The core of this ancient Chinese medicine is the philosophy that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or life energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps animate the body and protect it from pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. There is a classical Chinese explanation that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
Acupuncture is the science of improving the flow of Qi through these meridians by needling the acupuncture points. The Acupuncturist’s needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments may be able to help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in digestion, absorption and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by the Acupuncturists efforts can potentially stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and may be able to promote improved physical and emotional well-being. This can help facilitate the restoration of the flow of Qi – the vital life force that flows throughout the body.*
Dr. Shipe’s advanced knowledge of oriental medicine techniques enables him to also use moxa to warm regions and acupuncture points to help stimulate circulation and promote a smoother flow of blood and Qi. Traditional Chinese Medicine utilizes Moxibustion against cold and dampness in the body, and has even been used to turn breech babies. Dr. Shipe may, as part of his integrative medicine, use acupuncture in combination with moxa, depending on the direction of Qi flow they wish to stimulate.*
Acupoint Injection Therapy
AIT herbs, Acupuncture Point Injection or Acupoint Injection Therapy (AIT) is an integrative therapy that blends the best of Chinese Medicine with conventional and homeopathic medicine. Employing this technique, AIT certified Acupuncture Physicians inject natural therapeutic substances, such as homeopathic remedies or vitamins, into acupuncture points specific to your wellness needs as part of their Holistic Therapy. By stimulating powerful acupuncture points with proven natural substances, we can affect the body on a deeper level and promote a healing climate. AIT has been reported effective for the resolution of acute and chronic pain in the body, particularly in the shoulder, back, knee and neck, with past clients. Holistic Medicine often provide a wide range of alternative therapies beyond narrowly proscribed western techniques.*
We also use AIT techniques with many of our weight loss protocols, Cosmetic Acupuncture programs, and even B-12 injections. Sometimes referred to as “biopuncture”, in order to use AIT as a therapy acupuncture physicians must complete additional didactic and clinical training beyond their traditional education. An additional certification in AIT must be earned in order to practice this technique.
We understand a lot of people (ourselves included) get nervous when they hear the word “injection.” Let us reassure you, the needles we use are of the smallest size and finest quality available, resembling no other hypodermic you may have encountered. This is a gentle modality that works with the body in order to achieve optimal health.
Qi gong (pronounced “chi-gong”), is one of the most ancient health exercises which has been passed down from generation to generation in China for over 3,000 years. More than just an exercise, it can be used as part of a program to improve or restore health. With practice, the subtle movements of Qi gong, the breathing patterns and emptiness of the mind may be able to make positive changes occur in the body by balancing circulation and stimulating internal organs. Qi gong provides something for everyone no matter their age or fitness level, and is easy to learn. It can be a beneficial way to relax after the day’s work is over, optimize athletic performance, or strengthen the body to avoid disease.*
Using nature and your imagination as your guide, the ear appears to resemble an upside down baby in the womb. The earlobe would represent the head of the baby and top of the ear would represent the lower part of the body. The ridge of the ear would represent the spinal column and the concave areas of the ear would represent your internal organs. Based on this imagery, Chinese physicians over thousands of years have refined ear treatments to heal various imbalances in the body.
The ear contains hundreds of small acupoints that correspond to body systems. Small seeds from the Vaccaria plant are often used as well as tiny silver or gold pellets due to their small round size to place continual pressure on these acupoints. The seeds or pellets are placed on the back of a Band-Aid or tape to hold them in place against the ear. Once stimulated, the acupoints help move the flow of Qi and blood in the body, assisting to balance organs and restore health. Many modern scientific tests and studies confirm the effectiveness of ear treatments when diagnosed and treated by skilled acupuncture physicians.*
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine is a powerful method of healing that treats the underlying condition while rarely causing unwanted side effects. When Qi is depleted due to trauma, stress, accidents or other causes and Chinese Medicine helps to restore it. Herbs help the body’s organ networks by replenishing the Qi that allows them to perform their tasks. Some herbal formulas are used to help relieve ailments such as colds, allergies or cramps while others fortify the body’s defenses and immunities. Herbal treatments are given as boiled tea, bottled extracts, ground powders, capsules, tea pills or injections.*
Cupping therapy is an ancient Chinese form of alternative medicine in which a local suction is created on the skin. The skin is pulled up which allows healthy blood to flow under the stagnated/painful area in order to promote healing. Suction is created using a hand or electrical pump.*
Tuina, (pronounced “twee-nah,”) is a form of Chinese manipulative therapy often used in conjunction with acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Chinese herbal medicines and qigong. Tuina is a hands-on body treatment that uses Chinese Taoist and martial arts principles in an effort to bring your body into balance. Dr. Shipe may brush, knead, roll/press and rub the areas between each of the joints to open the body’s Qi, getting the energy moving in the meridians and the muscles. Dr. Shipe can then use range of motion, traction and massage, with the stimulation of acupressure points. These techniques are used to aid in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.*
Gua Sha is a straightforward technique commonly used in Asia by practitioners of traditional medicine in both the clinical setting and in homes. In Gua Sha, the skin is pressured in strokes by a round-edged instrument. This, in Western terms, extravagates blood and metabolic waste congesting the surface tissues as well as muscles, promoting normal circulation and metabolic processes. By resolving fluid and blood stasis, Gua Sha is valuable in the treatment of pain, the prevention and treatment of acute infectious illness as well as upper respiratory and digestive problems, in addition to many acute or chronic disorders.*
Acupuncture for Smoking & Substance Abuse
Are you a smoker? Kick the habit oriental style! Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture to help strengthen an individuals’ will to quit, calm cravings and control the side effects of withdrawal. Make the decision to stop now.
Stop smoking for your health and stop for your family’s health! Please call today to schedule your FREE Consultation! Say “I’ll Do It!” Acupuncture may be able to help people recover from addiction to tobacco, drugs and alcohol. It is used in clinics throughout the United States. Acupuncture can decrease cravings for drugs and alcohol, reduce withdrawal symptoms, relieve tension, and help people relax. Using acupuncture treatments, it will clear the mind, build energy, and give you a sense of wellbeing.*
According to Chinese tradition, placing acupuncture needles in the ear affect specific organs such as the liver and kidneys. Western science has confirmed that acupuncture treatments change levels of chemicals in the body and act on the nervous system. Acupuncture itself is not a substitute for therapy but is used in addition to counseling and self-help programs.
How it all began: One day in the early 1970’s, H.L. Wen, MD, then the only neurosurgeon in all of South China and Hong Kong, was preparing to use electro-acupuncture as surgical analgesia. The patient, who happened to be experiencing withdrawal symptoms from opium at the time, reported that his symptoms had disappeared. Wen canceled the surgery and scouted the hospital for other patients in withdrawal. He administered his pre-op procedure to them and their symptoms also ceased. And that is how acupuncture for substance abuse was born.
Why Acupuncture for Detox?
- Reduce the physical symptoms of withdrawal
- Relieve depression, anxiety, and insomnia
- Relieve withdrawal symptoms including cravings, body aches, headache, nausea, sweating, muscle cramping, etc.
The acupuncture detoxification program is an ideal partner with other programs. It can help alleviate withdrawal symptoms so mental and physical stability can be achieved. This gives a new level of comfort allowing for more effective counseling. Twelve Step program participation, or participation in any other treatment program is considered important.
In addition, acupuncture…
- Can be used safely with any other health condition.
- Does not utilize other abusable, addictive drugs for treatment
- Can be effectively done on an outpatient basis
The Acupuncture Treatment:
Five tiny needles are placed in each ear, and then the client rests quietly for 20 minutes. This is a good time to relax, meditate or think about changes to be made in your life. In detoxification treatment, points in the ear correspond to specific organs including the lungs, liver, kidneys and nervous system. One of the points is for relaxation. The treatment triggers the release of natural body chemicals, including endorphins, which help reduce cravings for drugs, easing withdrawal symptoms, and increasing relaxation.
How Will I feel During the Treatment?
Once the needles have been placed, your ears may tingle or feel warm. Some people even fall asleep. These are normal responses. Some people say they feel very relaxed when they are having a treatment; others don’t feel much at all. Even if you don’t feel much, you are getting benefit from treatment. Acupuncture is most effective after a series of treatments over a period of time.
The Detoxification Process
During detoxification, your body filters out toxins that you have been storing up and blood circulation begins to improve. Sometimes during the detoxification period you may feel achy, not sleep well, be cranky, or even have drug dreams. Please let the acupuncturist know if you have any of these symptoms so that additional acupuncture points can be added to your treatment.
How to Receive Maximum Benefit from Treatment
- Treatment time should be used to quietly relax and reflect or meditate.
- Let the acupuncturist know if you have any other health problems.
- Do not smoke cigarettes or drink coffee in the half hour before and after treatment.
Acupuncture treatments are based on frequent treatments for a few weeks on a declining protocol as your body strengthens and your cravings subside. If relapse occurs or something stressful happens in your life, then additional treatments are recommended.
If you are looking for additional support and encouragement during this process, you should consider joining AA, NA or Quitza the smoke free social network!