Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Oriental Medicine is known by various different names, depending on the specific tradition it stems from. This medicine is well over 2,000 years old and has influence from many east Asian cultures. Eagle Peak Healing Arts Center most specifically utilizes a form known as Traditional Japanese Medicine (TJM). This is to say that there is an emphasis upon touch, refined/gentle needling technique, and a focus on traditional theory from the historical Chinese classics. To avoid going further in-depth with semantics, oriental medicine focuses upon the whole of a person, taking into account the total sum of the state of health and does not just focus on one symptom. Emphasis is placed on checking the state of Qi (Chee) within the meridian system that flows throughout the body. Qualities of deficiency or excess (or emptiness or fullness) is assessed and treated accordingly. Symptoms are regarded but only within context of the overall state of being. This is known as “pattern treating” or “constitutional treatment”, what this allows is an overall improvement of the body system as a whole. Often by addressing only the constitution many symptoms will improve and future dis-ease can be avoided. This unique approach to health allows treatments to be very flexible and it’s application wide ranging.
Acupuncture is aimed at increasing the flow of Qi throughout the body. By increasing this flow, pain and other elements of dis-ease can subside. Acupuncture is the application of fine needles into specific areas on the body along pathways known as meridians. It is gentle, painless, and comfortable, so much so that patients often fall asleep during a treatment. Needles can range from round metal objects that are used only to rub the surface of the skin to pointed filiform needles that are used to pierce into the deeper layers, these are classically known as the 9 needle types. The depth of a needle insertion in a normal application the range is 1mm-3mm and the gauge of the needles are no thicker than a hair on the scalp. Again, please do not be turned off by the term”needle”, this often conjures up experiences had from the use of hypodermic needles that are injecting or removing substances from the body. This is not at all what an acupuncture needle is like. If your’re afraid of needles David is who you want to see for acupuncture. This experience may surprise you!
Moxibustion (Moxa) is a type of heat therapy that uses an herb commonly known as Mugwort (Artimesia Vulgarus). It is thought by some to even predate the use of acupuncture. Regardless of this fact, Moxa has be synonymous with the use of Acupuncture so much that even the character for acupuncture eludes to the use of this heat therapy. The applications for moxa can vary widely, and there are more than 9 different techniques that can be employed. People often experience very nice sensations of warmth and find it to be very enjoyable. It has been shown that the effect of moxa can be detected in the blood for up to even a week after a treatment. At Eagle Peak Healing Arts Center Moxibustion is used often in treatment as its benefits are great.
OTHER CONCURRENT THERAPIES
Along side Acupuncture and Moxibustion there are a variety of other techniques that can be used within a treatment. Shiatsu/ Tui Na is an application of various massage techniques that are applied to the meridians, or specific acupuncture points or even simply various muscle groups. In addition to this, techniques such as cupping, gua sha, qigong exercises, and life style and dietary adjustments are utilized. It is important that the entire structure of life be addressed when aiming to attain better health. Also Chinese Herbal medicinal formulas may be utilized in some cases to speed up the recovery process, however emphasis at this clinic lies in the acupuncture treatments themselves.
To experience what Traditional Japanese Medicine can offer you