The ancient art of acupuncture has been prevalent in Asia for many centuries, wherein it is used to treat various conditions and relieve pain. Many western countries, too, have adopted this healing method. We offer acupuncture services to relieve you from many painful conditions such as lower back pain, nerve pain, headaches, menstrual cramps, and fibromyalgia.
How Does Acupuncture Help?
There are many reasons you may want to opt for this therapy. According to research and recent studies, the traditional practice of acupuncture can treat many painful health conditions ranging from allergies, osteoarthritis to chronic pain in your back, neck, knees, and head. It also addresses problems like hypertension, menstrual cramps, migraines, anxiety and depression, insomnia, morning sickness, and strokes.
Some studies even highlight that this treatment may help with multiple sclerosis and other severe health conditions.
At MediPro our highly skilled providers utilize a combination of Traditional and Biomedical Acupuncture to produce the best results. The biomedical acupuncture model for pain management is a novel approach defined by neuroanatomy and neurophysiology and characterized by clinical reproducibility, predictability, and standardization while still maintaining the benefits of the classical acupuncture model. The biomedical acupuncture model is based on extensive research and clinical evidence collected over the past 50 years. Focusing on Neurological, muscular and fascial anatomy, this approach produces a standard yet individualized treatment protocol for most patients with acute or chronic pain.
What are the Benefits of Acupuncture Therapy?
- Acupuncture helps control various types of pain in your body, acute or chronic.
- It is a safe method of relieving your pain, suitable for all.
- Acupuncture therapy doesn’t lead to side effects.
- Acupuncture can be combined with other treatments and forms of medication to obtain faster results.
- You may even opt for this therapy if the medications are not suitable for your condition.
- Acupuncture is an affordable alternative therapy to invasive treatments and surgeries. It doesn’t lead to any pain or discomfort.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
According to Chinese medicine, the energy that flows within your body becomes disrupted due to certain factors, thus creating imbalance. This situation leads to pain, illness, and other discomforts throughout your body.
Our acupuncture therapy aims to rebalance the energy with tiny needles touching your acupuncture points throughout the body. There are many acupoints in your body, along with 14 major meridians. We insert small needles into these points to react to any illness or symptom, rebalance the body, and release natural chemicals like endorphins. Our acupuncture therapy also releases neurotransmitters and chemicals that control your nerve impulses.
We will talk to you about your condition during your first appointment, followed by examining your body for the areas that will react to this therapy. We will tap the needles at these points into your skin.
These needles are disposable, sterile, and thin as human hair. We will keep the needles for a few minutes or a maximum of 20 minutes. Frequent sessions of this therapy will ensure that you get rid of pain and discomfort and improve your quality of life.
Other Procedures To Help You
Cupping therapy is used to treat numerous health conditions. In this process, our practitioner places cups at certain points of the patient's skin that create suction to pull against the skin, leaving round bruises. This occurs because the blood vessels burst after exposing the skin to suction. The procedure provides relief from muscle tension and stiffness. It is mainly preferred by athletes to obtain quick relief from pain
Gua sha is performed using a tool with which pressure is applied to scrape off the skin to help get relief of the pain and tension. This may cause light bruising to your skin. It helps reduce painful sensations in the body. It also helps remove blood stagnation and provides effective results to patients.
Traditional Chinese herbal medicine aims to restore the balance of your body and harmony between the opposing natural forces of yin and yang that may block your energy (qi) and lead to disease. It includes a combination of acupuncture, herbal therapy, diet, meditation, massage, and physical exercise which helps the patient heal. Herbs have several medicinal benefits that are drawn by the body during treatment. Traditional Chinese medicine can be combined with other forms of treatment for better results. It is a safe, suitable, and affordable treatment.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doesn't focus on science alone. Instead, it is based on balance, harmony, and energy. According to traditional Chinese medicine, good health is the balance of negative and positive energies. Using a combination of treatments like diet, meditation, acupuncture, herbal therapy, massage, and physical exercise, traditional Chinese medicine aims to restore the balance of the body and prevent the occurrence of diseases.
In short, Traditional Chinese Medicine strives to comprehend and promote harmony in human life. TCM works on the principle that any system that is in harmony grows towards better health, wellbeing, and sustainability, whereas a system in disharmony can cause disease, suffering, and collapse.
System in TCM
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a system includes everything that creates and supports it. And every part of the system is interconnected but interdependent. When all of the components of a system stay in harmony with each other, the whole system will remain in harmony. If any component is disrupted or disturbed, it can cause disturbance to the whole system by the ripple effect.
Fundamental Concepts of Traditional Chinese Medicine
The roots or fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine lies in two concepts: Qi (vital energy) and yin and yang (the balance or harmony of all the opposing factors and forces that make up existence).
The basic theories about the dynamics of Qi and yin and yang arise out of these roots and form the "stems" of Chinese medicine. And the remaining TCM theories and applications, like the causes of patterns of disharmony, are dependent on these principles.
Qi, also called life energy or vital energy, is the energy that runs throughout our body. As per TCM, Qi changes constantly and is always on the move. TCM therapies often concentrate on promoting and maintaining the flow of qi.
As per Chinese medicine, life is a gathering of Qi. And a healthy person is a dynamic but balanced combination of all the elements of Qi that constitute who we are.
Yin and yang
The essential idea behind the terms "yin and yang" is the perspective of "taking everything as a whole." They are opposites that describe the qualities or manifestations of qi. If yin is a form, then yang is a function. If yin is material, then yang is immaterial.
- Yin: night, dark, cold, feminine, negative
- Yang: day, light, warm, positive, male
The belief of TCM about yin and yang is that everything in our life has a little bit of its opposite, too, but perfect harmony and balance are the keys. For instance, medication from your doctor heals illness but taking it in large quantities will be dangerous.
According to TCM, when the yin and yang of Qi are in perfect harmony, the person is said to be healthy. If they are not in balance, one may feel ill. TCM seeks to build harmony and a healthy flow of qi.
Does TCM Work?
- Certain studies say that approaches used in traditional Chinese medicine practices like acupuncture may help ease certain pain conditions, limit side effects of chemotherapy, and improve quality of life.
- Several herbs used in TCM effectively treat conditions like trouble sleeping, arthritis, and menopause.
- Tai chi (breath exercises) has been shown to help people with Parkinson's disease by creating a balance.
- Cupping may help ease pain and discomfort from shingles.
To find out more about the healthcare services we offer at MediPro Pain & Performance, Beaverton, OR, call (503) 828-9265 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 17933 NW Evergreen Place, Ste 285, Beaverton, OR 97006.