Let’s talk about the concept of “disease process”.
Disease is defined as: “a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific signs or symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a direct result of physical injury.”
Process is defined as: “a natural or involuntary series of changes”
Putting this together, when we look at the definition of “disease process,” we would say that it is “a series of natural or involuntary changes that caused a disorder of structure or function, which produces symptoms.”
One of the things that makes our treatment style unique is the fact that we treat the underlying cause of the problem. After we develop a diagnosis of the underlying cause (or disease process), we treat that to resolve the symptom(s). A term that could be used to explain in broad terms that underlying cause of a symptom would be the term disease process.
Let’s use an example of high blood pressure: We view high blood pressure as a symptom of an underlying disease process. A person has long-term emotional stress, which leads to a breakdown of liver function. The liver (known in Oriental medicine as intimately connected to stress in day-to-day living), may have a negative effect on the heart. This, in turn, leads to tension in the blood vessels, increasing the pressure (due to less elasticity) of the fluid in the inside of the blood vessel. Hence, high blood pressure.
Outlined above is obviously one of many potential causes of high blood pressure, however is relatively common and illustrates the fact that a disease process will often lead to a symptom. If a person treats the symptoms only, it will never fully resolve.
Nothing in this document is tended as a replacement for a medical doctor’s diagnosis or treatment.
Let’s look at the actual definition of the word symptom.
SYMPTOM: “a physical or emotional manifestation of an underlying disease process, indicating there is an imbalance.” We look at your symptoms as indicators that there is something wrong a deeper level.
Many people come to us with a particular condition that the doctors diagnosed as a disease. What we have found many times is that the diagnosis is merely a symptom OF a disease.
Example: a person comes in with a diagnosis of “migraines”.
Sounds perfectly straight forward, doesn’t it? Well, unfortunately for the patient, the diagnosis given is usually a description of specific symptoms that are slightly unique for each person, but fall under the diagnostic category of “migraines.”
What we have found clinically is that the body has an imbalance which is the actual and TRUE disease process. The disease process is what is causing the migraines, which is when the symptoms of pain, visual disturbances, etc. appear.
It seems a major misstep in conventional Western medicine lies within a misunderstanding of the following word….SYMPTOM.
It seems that a lot of patients have been asking us lately: “How can I get the most out of the supplements and herbs I take?”
A lot of people take supplements and herbs with all kinds of drinks, and oftentimes either those drinks are cold or on ice.
That can go OK, but the most optimum way to take herbs and/or supplements would be with warm water. The reason for this is that the human body’s temperature is at 98.6°F. The body would best absorb supplements and herbs at close to that temperature, without burning yourself obviously.
TDP stands for Teding Diancibo Pu, in Chinese, which translates to “special electromagnetic spectrum” lamp.
If you’ve been to our clinic, you’ve probably seen these used in the treatment area.
The reason these lamps are so incredibly effective is because there is a mineral plate that has many elements from the earth that sits between the heating element and the body. The lore of this therapeutic heat lamp is that these minerals were discovered in a mine in China where the workers were particularly healthy. The content of that mine’s walls were duplicated in the lamp’s mineral disk.
What we’ve seen clinically is that those minerals seem to infuse into the body, giving a far more intensive therapeutic outcome than just heat. These lamps are used to treat very specific circulation problems in the body. If you have any questions, you can always ask us!
When you first come to our acupuncture clinic, you will meet with one of our health care professionals and our acupuncturists. During your first visit, we conduct a very thorough evaluation and do some preliminary diagnostics to determine your current state of health as well as your health care needs. We will also go over what you can expect from acupuncture and how we are treating you, specifically.
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Yes, it is true…2,000 acupuncture points! Now you can see why the training to become an acupuncturist is so involved. And that’s not even counting the study of anatomy, biochemistry, pharmacology, Chinese herbology, bodywork, nutrition and so on.
Basically, after we establish that we can help somebody using acupuncture, we must establish exactly what points are going to help the person the most.
The combination of points is VERY important. The most effective combination of points gets the body to begin functioning again, similar to the exact combination that opens a safe.
There are specific diagnostic methods that of been in use for literally hundreds and hundreds of years that we use in the clinic that guide us to the best point combination which leads to the most effective healing.
2000 acupuncture points may sound like a lot, but in using the logic of Chinese medicine, anywhere from a very select 4 to 25 points will usually do the trick in a typical treatment.