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Acupuncture

This is a beautiful art and medicine passed down from emperors in ancient China and used as complimentary medicine today to treat any kind of medical issue.  Acupuncture is used for a wide variety of symptoms and dis-ease and compliments many medical professions, diagnoses and specialties.

Acupuncture uses the insertion of tiny needles at specific points on energy pathways (meridians) within the body to influence the flow of chi (prana), (the healing force of nature) to elicit a systemic healing response in the body.

The point itself is surrounded by vascular, lymphatic, and nervous tissue connected to other energy pathways, organs and tissues.

Puncturing the skin at these strategic sites keeps treatment working and flowing over several days afterward. The body creates an increased immune response to heal and repair the microscopic tear that is opening up the pathway of energy, part of its long lasting side effects to keep building with more acupuncture.

The needles are so tiny you that they only really feel like a mosquito bite at their worst, or a dull sensation.

After one or two pins have been placed, there is already a sweeping feeling of deep relaxation and restoration, mimicking the deepest states of brain-wave chemistry in which there is an awareness but all of the body is, at least motor-wise, very still (meaning no movement- because the application of the pins is just THAT relaxing!!!).

There is very little to no risks or side effects, making it a very popular healing modality for a wide variety of symptoms.

People experience varied sensations and like their whole body is circulating, feeling heavy, light, calm, and energized.

 

Acupuncture : the most productive clinical nap since 2000 BCE.

 

 

To see me in at the community acupuncture clinic at OurSpace Acupuncture in Silver Spring, please click here. Come often, pay what you can.

 

 

What is chi? Explained here.

 

The Following Are Modalities For Private One-on-One Scheduled Sessions (email [email protected] to schedule):

 

Acupressure


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This is like acupuncture in that the points are in the same places on the body, but touch is used instead of needles into the skin. Acupressure has many therapeutic effects and can be used safely and effectively anytime and anywhere. The points in an acupuncture treatment can be massaged at home to help prolong the healing affects of treatment. The effects of acupressure do create a change in the pulses (the pulses are how I gauge of the effects in treatment), although not as long lasting as the needle insertion methods. I often give acupressure points as quick fix Rx fixes.

 


Moxibustion

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This is a technique used with mugwort herb on an acupuncture point to improve the circulation of chi and blood in the meridian. Especially if a patient complains of feeling cold, experiences cold limbs or extremities, poor nutrition or is otherwise very blood deficient, this is a great way to bring the chi to the surface to be moved.

Small cones are placed over the point in succession, lit to smolder and bring warmth to the point and the meridian.

The cone is removed once the patient feels the sensation of heat. As more chi becomes available and responsive within the meridian flow. Then the acupuncture point can also be needled after moxibustion has been applied.

Random fact: Moxibustion was invented in ancient China before the invention of acupuncture needles. Mugwort herb is considered a sacred herb in many shamanic circles.

 

Cupping

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This is one of the most ancient techniques known to man for healing any number of symptoms. Using glass (or sometimes plastic) round cups, a flame is lighted inside the cup to create a vacuum of oxygen which then creates a powerful suction when applied to the surface of the skin. Cupping is most popular on the back, although can be used anywhere on the body, especially with pain.

Cupping improves lymph and vascular circulation of the fluids and blood, moving stagnation and impurities at the deepest levels of tissue in the body, including in the organs, up to four inches under the skin.

After cupping it’s important to cover and protect the area from the sun and draft. Although it has a bruise appearance, the result is just a light sensitivity in that area for a couple of days afterwards.

 

Gua Sha
This is a lot like cupping, although instead of using cups, it is a flat rounded utensil used in a scraping motion on the shoulders and back.  Using a little massage oil, the utensil is scraped repeatedly until the desired effects appear on the surface of the skin, clearing the pathogen. Indicated for general muscle tightness, soreness, and sudden onset of a head-cold.

 

Zero-Balancing

This was invented by acupuncturist and osteopath Fritz Smith as a form of body work which creates fulcrums at major articulations of the joints to release structural patterns of tension. The idea is once alignment is created at the densest layer, being that the bones, the muscles will follow suite.

What’s known as the ‘half moon vector’ involves placing a series of fulcrums at the nape of the neck, the ribs, hips, knees and ankles to elongate and reset the structure of the body. Usually after a treatment, these slight adjustments create a channel of energy for the optimum movement of chi. It’s like pressing ‘reset’ on the skeletal system.

 

 

Diagnosis and prognosis is based on the individual, their medical history, lifestyle or energetic blocks, and the frequency of their visits!

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