Acupuncture is a whole-body approach to healing; it takes a holistic and nurturing approach to getting you healthy. This is done by inserting very fine needles on specific points along energy pathways called meridians. Acupuncture meridian points activate the body's innate healing abilities acupuncturists call Qi (“chee”). According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi is the vital energy that animates the body and protects it from illness. Qi flows through pathways called meridians and provides nourishment to the body's cells, tissues, muscles, organs, and glands. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, symptoms related to a specific condition may appear. In addition to the insertion of needles, other techniques, such as cupping and moxibustion (burning of moxa, a herb), are used to stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and to bring about homeostasis.
From a modern scientific perspective, stimulation of acupuncture meridian points causes the release of a multitude of nervous system chemicals in our brain, spinal cord, and muscles that help restore the body's ability to heal naturally. These chemicals provide tremendous health benefits, whether it is influencing our body to heal more quickly, or simply altering how we may be experiencing pain.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. Cupping promotes the flow of blood and Qi, and is often coupled with acupuncture to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine heat therapy which consists of burning dried mugwort to heat particular points on the body. Moxibustion promotes circulation and is often used in conjunction with acupuncture to treat pain due to injury or arthritis, digestive problems, gynecological conditions, and to protect against cold and flu strains.
The healing and regenerative properties of acupuncture are truly amazing; the only way to find out if acupuncture is the perfect treatment plan for you and your family is to give it a try. Most people experience little or no pain when receiving acupuncture in fact, many experience a deep sense of relief, relaxation and reduction of specific symptoms and signs.
Dr. Hong will take a complete health history, conduct a thorough exam, and then develop a unique treatment plan that will address your specific concerns. Acupuncture treatment can be combined with cupping, moxibustion, exercise and nutritional consultation.
It is advised to embark on a course of 5-10 treatments. Minor or acute conditions may see improvement after 3 treatments while more chronic conditions may take 10 sessions, though some patients can feel and see a difference after the first couple of sessions. Top up treatments are recommended every month thereafter to maintain optimum effect.
Initial treatment is approximately 1.5 hours. Follow up sessions are usually 1 hour.
Acupuncture supports the balanced flow of energy within the body. It considers the health of the body, mind and spirit to be equally important in overall health. therapeutic or preventative purposes. Regular acupuncture treatments can help achieve and maintain wellness, the vitality, clarity and energy we need to pursue a rich and fulfilling life.
Acupuncture is recognized by leading national and international health organizations to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems. Below are some of the health concerns that acupuncture can help with:
Acupuncturists use very thin sterile disposable needles to stimulate different points of the body. Few complications from using acupuncture have been reported. US trained Acupuncturists are required to have a pre-medicine background and a Bachelor’s degree before embarking on a four years master’s course of studies in Asian & Western medicine at an accredited Acupuncture School. In Ohio, acupuncturists are required to hold a current and active designation from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a diplomate in acupuncture. Acupuncturists are also required to pass a criminal record check.