is used to treat the symptoms, and eliminate the root cause
of health care problems. Acupuncture procedures
incorporate tiny, hair-thin pins that are shallowly inserted
on the surface of the skin at areas of the anatomy called
acupuncture points. These acupuncture points reflect
the natural, electrical, inherent energy flow that moves
through every living being. This energy is called "Qi"
by the ancient Chinese. Disease or imbalance in
body results from improper flow of this energy. A
trained acupuncturist knows how to affect these acupuncture
points so that proper energy flow can be obtained, thereby
correcting the disease or imbalance and helping to reduce
pain and heal areas of ill health.
concepts/theories about medicine date back 5,000 years and
are incorporated as bona fide healing systems of the
world¡¯s 6.6 billion 2007 population; one-third, or, 2.2
billion use different aspects of Oriental medicine. Many
people decide to visit an acupuncturist as a last resort
when, in fact, the acupuncturist should have been the
first choice of health care. When Western
therapies haven¡¯t been successful, or time doesn¡¯t heal
the problem, the patient's condition will have deteriorated,
causing a delay in the healing process, and, more likely, a
longer course of treatment.
herbs have been used for thousands of years to help people
feel better, be more vital and live longer. Many of them have
also been used for treating various illnesses and restoring
the normal body functions for hundreds of years, and have
proved their effectiveness. One of the most appealing
qualities of Chinese herbs therapy is the low risk of
adverse reaction or side effects, especially when compared
to pharmaceutical drugs.
of the Chinese pharmacopoia date back to the third century
B.C. and have been updated regularly since then. During
the second century B.C., the Chinese were the first to
extract male and female hormones from urine. Chinese doctors
were also the first to synthesize thyroid hormone from
jujube dates to treat goiter.
herbs are designed to help the body produce the proper
levels of hormones on its own. Many of the ingredients in
Chinese herbal formulas may have little or no hormonal
effects, but the effect of the whole formula will
substantially increase hormone levels. Herbs contain natural
energetic substances whose essence gently corrects
underlying deficiencies or removes obstructions. The synergy
of these substances produces their potent effects. The
active ingredients are buffered by the whole plant and
blended with other herbs, reducing their side effects.
accommodate specific needs of each patient, we Chinese
medicine doctors often adjust a traditional formula based on
the patients unique constitution and the condition of the
illness. However, the quality of Chinese herbal products
available in the market varies greatly. Our center uses
herbal products that are manufactured to an extremely high
level of hygiene, safety and quality control.
standard of care in Chinese herbal therapy is to use herbs
in their raw form. Patients make decoction of the raw herbs
and drink the ¡°tea¡± throughout the day. However, the
smell, taste and the amount of effort to cook the tea often
make patients less compliant. I have found that most of my patients prefer to take their
herbs in power or pill form. While this may slightly
decrease the herbs¡¯ potency. I believe it is better to
offer a prescription that the patient will follow.
Consistency, accuracy, and patience are important. Take
what¡¯s prescribed in the recommended dosage; be consistent
and accurate. Also, be patient. While you may see
improvements in your symptoms quickly, bringing the body
back into harmony takes time.
is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves
the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate
healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for
thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character
for acupuncture, translated literally, means
"acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of
moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese
medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of
qi, and maintain general health.
traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people
who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa
is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which
leads to smoother flow of blood and qi. In Western medicine,
moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies
into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth. A
landmark study published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association in 1998 found that up to 75% of women
suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had
fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving
moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the Bladder meridian.
Other studies have shown that moxibustion increases the
movement of the fetus in pregnant women, and may reduce the
symptoms of menstrual cramps when used in conjunction with