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Acupuncture

Acupuncture Fertility-Infertility Treatment - Boise IdahoAcupuncture refers specifically to the gentle insertion of extremely thin, sterile stainless steel needles into certain specific points on the body for the purpose of re-establishing metabolic harmony and balance. The principle focus of acupuncture is to activate the body’s ability to heal itself naturally.

Acupuncture is now recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of disorders. In 1997, the National Institutes of Health released a consensus statement on acupuncture which confirmed that “there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine.”

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years in China, but it gained prominence in the United States as a result of President Nixon’s visit to China in 1971. Accompanying President Nixon on the trip was James Reston, a New York Times reporter. Reston fell ill with acute appendicitis while in China, and required immediate surgery to remove his appendix. Both the surgery and follow up care were performed at the Anti-Imperialist Hospital in Peking (now Beijing). He received acupuncture to manage his post-operative pain and found this foreign therapy effective at relieving his pain, while also noting that there was no recurrence of the pain after acupuncture treatment. He explained his experience in a New York Times article in July, 1971, generating tremendous public interest in acupuncture.

Ear (Auricular) Acupuncture
The ear is seen as a microsystem in Oriental medicine. In other words, the ear is a miniature representation of an entire individual. There are points on the ear that correspond to all different parts of the body, internal and external. In fact, over 100 acupuncture points are identified on the ear alone. Ear (auricular) therapy is usually incorporated into regular acupuncture treatment but can also be used as a standalone approach for certain disorders. Ear acupuncture points may be stimulated for an extended period of time by applying ear seeds. In this case, small seeds from the Vaccaria plant are held in place on the ear with adhesive tape for up to a few days in order to extend the benefits of acupuncture treatment.

Electro-Acupuncture
Electro-acupuncture is a procedure in which low levels of electrical current are run through acupuncture needles while they are retained in the patient. Electro-acupuncture is especially effective for certain types of painful conditions. When receiving electro-acupuncture, an individual may feel a slight sensation in the local area, but the process is not painful. Different waveforms and frequencies are utilized for different disorders and treatment plans.

Cupping
Acupuncture Boise - Cupping Treatment for Back PainThe cupping therapy is a process by which the practitioner creates a vacuum inside of a small, glass cup adhered to the patient’s skin. The cup may then be moved over an area or simply left in place for a few minutes. In this way, acupuncture points are stimulated through suction. Cupping is designed to increase circulation and also relieve muscle tension and tightness. Many of our clients report that the sensation of cupping feels similar to receiving deep tissue massage. Cupping may cause the skin to temporarily turn red.

Moxibustion
Moxibustion is a process by which a Chinese herb, mugwort, is burned near the skin in order to warm acupuncture points. Moxibustion is especially appropriate for certain types of disorders and certain types of individuals. A small portion of the herb may be placed on the end of a needle and burned, or the herb may be held near the patient’s skin by the practitioner as it burns. Moxibustion is helpful for certain types of painful conditions and for balancing individuals who require more warming (Yang) energy.

Tuina
Tuina literally translates as “push, grasp” and is the name given to Chinese medical massage. It involves many massage techniques that make use of the acupuncture points and the acupuncture meridian system.