What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system. Practitioners of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine System (TCM) have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.
What does an acupuncturist do?
During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam will be conducted which includes a pulse and tongue evaluation.
Gathering this information enables Stephanie to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. She can then create a well structured treatment plan.
Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, Stephanie will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself ultimately leading to optimal health and wellbeing.
What is Qi?
At the core of this ancient medicine is the philosophy that Qi (prounouced CHEE), the vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
How does Qi move?
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are fourteen main meridians inside the body. Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.
Some of the ailments acupuncture can treat:
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If the flow of Qi is disrupted, blocked or out- of balance, it will not circulate freely within your meridian pathways. When this occurs, it can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms that can result in less-than optimal health and may ultimately hinder your performance.
Acupuncture can help
· Reduce Swelling
· Improve Range of Motion
· Reduce Stiffness and tension
· Strengthen your body
· Shorten Recovery Time
· Treat acute sprains and strains
· Address injury causing symptoms
· Improve performance
Cupping is a lesser-known treatment that is also part of Oriental medicine, one that can provide an especially pleasant experience.Cupping is the term applied to a technique that uses small glass cups or bamboo jars as suction devices that are placed on the skin. There are several ways that a practitioner can create the suction in the cups. One method involves swabbing rubbing alcohol onto the bottom of the cup, then lighting it and putting the cup immediately against the skin. Suction can also be created by placing an inverted cup over a small flame, or by using an alcohol-soaked cotton pad over an insulating material (like leather) to protect the skin, then lighting the pad and placing an empty cup over the flame to extinguish it. Flames are never used near the skin and are not lit throughout the process of cupping, but rather are a means to create the heat that causes the suction within the small cups.
Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin (often referred to as "gliding cupping). The suction in the cups causes the skin and superficial muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage - rather than applying pressure to muscles, it uses gentle pressure to pull them upward. For most patients, this is a particularly relaxing and relieving sensation. Once suctioned, the cups are generally left in place for about ten minutes while the patient relaxes. This is similar to the practice of Tui Na, a traditional Chinese medicine massage technique that targets acupuncture points as well as painful body parts, and is well known to provide relief through pressure.
Cupping removes Qi blockages and any "stuck" blood, along with ridding your body of toxins- which suppress your immune system. Generally, cupping is combined with acupuncture in one treatment, but it can also be used alone. The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles, encourage blood flow, and sedate the nervous system (which makes it an excellent treatment for high blood pressure). Cupping is used to relieve back and neck pains, stiff muscles, anxiety, fatigue, migraines, rheumatism, and even cellulite. For weight loss and cellulite treatments, oil is first applied to the skin, and then the cups are moved up and down the surrounding area.
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years; in fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means "acupuncture-moxibustion." The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health.
Indirect moxibustion is currently the more popular form of care because there is a much lower risk of pain or burning. In indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick, roughly the shape and size of a cigar, and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Another form of indirect moxibustion uses both acupuncture needles and moxa. A needle is inserted into an acupoint and retained. The tip of the needle is then wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and the surrounding area. After the desired effect is achieved, the moxa is extinguished and the needle(s) removed.
World Health Organization: Conditions that Acupuncture Treats
low back pain
periarthritis of the shoulder
facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
induction of labor
correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
nausea and vomiting
adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
acute bacillary dysentery
acute and chronic gastritis
and so much more!!!
Acupuncture is offered at 3 locations including a home office for women and children.
$90 first initial consultation and $70 after that.
$35 Mini treatments (less needles, less time)
Home office visits are $60 (Women, children, friends, family, close referrals ONLY)
SUMMER TIME BEACH RENTAL VACATION IN HOME PACKAGES
While enjoying a stay in the Indiana Dunes, plan a moment of clarity and rejuvenation with an at home group 2 hour holistic well being experience. Explore your senses with simple stretching, Qi Gong, Breath work, Acupuncture, Essential Oils and Sound Healing.
Single Person- $100
2 People - $175
3-5 People $215
6-8 People - $425
9- 12 People - $600