Chinese Acupuncture

Chinese Acupuncture and Medicine

Chinese acupuncture is one method in the ancient Chinese medicine of treating and healing along with message techniques, local heating (Moxibustion) and medicinal herbs.
The earliest book about Chinese acupuncture – Hungdi Neijing Su We – was written in 200 BC.
Chinese acupuncture is applied with disposable needles, hair thin, which are inserted into specific points along the meridians. Ancient doctors drew a map of energy channels called meridians, and mapped them into the twelve most important internal organs: heart, lung, Pericardium, liver, spleen, kidney, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, gallbladder and urinary bladder, and eight additional channels relating to deeper energies.
Illnesses are caused, among other things, by:

  • “Yin” or “Yang” deficiency.
  • Climate-based conditions that attack the body such as: wind; heat; cold; dryness; humidity. Western medicine identifies these conditions are viruses and bacteria.
  • External injuries causing blockage in the flow of energy (chi).
  • Extreme emotional conditions directly affect various organs:

Intense anger affects the liver
Fear/shock affect the kidneys
Intense sorrow affects the lung

Japanese Method of Evaluation/Diagnosis

As I mentioned earlier in the Acupuncture and Trigger Point Therapy/ acupressure page, the diagnosis method I use in my work is the Japanese method, which begins with diagnosing the body from the stomach. The navel area is the fetus’ first contact with his mother and with the world. The fetus received all the nutrition it needs through the umbilical cord, in order to develop properly. Therefore, the stomach area is divided into different reflex areas representing internal organs such as liver, stomach, uterus and ovaries. For instance, the liver is located to the right, under the lower ribs, as is the chi point representing the liver. The stomach and chest area also includes areas representing the autonomic nervous system, the immune system, the nerve point and more.
According to this diagnosis method, when a sensitive point is located, and you ask the patient as question related to that point, in most cases there is a direct link between what is happening in the patient’s life and the symptoms/signs presented in the body. Next, I look for a point or group of points that will immediately help to alleviate/lessen sensitivity in that area. This process enables us to detect whether there is proper flow of energy in the body.

Chinese Acupuncture for Muscular-skeletal Pain and Menstruation Problems

Chinese acupuncture for treating muscular-skeletal pain and menstruation problems: pain therapy researches have shown that acupuncture is efficient in treating pain. Acupuncture increases the release of endorphins – natural analgesics from the Morphine family – thus helping treat pain and improve the immune system as well as help fight many diseases.

According to the World Health Organization Chinese acupuncture is beneficial in treating various problems and pains:

  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Knee pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Menstruation problems: pain, PMS, menopause, heavy bleeding/flow or lack of menstruation.
  • Fertility problems and menopause symptoms
  • Digestion problems
  • Depression
  • And more