Acupuncture is a system of healing which began when the
ancient Chinese found that stimulating certain areas of the skin affected
the functioning of specific organs of the body. The system evolved over
the centuries as practitioners gained a better understanding of the
connection between the skin and the organs and they refined their methods
In the West, acupuncture has been publicized as being
helpful only for specific conditions; for example, pain or weight loss. In
reality, acupuncture is based on stimulating the body's own healing
response and, therefore, it may be effective for a broad spectrum of
conditions. It is important to note that while most acupuncturist practice
"spiritual" aspects of the art that is not condoned by myself, nor
Biblical principles, the physiological aspects remain and do hold truths.
Consequently, I have provided this information for your reading and
DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT
Classical (5 Element) Acupuncture begins with a diagnosis
of the individual's energy imbalance. The vital Chi energy of the body,
mind and spirit is distributed through 12 pathways called Meridians. Each
meridian is associated with an organ or function. Pulses located on the
wrists relate to each of the 12 functions and reveal the state of energy
in each meridian or organ. Chronic over- or under-activity of any of these
pathways will cause the organ to work less efficiently, resulting in
The acupuncturist re-establishes the balance of energy
within the individual by inserting very fine stainless steel needles into
acupuncture points along the meridians.
The acupuncturist may also use Moxibustion, or the
application of warmth.
FOR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT?
Many people come to acupuncture to alleviate a specific
symptom or condition, for example:
- Circulatory problems
- Menstrual problems
- High blood pressure
- Skin Conditions
- Back pain
The effect of good acupuncture, however, is
more than simply curing the symptom. Acupuncture directed at restoring the
overall energy balance not only deals with the condition, but helps the
patient feel better by promoting increased vitality, greater enjoyment of
life, greater confidence, better sleep and normalized appetite.
By preventing deterioration in the balance of energy,
which usually precedes the appearance of symptoms, classical acupuncture
is also a preventative treatment - aimed at maintaining health on all
For your initial examination, allow of least 2 hours for
the visit. It is important to gather information: 1) on your symptoms, the
history and treatment to date; 2) your medical and family history; 3) the
behavior of your various systems, f or example, how you sleep, whether or
not your digestion is good; and 4) your physical condition.
You may come weekly to begin with and then, less often as
you improve, Your rate of improvement relates more to individual
differences than to the label of the complaint.
RESPONSES TO TREATMENT
Each individual is unique, so the response to treatment
varies from person to person. Often people initially improve in overall
health followed by improvement in the main complaint. Others notice
immediate improvement in their main complaint. Some feel re-vitalized
mentally or physically, while for others, the changes are subtle and are
noticed in retrospect. How long a condition has been present is also
important in determining how quickly the patient is likely to improve.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR SMOKING AND WEIGHT LOSS
Classical Acupuncture treats the person as a whole.
Treatment merely to stop smoking or to lose weight quickly is a temporary
measure. These conditions are indications of overall problems and are
treated accordingly. The goal is to determine the cause of the symptom,
and to treat it at its source.
NEEDLES ... DOES IT
Only the finest quality stainless steel pre-sterilized,
individually packaged needles are use. All needles are promptly discarded
in proper biohazard containers.
Acupuncture needles are solid and much finer than those
used for injections or drawing blood. Typically only a slight prick is
felt at first, then there is another sensation often described as dull
ache when the needle reaches the acupuncture point. The sensation is
generally acceptable and lasts only 1 or 2 seconds.
MEDICINE AND FIVE ELEMENTS
Chinese philosophy, art, science and culture are based
upon the principles of Yin and Yang. Yin represents earth, dark,
nurturing, female; Yang represents sky, light, male. Within each of us
lies the balance between those two forces. The energy within us, around
us, and encompassing all things, is called Chi (chee). When we are in
balance, the chi can flow smoothly, maintaining our health, our sense of
joy, and our spirit.
Yin and Yang contain five "elements" of Nature as
reflected in our bodies.
- WATER fluid metabolism and neurological body systems
- WOOD structural
growth and repair systems
- FIRE energy of
consciousness and circulation- heart energy and relationships
- EARTH digestive and
blood building systems.
- METAL lung, air,
inspiration, and minerals.
External events and environment create stresses within
each of us from an early age; this weakens, blocks, and alters the f low
of Chi. The physical symptoms that we experience manifest themselves long
after the energy of the body has become out-of -balance.
Five Element Acupuncture is meant to reatore the balance
and strength of each of the elements, thereby cultivating wellness at the
It is my personal belief that while Yin and Yang in
Chinese theory represent these factors, as a Christian, it goes back to
the fact that ALL things are not flesh and blood. Meaning that when
physiological aspects are out of balance, your spirit is effected, thus
permitting wrong spirits to be inadvertently entertained, thus, you are
out of balance with Gods plan and purpose for your health. By following
the guidance of the Holy Spirit and nurturing your spiritual life through
meditating on Gods written and inspired Word (in contrast to Tai Chi,
Yoga, etc.) , in addition to the benefits of acupuncture, it is possible
to achieve harmony in these areas.