Types of Acupuncture

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and other modalities, is the primary health care system and has flourished in China for more than 3,000 years. Recently in the United States, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have recognized acupuncture as being affective for treating pain and various illnesses and ailments. Also, Chinese Herbal Medicine has become acknowledged for its profound benefit of healing, and in many cases, replacing the need for sustained pharmaceutical use.
 
The use of TCM proves to be less costly than Allopathic medicine and is an all-encompassing medical system for the prevention and management of illness. Along with creating a positive result for your total sense of well-being and health, acupuncture works to balance, harmonize, energize, restore function and comfort.
 
Cosmetic acupuncture is growing in popularity because it has many advantages over surgery including less expense, no ‘down time’, and general health improvements over possible surgical complication.
 
Susan Sandage is a certified practitioner of the Mei Zen Cosmetic System, as taught by Martha Lucas, PhD, L.Ac. And Denise Ellinger L.Ac. The Mei Zen system includes procedures for facial and abdominal needs.
 
 
Cosmetic Acupuncture
 
Facial cosmetic acupuncture can result in:
 
• Improved elasticity
• Reduction or elimination rosacea and acne
• Improvement in fine lines and diminishing of deeper wrinkles
• Improved muscle tone
• Reduction in jowls
• Reduction in puffiness
• Moisturized, softer skin
 
 
Abdominal cosmetic acupuncture can:
 
• Tighten abdominal area
• Reduce measurement resulting in loss of inches
• Improve elasticity (especially helpful post liposuction, after weight loss and post partum)
• Decrease postural and back issues
 
All cosmetic procedures may also result in enhanced energy, improved digestion, better sense of well-being, increased libido, better sleep and reduction in hot flashes.
 
Weight Loss
 
Many clients are successful in weight loss through Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) because it addresses the underlying root issues of weight gain. This plan optimizes acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to balance these issues of weight excess as it pertains to eating problems, lack of energy, water retention, stress, digestive issues, and slow metabolism. Our plan for weight-loss at AHS is as follows:
 
There is no “magic bullet,” when it comes to weight loss. We work together to help you give up pounds and achieve your goal weight. Successful weight management is something that is comprehensive. In our weight loss program, we examine and adapt your eating habits, educate you more on nutrition in the context of TCM, help you understand the mind/body connection using Taoist philosophy, and support you in developing self-awareness skills helpful in health enhancement & weight management. Various techniques are used to help you increase your energy, control cravings, help control your appetite, improve your food choices, prevent comfort eating, decrease water retention, and enhance your metabolism.
 
These methods include:
 
• Acupuncture
• Self-Massage techniques
• Herbal medicine
• Gua-Sha
• Qi Gong exercises, which optimize weight balance & metabolism
 
We regularly offer two free classes to our clients: An Introduction to the Yin & Yang: Energetics of Traditional Chinese Medicine & Nutrition and Meridian Qi Gong Exercise Class, both of which provide insight into the philosophy of TCM and how it applies to weight management & optimizing metabolism, making more health-minded lifestyle choices, staying fit and active, and finding ways to be more comfortable in your body.
Auricular Therapy
 
Auricular acupuncture applies the same principles as traditional acupuncture using a microsystem of points on the ear to treat symptoms elsewhere in the body. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, certain points on the ear correspond to areas throughout the entire body, from the internal organs to the limbs. Stimulation of these points can help to regulate the body’s functions and has been shown to increase the amount of natural endorphins in the blood. The most common applications for auricular acupuncture are the treatments of pain, anxiety, and addiction, but it can be applied to treat nearly any organ or condition. Susan incorporates auricular therapy into many whole body acupuncture treatments since points on the body and ears can work synergistically.
 
Yamamoto New Scalp Acupuncture (YNSA)
 
Like auricular acupuncture, the scalp also serves as a microsystem for treating the body. Named for Dr. Yamamoto, a Japanese physician trained in Anesthesiology, YNSA was developed in the 1970’s as both a diagnostic tool and a therapy for pain. Through palpating and using acupuncture on scalp points located on the front and back of the skull, corresponding positions throughout the body can be treated. YNSA has proven to be extremely effective in relieving chronic pain, both neurological and musculoskeletal. The alleviation experienced during a treatment has been shown to last anywhere from hours to days afterwards.