, and
  • immune system enhancement.

Acupuncture Point (Acupoint) Injection Therapy

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Jill has recently added this important therapy to her range of treatment options. Acupoint Injection Therapy (AIT) is the procedure of injecting sterile solution into acupoint locations. Common solutions include vitamins, minerals, homeopathic compounds and analgesics such as lidocaine or procaine, or sterile saline. This practice was first recorded in the early 1940s in China and in the 1950s in Germany. The injection of local analgesics including lidocaine and procaine as Neural Therapy may be used for pain management.

About 85% of acupoints correspond with nerve bundles that penetrate the fascia (the tissue that surrounds muscles and organs) and about 80% are on or very close to the nerve bundles that are surrounded by major blood vessels (nervi vasorum). Fluids injected at these locations are absorbed by the surrounding tissues gradually over the following 24 to 48 hours. During that time, there is increased pressure on the nerve bundles, causing the therapeutic effect. One study showed that AIT can be 100 times more powerful than acupuncture alone due to the prolonged stimulation of the acupuncture point.

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