Every patient is unique and requires unique treatment. After an Initial Oriental Medical Examination, the Acupuncturist can determine what will be the most efficient and most effective treatment:
- Acupuncture (we use sterile one-time use Japanese-style needles, which are the highest quality, most gentle acupuncture needles manufactured in the world)
- Chinese Herbal Medicine (we use the highest quality herb granules available and compose individualized formulas for each patient)
- Oriental Nutrition Counseling
- Health and Wellness Workshops
Classical Pulse Diagnosis
Energy moves from each of the 12 organs in your torso to specific positions on the radial artery, on the wrist below your thumb. The function and strength of each organ is evaluated by the quality and strength of the blood flow in those specific positions. The acupuncturist will place his/her fingers over the pulse on your wrist.
- A normal, healthy pulse has moderate speed and strength and feels just like blood [of course!].
- It is not fast or slow.
- It is not excessive [pushing the fingers off the pulse] or deficient [difficult to feel].
- Most importantly, the pulse does not have a quality other than that of blood.
Normal and healthy blood is viscous; it’s thicker than water, but not as thick as motor oil, for example.
In Oriental Medicine, there are 28 pulse qualities. One is normal, and 27 indicate problems.
Classical Tongue Diagnosis
1. The color is a lustrous, healthy red [not purple, bright red, pale, pink, etc.].
2. The coat is thin and white: it covers the tongue’s entire top surface [not clear, yellow, thick, etc.]
3. The size is average [not long or short].
4. The shape is round [without bumps, cracks, toothmarks, depressions, pointedness, swelling, or anything else unusual].
If your tongue is not normal, it shows problems exist in your body.
Organ Imbalances and Circulatory Problems
A state of abnormal organ function can be due to deficiency or excess, and can lead to other problems down the road. The organs are the lungs, large intestine, stomach, spleen, liver, gall bladder, pericardium, heart, small intestine, kidneys and bladder. Every one of these organs interacts with every other. Imbalances in the liver, for example, affect the spleen adversely.
Circulation may not be moving smoothly from the organs to the rest of the body. This congests the muscles, nerves, and other tissues and affects the normal transmission of body impulses. The function and healing process of vital body parts are often affected.
Organ imbalance and circulatory problems can be caused by any physical, emotional or chemical stress the person cannot adapt to. In the early stages, circulatory problems affect only muscles, ligaments or organs. Although extreme pain has been observed in some cases, it is more often noticed as a discomfort, or not noticed at all.
However, if the condition is allowed to go untreated, the body will attempt to help support the affected area, but may deform instead. As the muscles become more rigid, the area starts to degenerate.
The longer the condition is allowed to go untreated, the less chance there is for recovery. What began as a minor problem or discomfort may lead to irreversible damage.