What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in China over 5,000 years ago. The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished,though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today. The perspective from which an acupuncturist views health and sickness hinges on the concepts of “vital energy”, “energetic balance”,and “energetic imbalance”. Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupncturist accesses the flow and distribution of this “vital energy” within its pathways, known as “meridians and channels”. The acupuncturist is able to influence health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along the “meridians”. Traditionally fine, slender needles stimulate these areas or “acupoints”.
How does acupuncture work? There are numerous theories about how acupuncture works. Some of them are:
Acupuncture stimulates the release of pain-relieving endorphins
Acupuncture influences the release of neurotransmitters, substances that transmit nerve impulses to the brain
Acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous system
Acupuncture stimulates blood circulation
Clinical Research (NIH) demonstrates that Acupuncture
Stimulates bone regrowth
Regulates blood pressure
Increases red and white blood cell count
How are acupuncturists educated?
Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state.
Is acupuncture safe? Yes! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners, requiring that needles be manufactured and labeled according to certain standards. For example, the FDA requires that needles be sterile, nontoxic, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only. When performed by properly trained and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is safe and effective, free from adverse or addictive side effects. Commonly, a sense of relaxation and well-being come about during and after treatments. While experiencing therapy for one weakness, other imbalances may resolve alongside. This is a common side benefit that again demonstrates the value of balancing the quality and quantity of “vital energy” within the entire person.
What can be treated with acupuncture? Acupuncture treats two different states of being, the disease/illness half and the general well being half. Regular health problems and chronic conditions, for which drug therapy and surgery have not been effective, often benefit from Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine. These include yet are not limited to:
Allergies and Skin Issues:
The second realm of what acupuncture can treat falls under the state of well-being in the individual. The overall well-being of the individual consists of the strength of the “vital energy” and the body’s vulnerability to stress. Tune-ups are done twice a month with patient to strengthen their “vital energy” and decrease their stress levels. The amplification of the “vital energy” will allow fewer imbalances to occur, minimizing the build-up of weak energy that can accumulate and cause a failing of the body’s self defense mechanisms.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years. TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems.
Jilin Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine offers pre-packaged and custom herbal treatment packages. Our custom herbal treatments are specially tailored to the person and his/her particular health needs.
Herbal Remedy Works
We provide an integrated approach to manage your health and wellness. Whether you have a chronic health condition or you want to lose weight, we will address your needs in a one-on-one consultation to improve your health and well-being.
Nutrition and Health
Cupping is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin; it mobilizes blood flow in order to promote healing. Suction is created using heat (fire) or mechanical devices (hand or electrical pumps). Although cupping may sound a little scary it is actually more like a day at the spa and is a very relaxing and beneficial experience.
Ancient Chinese Cupping
Electroacupuncture is similar to traditional acupuncture with the needles being attached to a device that generates continuous mild electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time.
Facial & Cosmetic Acupuncture is a natural approach to reverse the aging process without using harmful chemicals. Cosmetic Acupuncture helps skin look younger, smoother, brighter and uplifted by relaxing muscle tension.
Cosmetic Acupuncture is the perfect solution for individuals who want a natural approach to looking younger while improving their overall health. Acupuncture is safe, natural and does not involve any post treatment down time or embarrassing marks and scars. It is a great choice for actors, models, musicians and other public professionals, who would like a more naturally progressive result and would like to avoid down time.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Special points are selected on the face, scalp and along the hairline to lift and firm. The insertion of tiny needles within wrinkles and lines simulates micro abrasion. Facial Rejuvenation treatments enhance the skin by stimulating elastin and collagen production. Treatments increase the flow of Qi and blood to the face while simultaneously correcting imbalances in the body.HOW
LONG ARE TREATMENTS?
Treatment times vary depending on the individual and their specific goal. Some patients observe results after just a few sessions.
Cosmetic Acupuncture can:
Reduce or Erase Lines & Wrinkles
Reduce Under Eye Puffiness or Bags
Firm the Chin Jowls
Even Skin Tone
Facial & Cosmetic Acupuncture
Qi? Meridians? Energy flow? Let's be honest, all of this sounds a little confusing to those who aren't familiar with Eastern Medicine. We use AcuGraph Meridian testing to SHOW you simply, painlessly, and quickly what is going on inside your body. This effective testing method is included in your free consultation!
AcuGraph Meridian testing
Chinese dietary therapy provides a valuable contribution to healing and balance.
First and foremost, Chinese Medicine has it’s foundation in living in accordance with the seasonal energy; a food which is beneficial in the warmth of summer may have the opposite effect in the cold of winter, and vice versa. This ties into the second principle, that foods carry particular energetics and flavor; cooling, neutral or warming, sour, bitter, pungent, sweet and salty. This confers particular properties to a food; astringing, heat clearing, relaxing, dispersing, moisture generating, descending, tonifying, warming and so on.
Based on your individual diagnosis, certain foods can be recommended to bring balance to your constitution or condition and enhance your acupuncture treatments and herbal prescriptions. For example, a persistent cough in the fall, might be partly attributed to the dryness of this season, which is also the season of metal, which relates to the lung. Patients who have a tendency to metal dryness will benefit from sipping pear juice in fall, which happen to be plentiful at this time of year. The pear flesh is white, the color we relate to the lung, and it’s flavor is sweet, which tonifies earth, which is the mother or generator of metal and the lung, and can therefore support the function of the lung. The difference between apples and pears is that pears have a tougher skin.
The Lung and our skin are related, since the lung is said to govern the skin which is viewed as an extension of this organ system, and in turn, the protection provided by the barrier of the skin protects the lung. Therefore the energy of a pear has a greater influence on the lung versus an apple, even though they might seem similar. On the other hand, pear juice would not benefit a cough with thick mucous in winter, when ginger tea would be more appropriate. This is an example of how Chinese Dietary Therapy can be used to support healing.
Finally, one’s diet can be analyzed according to these principles. For example, dairy is known to carry the energy of cold and damp. Some of us have a constitution that can accommodate this energy, but some of us do not and it’s repeated ingestion can precipitate imbalance and be an obstacle to healing. Lastly, diet gives power to the patient. By educating you on what is beneficial, and what may contribute to imbalance, depending on your individual body type and condition, we can provide you with the information to feed yourself well. This is something you can do for yourself at home, every day.
Your body needs fuel to function and there are positive choices you can make. We help you determine the best fuel for you. This is generally incorporated into a session, though in some instances, nutritional consults may be recommended in order to focus on this aspect of your return to health and balance.
Nutritional Dietary Plans
If you experience occasional headaches, tiredness, aching joints & muscles, unfocused thoughts, and/or digestive problems, you may need a detoxification program.
We offer Detox 360 which is a program that can help renew your sense of well-being. The goal of Detox 360 is to provide dietary and lifestyle recommendations with supportive nutritional formulas, to support health and wellness. It is a multifaceted program that is intended to support the immune, filtering, cleansing, and metabolic systems, as well as much more. The program helps anchor health-supporting habits, so that dietary adjustments can be easy to follow. It can be used as a stand-alone programer in conjunction with the regimen designed by your healthcare professional and can be repeated periodically.
This four week program includes educational DVD's, a manual with easy to use food guides and recipes, daily journals, detailed explanations of sources of toxicity, detox mechanisms, detox supporting lifestyle practices, targeted nutrition, and nutritional and homeopathic products. You are taken through a simple, step-by-step approach with clear explanations of how to complete each week's regimen.