Mind-Body Approach to Wellness: Acupuncture

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

The most effective way to treat mind-body is to treat mind and body from a mind-body perspective. That may sound completely redundant but our therapies address both the mind and body from an integrative yet individualized perspective. If you suffer from stress, chronic illness, chronic pain, insomnia, stress related illness, PTSD, or depression the combination of psychotherapy, chinese medicine with yoga and meditation is incredibly effective. At the Rein Center we have over 20 years of experience working from an integrative and holistic approach. Your treatment program will be thorough and comprehensive, as well as individualized. Please call us for more information.

Traditional Chinese Medicine involves a blend of the following treatments:

AcupunctureTraditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM) is based on a paradigm of balance in nature, a concept that has existed for millennia, originating in Taoism. The heart of the paradigm is the belief that there exists in nature and in the human body, energy, referred to as Qi (pronounced ‘chee). In order to be healthy one must have sufficient Qi, it must be balanced and it must be free-flowing within the body in a pattern that is specific to the Qi related to each of several identified organs. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the channels, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to unblock the Qi energy, allowing the body to heal.

Cupping
Cupping is a method of relieving local congestion by applying a partial vacuum that is created in a cup, either by heat or by suction. Cupping has been used for thousands of years. Although it is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the entire world once knew this of therapy and used it. The Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese used cupping therapy. Cupping is mentioned in the oldest recorded medical textbook, Ebers Papyrus, written in Egypt approx. 1550 BC. Cupping benefits many ailments including headache, back and neck pain, joint and muscular pain, infertility, sexual disorders, rheumatic diseases, hypertension, breast enhancement, bed wetting, common colds and flu, insomnia, stroke, fever, constipation and diarrhea, chest pain, asthma and blood disorders.

Moxibustion
Burning mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing, moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.

Auricular Acupuncture
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture is a specialized complementary therapy where acupuncture points are treated, using either needles or electro acupunctoscopes to help relieve many chronic complaints such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia and help people relax.
It also profoundly relieves withdrawal symptoms including cravings, body aches, headache, etc. Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for a longer period of time by using ear seeds. Ear seeds are small seeds from the Vaccaria plant. These seeds are held in place on the ear with a small piece of adhesive tape. Ear seeds may be left in the ear for a few days or up to two weeks. Ear acupuncture is generally incorporated into a regular acupuncture treatment, but can be used alone to treat anxiety and addiction.

Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is an integral component of traditional Chinese medicine. It is also one of the oldest (and most popular) forms of health care. Studies have shown that as much as 40% of all American adults use herbal products, with the amount of money spent on herbal remedies in that country each year in the tens of billions. The use of herbal medicine is even higher overseas, with some countries reporting a usage rate of 75% or greater. When used to facilitate healing in chronic, ongoing problems, herbal medicine has a great deal to offer. Studies have shown that herbal products can treat a variety of conditions, including colds, digestive disorders, insomnia, headaches, arthritis, skin disorders, asthma, and a host of other problems usually treated with pharmaceuticals and prescription medications.

Chinese nutrition:
In the traditional Chinese approach to health, good nutrition and living habits are essential to maintaining a balanced flow of qi, the essential life force, through the body. Qi is a Taoist concept of life energy that is present in all of nature. Qi responds to the natural forces of yin and yang and is a part of every activity, every food, every aspect of life. In the Chinese system, health maintenance derives from good unity and balance of the body, mind and energy (qi) through the integration of nutrition and medicine. A balanced diet is defined in this system as one in which Yin—dark, cold and passive—and Yang—light, heat and active—are consumed in a balance that harmonizes with the foods a person needs. These counterparts also regulate two very important oppositions in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and modern Chinese nutrition: hot versus cold.

Physical exercise (qigong):
Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques, focused intention, and mental concentration, intended to maintain good health and control the flow of vital energy.
Qigong practice typically involves moving meditation, coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and calm meditative state of mind.

According to Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian philosophy, respectively, qigong allows access to higher realms of awareness, awakens one's "true nature", and helps develop human potential.