My brother Jeff lives in Washington State, having moved there about 14 years ago. He is a practicing acupuncturist/chinese herbalist. He has a thriving business in Washington where on every street corner you see a health food store or yoga/massage studio.
When I tell people about my brother and I get to the Chinese Medicine part, they seem to look puzzled. Did he study in China? Is he adopted? (Because clearly I am not of Asian descent) The truth is, he started studying this method of natural healing before he finished college. He just did not realize it at the time. 🙂 After getting a degree in communications and going into graphic design, like his big sister, he landed in The New England School of Acupuncture. He became a LAc, CA at the school. You can find him at Acupuncture Mediaworks.
My brother Jeff studying this ancient art of healing and comprehensive health was pretty impressive. My mom always wanted a doctor in the family (just not sure this type was what she was thinking). TRaditional Chinese Medicine has been practiced for more than 4000 years in diagnosing, treating and preventing disease. It enhances recuperative power and strengthens immunity. Chinese medicine encompasses acupuncture, herbs, and nutrition, along with body work and breathing exercises (Qi Gong). The basic principles of this method of treatment is balance and harmony in the human body, the ying yang concept. It is said that when things are not in balance in the body, then the body is not cohesive and becomes disrupted in its ability to heal.
Acupuncture is based on Qi (pronounced chee). The Qi has many channels that flow thorughout the body. When something is not working properly the Qi becomes clogged or blocked and needs to be reopened or illness may occur. Acupuncture points are along our line of Qi. When we use acupuncture, we open up the blocked channels allowing the Qi to flow and our bodies to be balanced once again. Our bodies can now easily heal itself as it was intended to do.
Acupuncture requires the use of extremely fine, sterilized needles. The needles are so fine you can barely see them. They are more like a metal filament. The are gently tapped just below the skin on points of the Qi helping to unblock the path, so the energy in or bodies can flow freely. Even I can handle acupuncture needles. I am the type of person who has t close their eyes and hold someones hand to get an injection. 🙂 When the needles are inserted, all you feel is a tap from the practitioner. Once the needle is in place, you really do not feel much. The most I have ever felt is a slight tingling sensation in the area.
Treatments usually last for about 1 hour. Most health issues require more then one visit. You do get some instant relief when going for a treatment. Depending on the severity of the problem, usually determines how quickly you can feel the benefits of acupuncture.
Another method of treating health issues without using needles is the method of cupping. Cupping is the use of suction to increase circulation in an area of the body that requires treatment. The only thing with cupping is that the suction leaves a mark that will go away after a couple of days. The mark resembles a large hickie or bruise.
Moxibustion is another method of healing as well. In this instance, an herb is burned and the heat of the herb is used in the healing process. It is for treating specific areas of the body. This is a great treatment for colds
Any of these named modalities of natural healing can be used in conjunction with one another. For maximum results, always research a practitioner thoroughly and try to obtain testimonials from previous or current clients of that practitioner.