What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a safe, effective natural medical treatment that originates in ancient China. It is the main technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine which traditionally has included the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine. There are many styles of acupuncture used throughout Asia but all Asian countries share this wonderful technique based on the same intricate medical theory.
Solid needles are shallowly inserted into acupuncture points on the skin. The needles are sterile, only used once, and then go into medical waste. Stimulating these acupuncture points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through the channels of the meridians of the body. Activating and directing the qi stimulates the recuperative powers of the body and enhances the bodies innate ability to return to balance.
Qi is the vital energy that flows throughout the body to nourish and vitalize our inner landscape: our organs, tissues, fascia, glands, and fluids. When our qi is strong and moving correctly, we radiate health and vitality. We feel energetic, our eyes are clear, our minds are clear and calm. Qi is the vital energy force that is in everything living. We can see and feel qi all around us. Think of a healthy beautiful plant versus a sick one. The healthy plant obviously has stronger, more balanced qi than the plant that is sick and struggling.
Chinese Medicine address the symptoms of your illness and the root cause as well. Most people are aware that acupuncture is highly effective for pain relief, but it is also, a complete medical system that successfully treats both acute and chronic illness. It can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies. Acupuncture not only treats illness, but prevents it as well. By strengthening our vital qi, it brings our body into balance and enhances our wellness. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect on the body. Regular and consistent acupuncture sessions work to incrementally bring your body to a strong and vital place.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
One of the main questions we always get is “Will it hurt? “ And “What does it feel like? “ The Acupuncture needles are very small, just a bit larger than a human hair. They are inserted very shallowly (1/8” – 1.5 “) .The sensations can range from a “dull ache” to “electric” to feeling a slight prick or absolutely no sensation. What people feel may has to do with their degree of sensitivity or their current physical condition. Many people worry about how the needles will feel because they are equating them with a hypodermic needle. Acupuncture needles are never inserted into veins or nerves. The sensation is unique and very few people experience it as painful.
How is my Acupuncturist Educated?
Acupuncturists attend four years of schooling at nationally certified graduate programs. Here they learn the medical theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal formulation, and the modalities of Cupping, Moxa, and Tuina. Acupuncturists are required to pass a national exam (NCCAOM) and to meet the guidelines of the state they choose to practice in . Here in Texas, Acupuncture is licensed by the Texas Medical Board.
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture are synergistic therapeutic modalities that are often used together. These modalities are safe, effective ways to improve ones health over the long term. While many treatments help us feel good for the short term, the use of classical Chinese Herbal medicine can help us get to the deepest root of our illness. Although the Chinese Pharmacopeia is made up of about many herbs, at Jade we stock a medicinary of about 120 herbs of the highest quality we can attain. We confidently use these herbs to make formulas specific to each of our patients.
How we know where to start when putting your formula together comes from our skilled diagnostic methods: taking your pulse, palpating your abdomen, sometimes looking at your tongue, as well as listening to what you tell us about your body.
An effective formula is put together according to the principles of classical combining. The formulas we put together are rooted in the classical literature of Chinese Medicine and are often modified to work specifically with the bodies complex presentation.
Often Chinese herbs are taken for a period of several months to get to the root of the problem. The formula is changed weekly or monthly depending on what the body tells us (via the pulse and abdomen).
Herbs may be prescribed in many forms. The ideal is to get the most palatable form for the patient and the correct dose that the body will accept. There are teas, granules, tinctures, capsules and pills. Here at Jade we most often will suggest a tea from granules. This allows us to create and mix the formula specifically to your needs. When prescribed skillfully and correctly, Chinese Herbal Medicine rarely causes any side effects. Whether your condition is acute or chronic, Chinese herbs have the capacity to get to the root of most medical conditions and imbalances.