Why Acupuncture? Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with other forms of care to speed healing and rehabilitation after an emotional trauma, health crisis or pain syndrome. In some cases acupuncture can provide resolution of symptoms effectively enough to prevent the need for surgical intervention.
Acupuncture is also a great method of health prevention. Through this medicine's method of assessment we are able to identify and correct early indicators of imbalance in the body before there is evidence of illness or serious disease.
Allopathic medicine has begun to integrate forms of holistic care into both hospital and clinical settings, where acupuncture, healing touch, reiki, yoga, stress-reduction and mindfulness techniques are becoming increasing useful and effective forms of care. Many healthcare studies have shown that patients in hospital and clinical settings increase recovery time and reduce the dependency for pain medications with the use of integrative or complementary care.
How do Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine work to treat common disorders? The body is like circuit board. if there is a short or block in the system it will not work properly. Acupuncture unblocks and reconnects the pathways and communications of the body, giving it a chance to heal itself.
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points, with sterile one-time use needles, that promote a desired physiological response in the body. These treatment principles may also be achieved through other oriental modalities including herbal therapies and oriental massage techniques.
What are the most commonly treated disorders? The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective therapeutic approach, and has named over forty conditions which respond favorably to acupuncture, including:
Pain syndromes: migraines, headaches, sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain and stiffness, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, automobile and sports injuries, joint pain, strains and sprains.
What is a typical treatment session like? Community Acupuncture
A treatment typically begins with a brief questionnaire for monitoring progress, and then the insertion of five sterile needles into each ear.
Requires a more in depth intake, written and oral, with which the practitioner can make a diagnosis andtreatment plan. Which may involve the insertion of acupuncture needles, a consultation on herbal medicine, foods or exercise and varying other oriental modalities.
At Traditional Roots Healthcare, we arc able to provide treatment at our St Paul location, in community rooms across the region and even outdoors.
Treatments may vary in length from 15-90 minutes depending on what is being done. Acupuncture needles arc commonly left in for 20-30 minutes.
Frequency of treatment can also vary and is customized to your healthcare needs. Once a problem has been resolved. a patient may choose to continue with periodic health maintenance treatments once per month or once per season. The time span of a treatment plan may also vary depending on the condition being treated.
What other treatments might I experience ?
Electro-stimulation- mild electrical current attached to two needles in the body. Typically used to stimulate nerves and reduce pain.
Cupping- the use of fire and glass cups to create a suction cup on the skin. The cups aid in pulling toxins to the surface so that the lymphatics can move them out of the body.
Gua Sha- The repeated scraping of the skin with a smooth, rounded edge. Used to reduce fever, toxins and disease.
Moxibustion- the burning of the herb mugwort over points on the body to help add warmth and increase circulation to desired areas of the body.
Tui’na- bodywork techniques used increase circulation and alleviate pain. Also commonly used to boost immunity and expel pathogens as well as aid in digestion and range of motion. May involve traction and acupressure.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
avoid acupuncture directly following or before strenuous activity
eat at most, two hours prior to treatment
drink plenty of water before AND after
make sure you’ve used the rest room before needling
wear comfortable clothing
turn off your cell phone
notify your practitioner if you have a history of fainting or needle sickness, ear seeds can be used in place of needles
What you can expect during acupuncture Acupuncture points are situated in all areas of the body. Sometimes the appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. Your acupuncture practitioner will tell you the general site of the planned treatment, which involves:
Needle insertion. Acupuncture needles are very thin, so insertion usually causes little discomfort.
Needle manipulation. Your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles after placement or apply heat or mild electrical pulses to the needles.
Needle removal. In most cases, the needles remain in place for 10 to 20 minutes while you lie still and relax.
It is not uncommon for some people feel relaxed, while others feel energized after an acupuncture treatment.
Research Acupuncture was developed over time and is based on empirical evidence and clinical practice. Today, there is a large body of scientific research using randomized and controlled studies to gain a wider understanding as to the specific bio-mechanisms at work during acupuncture treatments.
The benefits of acupuncture are sometimes difficult to measure, but many people find it helpful as a means to control a variety of painful conditions. Since acupuncture has few side effects, it may be worth a try if you're having trouble controlling pain with more-conventional methods.
Acupuncture has fewer side effects thandrug-based treatments. It works faster, and helps the body heal itself.
For example, Acupuncture controls anxiety by affecting the part of the brain that regulates emotions, meaning it reduces anxiety naturally.
Our Training In addition to our Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, our national NCCAOM credentialing, and our licensing through the Minnesota Board of Medicine, we continue our training with ongoing workshops seminars. Specially those pertaining to trauma awareness and treatment approaches.
One body of information we draw upon is from the information taught through the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) training. STARis a research-supported trauma awareness and resilience training program that began in 2001. STAR brings together theory and practices from neurobiology, conflict transformation, human security, spirituality, and restorative justice to address the needs of trauma-impacted individuals and communities.
Another training resource we utilize has been the information taught by the non-profit Acupuncturists Without Borders, through their Healing Community Trauma Trainings. Acupuncturists Without Borders' (AWB) vision is to foster the creation of stable, peaceful global communities through its community-based acupuncture services and training which interrupt the cycles of unresolved trauma.
We at Traditional Roots Healthcare strive to seek out educational opportunities that support our mission and commitment to better serve our local communities.