DISEASE RESULTS FROM THE DISRUPTION OF THE FLOW OF QI (pronounced "chee") and imbalance in the forces of Yin and Yang. Classical Chinese Acupuncture regulates and balances the flow of Qi and the forces of Yin and Yang.
Historically, Chinese have believed that everything is classified according to whether it is more Yin or more Yang. Things that are neither too Yin nor too Yang are considered more or less balanced.
Qi (pronounced "chee") can be described as a vital energy, anything of a particular nature, breath, any of various dynamic phenomena in the body, activity, warming, defense. Qi is the outer defense of the body, and prevents disease from entering. Production of blood and fluids, the distribution of fluids, and the conversion of fluids into sweat and urine are all the result of Qi transformation. Implicit in this notion is the movement, or bearing of Qi. Qi bears upward, downward, inward and outward, carrying blood and fluids with it. Qi is simply defined as vital energy or life force.
An acute condition might take 1-2 sessions to rebalance, where chronic problems may require as many as 10-12 visits. Since acupuncture treats the individual, the practitioner will assess each individual’s unique health needs and make recommendations.
Classical Acupuncture treatments are comparatively labor intensive and time consuming. Particular attention is paid to the manner of insertion and manipulation of each needle (which differ markedly for each type of meridian), and to the resulting intricate changes to the flow of qi in the meridians. It is this special attention to detail along with diagnoses not limited to pattern simplifications, and the correct choice of meridian, that can elicit remarkable and profound changes in the health and perspectives of Classical Acupuncture patients.
As in any form of acupuncture, disposable, sterile, single-use needles are used. Strict safety controls are observed in accordance with Federal and OSHA regulations. Cotton sheets are used in the Chelsea practice; no paper sheets are used. Patients are treated one at a time. First appointments must be made by the patient unless the patient is unable to speak or hear, or unless the patient is a minor.
Classical Chinese Acupuncture Can Effectively Treat People with:
- Aches and Pains in Muscles/bones/joints acute as well as chronic
- Traumatic injuries
- Respiratory disorders
- Digestive disorders
- Fertility disorders (female and male)
- Endocrine disorders
- Gynecological disorders
- Urogenital disorders
- Sleep disorders
- Emotional & psychiatric disorders
- Body detoxification functions
- The common cold
- Help to cleanse and minimize the side effects of medications
Acupuncture has been linked to alleviating the nausea associated with chemotherapy and the pain incurred from the constant surgeries that cancer patients undergo.
The Risks and Side Effects of Acupuncture
Acupuncture does not have side effects, per se. It is not toxic or painful. The process of "needling" is safe because the filiform needles used are sterile, single use, very thin and when inserted at the right acupuncture body point should not cause tremendous discomfort. If any sensation is experienced during insertion, it is usually experienced as a pinch and disappears very quickly. The acupuncturist may manipulate the needles once inserted and the patient may feel a mild sensation. People have described this sensation as heaviness, warming or tingling. Great care is taken to make sure clients are very comfortable and warm so that they can relax while the needles are in place. Many people even fall asleep during treatment. After treatment, patients will sometimes feel a tremendous sense of relaxation and calm.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The acupuncture needle inserted into acupuncture body points accesses the energy of this point, which stimulates the production of endorphins, hormones that make us happy, soothe the pain, make us relax and helps us to get back in tune with our body. Emotional release helps to improve the overall well being of the patient and create the situation for the body to start the process of self-healing. The rebalancing process is the key. It is extremely important that the patient get involved with their own healing process under the acupuncturist's guidance. This would require changes in diet, lifestyle and overall perception of one's health.