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Traditional Chinese medicine believes that energy, which the Chinese call Qi or chi flows unhindered on energy pathways called meridians.  When meridians become blocked or obstructed, the yin and yang of the major organs in the body become imbalanced which causes illness.  Acupuncture Bellingham is used then to restore the balance.

Chi is the energy that animates the human body.  Yin and yang are the dual forces in chi similar to the positive and negative forces found in electricity.  The relative balance of these two opposing but complementary forces is what gives well-being to the body.  Yin is associated with the female principle and is inherently passive, dark, cold or moist while yang represents the male principle and is associated with light, active, warm and dry.  No creation or creature is 100% yin or yang.  Every element in nature has yin and yang attributes.  Human beings are product of the yin (female, mother) and the yang (male, father).  This belief is the foundation or principle behind acupuncture.

Acupuncturists can utilize nine types of needles.  The needles differ in length, width of shaft, and shape of head and are usually single-use, disposable needles.  Needles maybe inserted in 15 to 90 degrees to the skin depending on the treatment needed.  Upon insertion, a usual semi-painful sensation maybe felt by the patient called deqi, which is a positive sign for the acupuncturist that the treatment is working.  An acupuncturist may utilize techniques such as raising and thrusting or twirling or rotation among others to achieve a desired stimulation.

Some variations of acupuncture such as electro-acupuncture can be used to quicken or enhance the treatment.  This procedure is used to elicit analgesic effects.  Usually a charge between 5 to 2,000 Hz is applied for this treatment. The higher ranges are commonly used for surgery and the lower frequencies for general analgesic effects.

Electro-acupuncture is a common analgesic procedure for surgery in china nowadays.  Some other modern acupuncture procedures are laser acupuncture and sound waves or Sonopuncture.  Auriculotherapy or Ear Acupuncture is a very effective and popular treatment due to the abundance of meridians on the ear and these meridians connect to many major organs and tissues of the body.  Auricular Acupuncture is a very successful procedure for the treatment of behavioral, chemical and food addiction.

Moxibustion is another popular treatment used by acupuncturists around the world.  This procedure entails the burning of an herb called moxa and applying the burning moxa to the skin or through needles inserted in acupuncture points.  Acupuncture and moxibustion are commonly used together to greatly enhance the healing effect of acupuncture.  Moxibustion is often applied for respiratory disorders such as bronchial asthma or bronchitis or for certain kinds of paralysis and arthritic pain.

Written by Valerie

June 11th, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Posted in Acupuncture