It encompasses a variety of health care therapies and is, in fact, a way of looking at medicine that integrates all therapies in its understanding. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology are the most popular in the United States. Other aspects include: Diet, Nutrition, Lifestyle choices, Tai Qi (martial arts/ physical exercise), Tui na (pushing/grasping) which is a manual technique for the treatment of the muscles and joints, Zheng Gu (correct bone) which is a joint mobilization technique, Cupping (gently drawing the skin into cups with suction), Gua Sha (stimulation of the skin by a round-edged instrument), and Feng Shui (environmental balance).
How Does This System Work?
It has been scientifically determined that human beings are actually unique bioenergetic systems. For thousands of years Oriental Medicine has acknowledged that there is a vital life force dim flows through all things, which is called "Qi", in the west it is often referred to as "energy". Energy (Qi) flows along pathways in the human body, which are related to the organs and the tendo-muscular system. When the balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions environmental factors, or excessive emotional issues; pain or illness results. Oriental medicine focuses on correcting these energetic imbalances by breaking up any obstruction and encouraging an even flow of Qi, which stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself.
Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used for over 23 centuries. It can remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, and strengthen the immune system.
What Is The Painless Acupuncture Method?
A system of acupuncture therapeutics developed by Dr. Scott Denny which employs special needle techniques which results in a virtually pain free treatment. This method took years to perfect and is only administered by Dr. Denny. Acupuncture treatment does not need to be painful in order to produce a favorable treatment outcome.
What Is The Treatment Like?
Extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible needles are placed at specific points on the energetic pathways, known as meridians. When the needles are inserted, you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth. People are surprised to find that treatments are actually quite relaxing.
Ancient Chinese herbal formulas are as effective now as they were when first introduced more than 2,000 years ago. Most formulas consist of two to eighteen different types of herbs. Formulas treat a wide variety of symptoms while stimulating the body's natural healing process. Hospital studies prescribing individualized complex herbal formulas have demonstrated excellent results with patients who fail to respond to conventional pharmaceutical treatments.
Is It For You?
Oriental Medicine is used not only for pain management, but also as a comprehensive system of health care and health maintenance. Athletes use Oriental Medicine to achieve optimum performance levels. Cancer patients are treated for the side effects of chemotherapy to enhance their quality of life. Detoxification treatments have been proven to help those with chemical and/or dependency problems.
What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?*
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed.
Is Acupuncture Safe?*
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used.
Tui Na - Manual Bodywork
Tui Na is one of many types of bodywork practiced in Asian countries. Tui Na originated in China more than 2,000 years ago. It is based on traditional meridian concepts, i.e., the smooth flow of Qi through the meridian channels and collaterals. As with acupuncture, the clearing of Qi blockages will allow for the enhanced healing. Tui Na includes many manual methods which are applied to the tendons, muscles, ligaments and joints. They are applied in order to influence the flow of Qi and are oftentimes combined with other manual techniques which mobilize joints and realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationships.
Zheng Gu refers to mobilization techniques which quickly restore normal functioning and structural reintegration. Oftentimes following manual therapy, various ointments, liniments or creams are administered in order to maximize the results of treatment. Tui Na is an ideal adjunct in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and chronic stress related conditions. Tui Na is a very specific and focused approach, and is not a substitute for general full body massage. Tui Na is contraindicated in the treatment of fractures, infections, phlebitis, bleeding disorders, open wounds or unexplained lesions.
Gua Sha is a healing technique used in Asia by practitioners of traditional medicine. It involves palpation and cutaneous stimulation where the skin is pressured, in a stroking manner using round-edged instruments. The result of this treatment is the appearance of small red petechiae called "sha," which fade within several days following the treatment. The purpose of raising sha is to remove stagnation and promoting circulation. The treatment is designed to be used for relief from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, nausea, etc. Contraindications to Gua Sha includes inflammation of the skin, bleeding disorders, open wounds, phlebitis or unexplained lesions.
Cupping refers to an ancient art in which cups are applied to the acupuncture points/skin and the pressure inside the cup is reduced. This is accomplished through one of two methods, igniting a small swab dipped in alcohol under the cup, then quickly removing it, while simultaneously placing the cup on the area of skin to be treated. The second, and more practical method, is to use a suction system which is attached to cup prior to placing the cup on the skin. Once the cupis in place, a pump is activated drawing out the air. In either technique the goal is to draw the skin and superficial muscle layer and hold it within the cup. In some cases the cup may be moved while the suction is applied causing a regional pulling of the skin and muscle. This is accomplished by the addition of a lubricating agent such as massage oil and is often referred to "gliding cupping." The result is a reddened area which subsides following treatment. Some bruising can occur. Cups are usually left in place for 5 to 15 minutes. Cupping is used for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders, lung conditions such as chronic cough and bronchitis, paralysis, and pain. It can also be used for many other disorders. Contraindications to cupping includes inflammation of the skin, high fever, cramping, bleeding disorders, open wounds, phlebitis, application over the low back or abdomen during pregnancy, or unexplained lesions.
Plum Blossom Hammer
The Plum Blossom hammer is actually a very small hammer with a group of needles on the head. The handle of the Plum Blossom is reed shaped and acts as a spring. To treat an area the Plum Blossom is gently tapped over the acupuncture point(s) in a gentle repetitious manner. Plum Blossom is used to promote circulation and alleviate Qi and blood stagnation. It's used for many conditions and works well in the treatment of neuropathy. Contraindications to Plum Blossom includes inflammation of the skin, bleeding disorders, open wounds, phlebitis or unexplained lesions.
Electroacupuncture is the use of electrical simulation in conjunction with the application of acupuncture needles. The device is typically small in size that can provide mild electrical current to the needles which allows for constant stimulation of the acupuncture points. The wave forms vary from device to device and are typically in the form of TENS or microcurrent. The latter is usually not felt by the patient at all. Electroacupuncture is exceptionally good for difficult to treat cases where there is nerve involvement such as post stroke care, chronic pain and Bell’s palsy.
*From FAQ at National Institutes of Health. See full FAQ at NCCAM, National Institutes of Health website, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Acupuncture Education- Isn't It All The Same?
Before selecting who to see for your acupuncture and oriental medicine treatment, it would be wise to understand the different levels of education of those who practice "acupuncture."
Professionally trained licensed acupuncturists have completed a three to four years of graduate level education in the field of acupuncture and oriental medicine. A typical three year nationally accredited Masters Degree program is over 2000 hours in length. Colleges of oriental medicine are approved through The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Following the completion of a program, one must take certification examination(s) which are administered by The National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
In contrast other healthcare providers who advertise acupuncture services may have less training and are authorized to perform acupuncture. Certain providers in the State of Florida are required to complete just 100 hours of training in order to offer acupuncture treatment.
In summary, as a consumer you should be aware of the differences in education between providers and making a decision to have acupuncture treatment should be done carefully. If you should have any questions please feel free to contact us at any time at 954-473-8925.
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Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) ©
Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) is a modern approach to acupuncture developed over the past twenty-five years by Tri-State College of Acupuncture's (TSCA) founder, Mark Seem, Ph.D. Inspired by French and Japanese meridian styles of acupuncture, and the trigger point teachings of Dr. Janet Travell, APM assessment and treatment takes as its basis a patients actual, physical, lived experience of illness or distress. Rather than a theoretical textbook diagnosis, APM assessment of a patient focuses on palpation of the body for myofascial constrictions and holding patterns. It is a technique which is especially well suited for treating complex conditions such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue and chronic stress.
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Japanese Meridian Style
Chinese acupuncture was introduced into Japan about 1500 years ago. The basic principles remained similar to the Chinese meridian system, but the treatment style became quite different. Japanese style practitioners generally use much finer needles, stimulate more superficially and gently, do not consider the strong needle sensation of importance. This is in contrast to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) whose practitioners tend to use larger needles and deeper needle insertion in order to induce strong needle sensation.
Through its own evolutionary process, Japanese acupuncture has taken on characteristics that are unique. These include a strong emphasis on palpation, sensory awareness of Qi arrival, root (meridian based) and branch (symptomatic) approaches to treatment, the use of direct moxa, and intra dermal needles, (a method where needles are left in place for extended periods of time) and shoni-shin (pediatric acupuncture where blunted instruments are used to stimulate acupoints and meridians).
In Japanese style acupuncture, the channels themselves are carefully examined to see if any abnormality can be found, in addition to the abdomen and the radial pulse (wrist). The abdomen and pulse are the two areas of the body that give the most detailed information to the overall state of a person's health as well as indicate any specific imbalances within the meridian system. In addition, the injured or painful area of the body is examined thoroughly. In the abdominal area, information is gathered by feeling for temperature variations, skin texture differences, areas of softness and hardness at different depths, and any other subtle sensations. The pulse is palpated on each wrist. The speed, strength, and depth, as well as relative strength and weakness are noted. Once the information is obtained, the approach involves balancing the meridians by supporting and nourishing Yin deficiency, while removing Yang excess. For an informative look at the history of Japanese acupuncture please click here
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
Classical Chinese Medicine is the proper term to describe the full scope of healing practices and techniques developed in China over thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine, often referred to by its acronym TCM, is a modern name for a formalized and systematized Classical Chinese Medicine that was developed in the People's Republic of China in the 1960's, in order to fit it into a Western style biomedical training paradigm. The national board examinations of the NCCAOM are based heavily on TCM teachings, and as such students at New York’s Tri-State College of Acupuncture become well versed in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
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Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture (KM)
Kiiko Matsumoto Style Acupuncture (referred to as KM at the College), was developed by Kiiko Matsumoto over the past two decades in North America. KM style acupuncture utilizes a systematic, easy to learn, palpatory method which is designed to provide instant feedback. When using this system, a KM Style practitioner follows a palpation sequence, which both establishes a diagnosis and suggests several treatment options.
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Integrated Neuromuscular Acupoint System (INMAS)
The Integrated Neuromuscular Acupoint System (INMAS) is a clinical acupuncture medicine model characterized by reproducibility, predictability and standardization while still maintaining all the benefits of the classical acupuncture model. INMAS is based on biomedical research and clinical evidence collected over the past 40 years and was developed by Yun-tao Ma, PhD, LAc, Mila Ma, MD, LAc, and Zang Hee Cho, PhD.
The powerful, underlying neuro-immuno-endocrine mechanisms triggered by needling acupoints enable the body to activate built-in survival mechanisms representing a self-healing capacity of the living system. The INMAS model maintains all the benefits of classical acupuncture represented by the meridian styles of acupuncture; however the INMAS is based upon the biomedical model and represents the transition of classical acupuncture in a hi-tech society. The INMAS model does not contradict the classical acupuncture model and its underlying physiological mechanisms are identical.
The INMAS biomedical-acupuncture medicine model represents a culmination of decades of laboratory research, the latest neurophysiological and molecular understanding of acupuncture, including neuroimaging and interpretation of clinical evidence, and groundbreaking results from historical research of ancient and modern acupuncture literature. The INMAS offers patients:
- A neuro-anatomically and physiologically defined acupuncture system
- A quantitative evaluation method which allows us to predict the prognosis of acupuncture treatments
- A standardized yet individualized treatment protocol for the majority of patients
In addition to traditional classical styles of acupuncture, we are proud to offer this advanced acupuncture system as part of our clinical evaluation and treatment methods. With the INMAS we can now:
- Determine how patients may respond to acupuncture medicine treatments
- Develop personalized treatment plans based a reproducible examination model
- Prognosticate treatment outcomes based on a database of over 15,000 patients who have been treated using the INMAS protocols
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