Lehigh Valley Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
Since you are unique, it is important to use Chinese Medicine to discover the cwhat imbalances. We do this by having you start with a comprehensive written history. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment so that you can fill it out at the office.
Acupuncture is simply one finger in the hand of oriental medicine. Within an acupuncture treatment an acupuncturist may choose to utilize various adjunctive techniques depending on your condition and their training. These may include the following:
*Electro-acupuncture: the acupuncture needles are stimulated with an electric charge delivered from a machine. This is used often and effectively in patients dealing with pain.
*Moxibustion: this involves the burning of an herb - Artemesia Vulgaris - either on the top of a needle or on the skin directly. This is used often in patients who are dealing with cold or stagnant conditions such as certain types of abdominal cramps.
*Cupping: this involves the use of glass or plastic cups which are placed on the body with suction to help remove toxins and muscle tension. They are used often in patients with immune issues such as a cold as well as for pain.
*Tui na: this is essentially massage that is targeted towards the meridians and acupuncture points. It is used for a wide variety of conditions.
*Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCM): a highly complex system of diagnosis and treatment using medicinal herbs used to support the body's healing system, to highly toxic ones, used to treat disease.
*Homeopathy: basically a system of therapy based on the concept that disease can be treated with drugs (in minute doses) thought capable of producing the same symptoms in healthy people as the disease itself. Sometime symptoms are the body's way of fighting disease. Homeopathy teaches that symptoms are to be encouraged, by prescribing a "remedy" in minuscule doses that in large doses would produce the same symptoms seen in the patient. These remedies are meant to stimulate the immune system, helping to cure the illness, according to homeopathy.
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