Traditional Chinese Medicine
Our Well Balanced Practitioners are trained in multiple modalities in addition to acupuncture, each designed to make you better, faster. Below is an explanation of each and how it will help in your recovery.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, healthy means your body is in a state of energy balance. This energy is known as chi or qi. When qi is blocked or stagnates, the body manifests this in many different unhealthy ways, involving both our physical and emotional well being. During acupuncture Eugene OR, thin needles are placed at points of blocked or stagnant qi, bringing the body back into balance.
Your first treatment session begins with an in-depth consultation, with one of our practitioners who specializes in your condition, during which your medical history is gathered. Using this information, a health care plan is created to address your health concerns and other possible concerns uncovered during the consultation. This first session also includes a treatment with acupuncture needles.
In order to restore balance and a healthy energy flow to the body, needles are inserted at specific locations along the body’s meridians. These needles are inserted just deep enough into the skin to keep them from falling out and are left in place for several minutes. This should cause virtually no pain, as your practitioner will be by your side the entire time, guiding you through the experience.
In addition, any of the modalities below can be used as your practitioner deems necessary to impede your recovery.
Custom Herbal Formulas
Herbal medicine is the main treatment method within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM, which encompasses acupuncture, is the world’s oldest, continually practiced professional medicine. Its written history stretches back over 2500 years and its practice is probably much older than that. Although acupuncture was the first Chinese method of treatment to gain wide acceptance in the West, Chinese herbal medicine is quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular and effective alternative therapies in the West.
Chinese herbal medicine treats the full range of human disease. It is used to treat:
Acute diseases – intestinal flu and the common cold.
Chronic diseases – allergies, gynecological disorders, autoimmune diseases, chronic viral diseases, digestion, stress, fatigue, anxiety & depression.
Degenerative diseases (aging) – multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, motor-neuron disease, Huntington’s disease & Dementia.
Pain Management - sports injuries, auto injuries, back & neck pain, carpal tunnel, knee pain, tennis elbow and more.
Chinese herbal medicine is especially good for promoting the body’s ability to heal and recover from illness.
Cupping is an ancient Chinese method of causing local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, blood stasis is formed and localized healing takes place.
Cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open the ‘Meridians’ of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that, when opened, allow invigorating energy to travel the whole length of the body. It has been found that cupping is probably the best way of opening those meridians.
Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to four inches into the tissues, causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, clear colon blockages, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available. Cupping, the technique, is very useful and very safe and can be easily learned and incorporated into your family health practices.
Similar to cupping, gua sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes.The patient experiences immediate relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, and so on. Gua Sha is valuable in the treatment of acute and chronic pain as well as prevention and acute treatment of infectious illness, upper respiratory and digestive problems, and many other acute or chronic disorders.
Electro-Stimulation & Electro-Therapy Point Simulation
Electro-stimulation is used in addition to acupuncture needles to stimulate the nerves in the muscle with electrical impulses. Since they are a natural part of the normal communication between the brain and the muscular system in an uninjured or unaffected body, these natural impulses are simulated and can help “retrain” the muscles to function again.
In conjuction with electro thereapy, a device called the Electro Therapy Point Stimulation (ETPS) is also very effective in treating muscle injuries. This tool was specifically designed to treat pain, increase circulation, relax contracted muscles, decrease nerve pain and release endorphins. More on ETPS can be found here: http://www.ultimatepaintherapy.com/
Ultrasound is often used to provide deep heating to soft tissue structures in the body. Deep heating tendons, muscles or ligaments increases circulation to those tissues, which is thought to help the healing process. Increasing tissue temperature with ultrasound is also used to help decrease pain. Deep heating can be used to increase the “stretchiness” of muscles and tendons that may be tight.
In addition, ultrasound introduces energy into the body. This energy causes microscopic gas bubbles around your tissues to expand and contract rapidly, a process called cavitation. It is theorized that the expansion and contraction of these bubbles help speed cellular processes and improves healing of injured tissue.