East Asian Medicine(EAM) is one of the oldest healing systems in the world. Each patient is treated as an individual since they creates their own unique set signs and symptoms. These signs/symptoms are a result of an imbalance or obstruction within the body's energy system known as qi. Imbalance can happen from one or a combination of several factors such as lifestyle, stress, physical trauma, as well as the environment in which you live. Our bodies are innately seeking balance to restore the natural flow of qi and blood. EAM combines a system of techniques that include acupuncture, massage (sotai,tuina) herbal medicine, moxibustion, cupping, electro-stimulation, nutritional therapy, (movement and stretching exercises), breathing exercises and more.
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of anatomical locations on the skin by a variety of procedures to correct these disruptions and restore the body to balance. Acupuncture is often used for the treatment of conditions such as body pain, trauma, injuries, allergies, nausea, head aches, addiction, digestive issues, fatigue, pulmonary problems, skin conditions, gynecological disorders, fertility, stress, insomnia and anxiety to name a few. There are a variety of acupuncture systems and techniques that can be employed to get the best results. Some of these systems are drawn from traditional Chinese family systems, other systems are more modern and are based on anatomy and modern research.
M-TEST M-Test is a specialized acupuncture technique that I find most helpful and is my perfered choice of treatment. This system designed by Yoshito Mukaino, M.D., Ph.D. Professor of Sports Medicine and Internist at Fukuoka University. M-Test is used at Fukuoka University Hospital, athletic department, and is part of the curriculum for first year medical students.M-Test is a simple diagnostic and treatment protocol that provides the practitioner with a comprehensive overview of the patient’s body. M-Test or Meridian Test is a process in which each meridian is tested for areas of pain, imbalance and restriction by assessing quality of movement. Active acupuncture points are tested by repeating impaired movements while gently stimulating points along the affected meridians of the patient. This process is exciting and engaging for the patient because they often see and feel an immediate increase in range of motion and reduction of pain.
If you have ever played competitive sports you know that almost all sports consist of a select number movements that are repeated throughout the competition and are often one sided. Baseball is a prime example of this repetitive motion. These movements can create fatigue and often triggers pain and injury to the muscles involved. The same can be said for repetitive movements in everyday life like those due to work station ergonomics. Musculoskeletal disorders caused from poor ergonomics is one of the leading cause of loss of workday, injury and illness.
The M-Test can be used to detect planes of tension and imbalance across the body before major problems develop. Once problem areas are recognized, and the patient is made aware of an imbalance, a stretching regimen can be devised and training methods can be adapted and injury prevented.Many athletes in Japan continue to use the M-Test after their treatment to monitor their body. In this way, the M-Test can be used as an early warning system for muscle fatigue and imbalance.
Cupping is a Traditional Chinese treatment that uses suctioned glass cups on the skin. Cupping is excellent for reducing back and neck pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions. It also improving digestion, circulation, lymphatic system,and reducing muscle spasms and stress. It is also effective in treating respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia and bronchitis.
Massage I incorporate some form of massage in most all my treatments. I am trained in Traditional Chinese therapeutic massage called Tuina, Foot Reflexology as well as Sotai which is a form of Japanese therapeutic massage. All these forms are very effective and are used according to the patients need at the time of treatment Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. This practice augments the use of regular acupuncture and it has been effectively used as a form of anesthesia; as a pain reliever for muscle spasms; and a treatment for neurological disorders. Other studies have examined the role of electroacupuncture in treating skin conditions such as acne, renal colic, and acute nausea caused by cancer medications.
Chinese Herbal Therapy
Chinese Herbal Medicine is the oldest form of medicine known to mankind. Chinese Herbology contains thousands of ingredients including different parts of plants (roots, stems, leaves, twigs, flowers, fruit, and bark) as well as minerals and animal substances. From this collection of herbs, more than 250 standard formulas, each of which can be modified to fit a patient's individual need. The choice in formula is based on the diagnosis, using a traditional herbal formula as a foundation and adding other herbs specific to the individual's complaint and constitution. The quality and safety of all herbs and materials are laboratory controlled. Herbs are available in a few different forms: raw herbs, powders, capsules, tinctures.