Chinese Acupuncture History

Posted November 20, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture

Chinese acupuncture history can be traced back about 2,000 years, although some authorities claim that it has been practiced in China for over 4,000 years. The Chinese believe that Chinese acupuncture history began during the Stone Age when stone knives or sharp edged tools, described by the character ‘Bian’ were used to puncture and drain abscesses. It is believed that the modern Chinese character ‘Bi,’ representing a disease of pain, is derived from the use of ‘Bian stones’ for the treatment of painful complaints in Chinese acupuncture history. In Chinese acupuncture history, the first record of treating disease dates back to 1500 BC during the Shang Dynasty. In Chinese acupuncture history, the first known acupuncture text is the Nei Jing, or Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine. In Chinese acupuncture history, some authorities date the Nei Jing from 1000 BC. Two main philosophical ideologies influenced Chinese acupuncture history, Taoism and Confucianism. In Chinese acupuncture history, Confucianism was opposed to development of anatomy and surgery, one of its main tenets being that the body must remain complete throughout life and in death. Chinese acupuncture history states that acupuncture was the response to this constraint, as acupuncture was able to cure internal disease with external means. In Chinese acupuncture history, the Taoist concept of health aimed for perfect harmony between the opposing forces of Yin and Yang. In Chinese acupuncture history, the Bian stones were eventually replaced with classical metal needles. The main needle used today is the stainless steel filliform needle, in Chinese acupuncture history. In Chinese acupuncture history, acupuncture points were grouped into a system of channels which run over the body, conducing the flow of qi, or vital energy. In contemporary Chinese acupuncture history, there has been a development of many new methods of acupuncture therapy. In Chinese acupuncture history, in China acupuncture is now used for a variety of ailments as well as major and minor surgery. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Masters of Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs prepare graduates for careers as acupuncture physicians and massage therapists. For program information call Joe Calareso at (305) 595-9500. For acupuncture and homeopathic therapy, request Dr. Richard Browne, Acupuncture Physician and Homeopath. … Read More

Acupuncture Treatment For Sciatica Pain?

Posted October 26, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture

Sciatica is pain in the lower back or hip that radiates down into the back of a leg, often caused by a herniated vertebral disc pressing on the sciatic nerve. When the sciatic nerve is pinched, inflamed, or damaged, pain may radiate along the length of the sciatic nerve to the foot. … Read More

Acupuncture Treats Depression

Posted October 25, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture

Many individuals experiencing depression cannot tolerate the side effects of antidepressant medications and seek alternative management therapies. Complementary and alternative modalities such as stress management, diet therapy, homeopathy, and acupuncture may be helpful for people suffering from depression. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture treat depression by addressing specific depression symptoms that are unique to the individual using a variety of techniques such as Chinese herbal medicine, energetic exercises and tui na massage. Major depression affects more than 11 million people annually in the United States. Extremely common, depression is among the ten more frequently reported medical conditions. Allopathic medicine treats depression with psychotherapy or antidepressive drugs. As an adjunct or stand-alone therapy, acupuncture treats depression. For those with a medical illness complicated by reactive depression such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue, arthritis, cancer, anemia, and endocrine abnormalities, acupuncture treats depression by alleviating physical symptoms occurring in conjunction with depression. Acupuncture treats depression by increasing cerebral serotonin, which has anti-depressant analgesic effects. Insomnia, fatigue and other symptoms of depression can be minimized with acupuncture therapy. In conjunction with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture treats depression by correcting the internal imbalance or root origin of the disease. If you are taking antidepressants, your acupuncture physician can prescribe Chinese herbs that work synergistically with your medications to treat symptoms. Acupuncture treats depression by elevating mood. After one to two months of weekly therapy, individuals typically experience reduced depression symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged acupuncture treats depression effectively. While acupuncture treats depression by resolving symptoms, in order to sustain results, your acupuncture physician may recommend diet and lifestyle modifications. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Masters of Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs prepare graduates for careers as acupuncture physicians and massage therapists. For program information call Joe Calareso at (305) 595-9500. For acupuncture treatment, request Dr. Richard Browne. … Read More

Acupuncture for Stress

Posted September 26, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, stress produces a blockage of qi flow throughout the body. According to TCM, qi, or vital energy, flows through the body through a network of channels, or meridians. Stress may cause qi blockage in the form of shoulder and neck pain or back pain. Qi blockages can cause muscle tension and tightness. Stress often affects other parts of the body, and can manifest as general pain conditions, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, digestive disorders, and headaches. Acupuncture can effectively restore qi flow and resolve energy blockages. Specific acupuncture points selected during treatment can treat the root cause and alleviate symptoms caused by the stress. Acupuncture reduces stress levels by increasing levels of endorphins, natural pain-killing brain chemicals. Acupuncture can lower levels of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, which when elevated causes blood pressure to increase and may cause immune system suppression. Acupuncture also effectively improves blood circulation, which oxygenates tissues, decreases heart rate and relaxes muscles. In cases of stress, qi blockages are often associated with the liver. Your acupuncture physician will select acupuncture points that regulate liver energy while reducing stress-related symptoms. Acupuncture also effectively treats many symptoms at once and induces relaxation. As qi restores to a smooth flow, stress symptoms improve. When acupuncture is combined with moxibustion, cupping and Chinese herbal medicine, the imbalance caused by stagnated or depleted qi is corrected. Acupuncture tonifies and regulates qi flow. In addition to acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine formulas may be tailored into your treatment plan to speed health restoration. Herbs can effectively reduce stress symptoms while enhancing acupuncture therapy. Lifestyle recommendations may incorporate dietary modifications and exercise regimens. Regular exercise, including tai chi and qi gong, can increase qi flow and reduce stress. Dr. Richard Browne, Acupuncture Physician, specializes in acupuncture treatment for a range of health conditions as well as for wellness and health maintenance. Call Dr. Browne at (305) 595-9500 to schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation. … Read More

Treating Stiff Neck Can Reduce Blood Pressure

Posted August 31, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture

Chiropractors have long known that ‘cracking’ the neck to combat pain and stiffness can also lower blood pressure. University of Leeds scientists’ recent findings indicate that treatment for a stiff neck can not only lower blood pressure, but also heart rate and breathing. A team led by Professor Jim Deuchars examined pathways between the neck and the brain to determine how neck muscles could play a role in lowering blood pressure. … Read More

Chinese Medicinal Herbs and Acupuncture May Help Women With Cancer

Posted August 28, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture

Sixty percent of women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer experience a range of short-term side effects. These include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, gut lining inflammation, decreased number of red and white blood cells, and decreased number of blood platelets. Using Chinese herbs and acupuncture alone or in conjunction with chemotherapy may help protect a breast cancer patient’s bone marrow and immune system. … Read More

Cupping and Acupuncture

Posted August 22, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture

Cupping, or suction cup therapy, is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) method of stimulating acupuncture points by applying a glass, bamboo or metal cup to the skin. A vacuum created by heating and depressurizing the air draws the skin and superficial muscle layer into the cup. This technique stimulates blood flow, relaxes congested muscles, treats general stiffness in the body, and relieves back pain. … Read More

Allergy Symptoms Treatable With Acupuncture

Posted August 16, 2007 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under Acupuncture

Acupuncture therapy minimizes asthma, fatigue, sinus headache, and other allergic reactions. Acupuncture focuses on symptom relief while aiding the body’s capacity to process allergens. As a primary therapy modality or in combination with conventional medication, acupuncture effectively addresses the root cause of allergies by correcting the underlying immune system imbalance. … Read More

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