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Bellvue Acupuncture and Moxibustion

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Acupuncture and Moxibustion have been part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years in China.  Now these two are one of the most popular forms of alternative medical treatments in the world.  Acupuncture treatment is the use of hair thin sterile needles inserted into specific areas called acupuncture points.  The needles are manipulated in such a way to elicit a desired response.  The acupuncture points are connected to a network of meridians spread throughout the body just like the circulatory and nervous systems of the body.  These meridians are energy channels where Chi, or “vital life” travels.  Chi is what energizes and gives the body strength and growth.  Without chi, the body dies.  Sometimes blockages arise in the meridians and hinder chi flow.  When chi stagnates or flows poorly, diseases and illnesses set in.  Acupuncture corrects these imbalances.  Acupuncture is now widely accepted as a treatment for many types of illnesses in the United States and all over the world.  When the needles are inserted, the patient feels just a slight tingling sensation.  The needles are left in the body for about 20 to 40 minutes depending on the treatment .  During treatment, the patient is flooded with a sense of relaxation and comfort.

The acupuncturist sometimes may use other complementary techniques such as moxibustion.  This is a treatment where an herb called mugwort is burned on the skin in order to maximize the effect of acupuncture treatment.  Acupuncture together with moxibustion is an effective remedy for a plethora of ailments.  With or without moxibustion though, acupuncture has built a credible reputation of being an exceptional alternative form of treatment for many diseases and sicknesses.  The World Health Organization acknowledges the effectiveness of acupuncture and lists the number of ailments or the symptoms of diseases, disorders and sicknesses it has known to treat.  Some diseases are more treatable with acupuncture combined with moxibustion than many modalities Western medicine offers.

Pain and injuries from the musculoskeletal system are treatable with Bellvue acupuncture.  When disease or damage affects this system, pain and distress are usually the results.  Three types of damage that usually happens to the musculoskeletal system are injury or sprain caused by a traumatic experience such as a sporting activity or a street accident, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  For sudden injuries or sprains, acupuncture has an immediate effect and depending on the extent of the damage, treatment may just take a day or two or it may last several weeks.  Usually the needles are inserted in the painful and tender areas of the body.  With osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, the treatment usually takes a little longer and it may be just to for pain relief.  Treatment may take weeks and only after 4 or 5 sessions does the effect of the treatment start to manifest for many patients.  Nevertheless, the patient always comes out revitalized and relaxed after every session.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2011 at 3:46 am