Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

Oriental medicine encompasses a variety of health care therapies, and is an integrative medicine unto itself. Acupuncture and herbology are the most popular treatments in the United States. Other aspects of oriental medicine include: diet, nutrition, lifestyle counseling, tai qi (martial arts/ physical exercise), tui na (pushing/grasping) which is a manual technique for the treatment of the muscles and joints, zheng gu (correct bone) which is a joint mobilization technique, cupping (gently drawing the skin into cups with suction), gua sha (stimulation of the skin by a round-edged instrument), and feng shui (environmental balance).

Oriental Medicine looks at illnesses from a different perspective than conventional medicine. The underlying principle of oriental medicine is that we have a life force that energizes all the metabolic activity in our bodies, and this life forces (often referred to as "Qi") is always moving and flowing. When qi flows unimpeded, we are healthy. When qi is blocked, we experience pain and ultimately disease. The treatment strategy is to find the areas of blocked energy, and help remove those blocks, which in turn helps the body return to its natural healthy state.

Acupuncture can be used for many conditions. Click here for the list of conditions which can be treated with acupuncture, according to the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

How Does This System Work?

It has been scientifically determined that human beings are actually unique bioenergetic systems. For thousands of years Oriental Medicine has acknowledged that there is a vital life force that flows through all things, which is called "Qi." In the west it is often referred to as "energy." Energy (Qi) flows along pathways in the human body, which are related to the organs and the tendo-muscular system. When the balance of this energy is disturbed due to trauma poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions environmental factors, or excessive emotional issues; pain or illness results.

Oriental medicine focuses on correcting these energetic imbalances by breaking up any obstruction and encouraging an even flow of Qi, which stimulates the body's natural ability to heal itself. From a western perspective acupuncture works by modulating the the central nervous system by influencing the brains neurochemistry.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a medical system that has been used for over 23 centuries. It can remedy acute or chronic ailments, relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, and strengthen the immune system.

What Is The Painless Acupuncture Method?

A system of acupuncture therapeutics developed by Dr. Scott Denny which employs special needle techniques which results in a virtually pain free treatment. This method took years to perfect and is only administered by Dr. Denny. Acupuncture treatment does not need to be painful in order to produce a favorable treatment outcome.

What Is The Treatment Like?

Extremely fine, hair-thin, flexible needles are placed at specific points on the energetic pathways, known as meridians. When the needles are inserted, you may experience a sensation of tingling or warmth. People are surprised to find that treatments are actually quite relaxing.

Is It For You?

Oriental Medicine is used not only for pain management, but also as a comprehensive system of health care and health maintenance. Athletes use Oriental Medicine to achieve optimum performance levels. Cancer patients are treated for the side effects of chemotherapy to enhance their quality of life. Detoxification treatments have been proven to help those with chemical and/or dependency problems.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only. Relatively few complications from the use of acupuncture have been reported to the FDA in light of the millions of people treated each year and the number of acupuncture needles used.

What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is an acupuncture technique in which trigger points and other tight and tender points are stimulated with a specialized thrusting technique. Dr. Denny has received extensive training in this technique at Tri-State College, and has decades of experience. Unlike physical therapists and chiropractors who perform this technique with little training,  Dr. Denny has extensive training. It is Dr. Denny's opinion that it is a clear public health risk to allow healthcare providers with as little as 4 weekends of education to perform this service. To learn more about dry needling please read our Trigger Point Dry Needling page.  To learn more about acupuncture education and styles click here.

Please click here the the NIH Acupuncture Consensus Report. For more information of acupuncture please click here. To see the World Health Organization Acupuncture opinion please click here. You can also see what how the Cleveland Clinic is using acupuncture by clicking here.

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