The following list contains some of the many conditions East Asian Medicine effectively treats.
What Is Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a system of healing that focuses on improving the overall well being of the patient, by strengthening the body's own healing response. Health problems are treated by the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points. Originating in China, these points have been mapped out over two thousand years ago and have more recently been confirmed through electromagnetic research.
This Medicine is great for treating individuals of all ages and stages for acute and chronic conditions.
How does acupuncture work?
According to Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture works by promoting the free movement of blood and energy in the body, through specific pathways or meridians. Acupuncture stimulates and enhances the free flow of Qi, therefore regulating the harmonious energetic balance of the body. This consequently relieves pain and restores health. Western scientific research has shown that acupuncture causes the production of endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers. However, acupuncture is used for many conditions besides pain. In general, scientific research has shown that acupuncture can modulate all the primary systems in the body, including the nervous, endocrine and immune systems.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are so thin that many patients feel only a mild sensation, or sometimes nothing at all. The amount of sensation depends on the location of the point and people's individual sensitivity levels. It is generally a pleasant experience for most people, even those with a dislike of needles.
What Is Moxibustion?
Moxa is usually made from the dried leafy material of Chinese mugwort (Artemesia argyi or A.vlugaris). Moxibustion is a form of heat therapy in which moxa is burned on or very near the surface of the skin. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi (energy) in the body and dispel certain pathogenic influences.
What can I expect to feel?
It is not uncommon for patients receiving moxibustion to report a sudden flooding of warmth that quickly radiates along a specific pathway (usually corresponding with the channel that is being treated) away from the site of application. This is a good result, as it indicates the arrival of the Qi and signals that the flow of Qi has been freed in the channel.
Moxibustion is used for:
What Is Cupping?
Cupping therapy has been developed as a means to open the 'Meridians' of the body. Meridians are the conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and through every organ and tissue.
A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin either by means of heat or suction. This draws up the underlying tissues. When the cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes, localized healing takes place.
Cupping has been found to affect the body by causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins.
Cupping is the best deep tissue massage available.
What We Do
Winding Willow Acupuncture & Wellness Specializes In The Following Services:
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology originating in ancient China that treats patients by manipulating thin, solid needles that have been inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. According to Traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians.
This specialized acupuncture technique was developed specifically for infants and children up to the age of seven. Shonishin can be used to treat childhood health problems-- such as infants and children afflicted with a wide variety of conditions, including colic, indigestion, GERD, constipation, diarrhea, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), allergies, asthma, eczema, hives and bed-wetting. Children as young as one month old have been effectively treated.
Shoshinin's gentle, mostly non-invasive treatment techniques involve non-inserted needles. The practitioner rhythmically stroke, rub, tap and press the skin to produce a variety of gentle stimulation sensations. Rounded tools, including rods of stone, silver, or gold, are typically used. Sometimes a press sphere--a tiny round ball--is taped in place and left for a few hours to stimulate an acupuncture point. These techniques serve to harmonize and boost a child's vital energy.
Herbal-ism is the use of plants for medicinal purposes, and the study of such use. Plants have been the basis for medical treatments through much of human history, and such traditional medicine is still widely practiced today.
Herbal medicine is a major pillar of Chinese medicine. It is common for an acupuncturist to prescribe an herbal formula after an acupuncture session in order to reinforce the effects of the acupuncture. Each formula has two goals: to go to work relieving the immediate issue right away, and to treat the underlying imbalances that are contributing to or resulting from the condition.
Japanese Bodywork is a unique, effective blend of massage, acupuncture, and stretching instructions that you can easily follow at home. It is an all encompassing modality that enables you to achieve optimal level of health mechanically and energetically.
Qigong is a powerful system of healing and energy medicine from China. It is the art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate the life energy (qi). Qigong practice leads to better health and vitality and a tranquil state of mind. To nurture life is to live in balance.
Reflexology is the systematic application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques with the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. Reflexology relieves tension, improves circulation and helps promote the natural function of the body.
Aroma Acupoint Therapy -
Essential Oil Treatments
Aroma Acupoint Therapy combine the fields of herbal medicine, clinical aromatherapy and acupuncture. They address current issues in contemporary health care using the methodology of integrating energetic medicine with contemporary functional medicine. It can be used as a specific oil-to-point treatment for energetic re-balancing without the use of needles. Essential oils have the ability to stimulate the points in a similar way as needles, by providing a content of information to the point that will suggest a particular type of therapeutic action.
Laser Acupuncture Treatments
Laser Acupuncture is done with 'cold lasers', known as low level lasers. Studies show that low-level lasers can help regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and stimulate hair growth, to name a few examples. Perhaps the greatest advantage of laser acupuncture is that it's completely painless. Most patients feel nothing to very little sensation during laser acupuncture. This is a great option for people fearful of needles or children.
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