Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on a philosophy of oneness. The human being is a microcosm of the universe. All energy and matter in existence are part of the whole and each part contains the whole. This is true holism and is equivalent to the fundamental theories of quantum mechanics as well as many religious precepts.
The body mind spirit must operate in harmony with its environment for optimum health.
Acupuncture = Energetics = Bioenergetics
Acupuncture truly addresses Wholeness. Acupuncture deals with the fundamental energy of life—the vital force, the qi, the ki, the prana that generates health and activity in all individuals. Because Acupuncture addresses the fundamental energy of life, the electromagnetic wave patterns that precede and form our physical beings, it has the inherent capacity to address every aspect of health. It is effective in bringing increased well being to all — from the healthiest individuals to the most profoundly ill.
How does acupuncture work?
Many people ask how does acupuncture work. It is a mysterious force that is not clearly understood. Scientists have begun to systematically measure the effects of acupuncture. For example, the University of California, Irvine is doing extensive research on acupuncture under the direction of Cheung and his scientific scrutiny supports its effectiveness. Yet still it is not clear how it works.
The life force is movement and change. In a living being, there is much integrated movement through an inherent vibratory patterning. We know that molecular and atomic properties generate constant electron and proton shifts. Thus, each atom, each molecule, each organ, each body structure has a vibratory pattern with a corresponding electromagnetic field. (For example, the brain and heart’s field can be measured in the form of the EEG and EKG.) The organs link together to form the body and combine their electromagnetic fields into a unified whole, vibrating in unison rhythmically. It is through these fields, these vibrations that the body communicates health or disease. Thus, I like to think of acupuncture as a technique that tunes the vibrating field, the musical instrument that is your body. When all of the strings of our energy fields are tuned beautiful harmonies result. Thus acupuncture can help all of us achieve maximum health by tuning and balancing these fields.
What does acupuncture treat?
In previous times acupuncture was used in China to maintain health. The energy field of the body was brought into balance when and if any untoward shifts occurred. If one became ill the acupuncturist lost face and would treat the sick person without payment. People paid for treatment to remain healthy. What a far cry from the “health” care system of today. As acupuncture was introduced into this country only the most desperately ill sought treatment—this was their last, desperate stop for help. Now acupuncture is seen by most people as a system to relieve pain. Many are unaware of the wide applications in which acupuncture is effective. Acupuncture has a positive, healing effect on all systems of the body. To name only a few, acupuncture is effective for a whole host of digestive problems, for sports injuries, for menstrual irregularities, for impotence, for hormonal imbalances, for immune system dysfunction, for chronic fatigue, for Bell’s Palsy, for stroke victims, for colds and flus, for depression, for addiction control. Call our office and inquire if acupuncture can be effective for you.
Can acupuncture be used on healthy people?
Acupuncture enhances health significantly. Acupuncture fine tunes the body and helps it adapt to the changing seasons and fluctuations of life. Acupuncture deepens meditative states, induces transcendent experiences, increases vitality, promotes sexuality, and enhances inner joy and peace. Acupuncture is best used as a tool to fine tune your instrument, to restore balance, to promote health and to ward off sickness.
Is acupuncture accepted in this country?
Acupuncture is in its infancy in this country with only 2% of the population having been treated. The increasing acceptance of acupuncture in this country is fueled by its effectiveness. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has deemed acupuncture to be a successful tool in the treatment of those conditions for which they have performed studies. Based on their beginning stages of research findings, there is much excitement in the scientific and medical field for this thousands of years old practice. Acupuncture is now covered by some insurance plans and some HMOs have employed licensed acupuncturists. Many court systems throughout the country now require drug and alcohol addicts to undergo an acupuncture protocol as part of their treatment ‘sentence’. New York City’s experience over the past ten years supports acupuncture’s effectiveness.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is most effective when administered by a thoroughly trained practitioner. We at D’Amore Natural Healing Center utilize sterilized, single-use, surgical steel needles that are extremely fine. There is minimum pain (as opposed to the ancient Chinese use of bamboo slivers or stone shards as the implement of choice). In twenty-five years of practice, I have never seen a single infection caused by an acupuncture treatment (knock on wood).
What is the experience of acupuncture like?
The experience is remarkable. The most seriously ill patient will often feel no pain upon the insertion of the needle and will report only minor sensations and a feeling of relaxation. The healthiest patient will experience a brief moment of pain as the needle pricks the skin, akin to a mosquito bite, and then a surge of energy will travel along the meridian (the line of energy) or throughout the body. A reduction of pain or “dis-ease”, an improvement in function, a deep sense of relaxation and a powerful surge of energy will result. The effect is often magical as the body is brought into a deeper state of wholeness.