How to achieve the best effect with acupuncture?
The human body has a self-healing function. When the body gets sick, its steady state is disturbed. Acupuncture can help strengthen the body’s self-healing function and also to return to a stable state. However, if you suffer from a chronic illness, it’s just like a ball has fallen into a pit (the ball being the disease) and can’t be taken out. In order to take out the ball, it requires time and energy. By performing the proper diagnosis, where we determine the right acupuncture points, pick out the depth of the needling and the techniques, the potential energy within the body can be awakened and mobilized, bringing the body to a balanced state. With each part of the body being shifted to a better state, the symptoms would slowly disappear and the body will recover.
What Is Qi? What are the factors affecting it?
Qi (“chee”), also known as Life Energy, flows through specific pathways called meridians. Qi is what helps maintain a person’s health as well as protect the body from illness, pain, and disease. There are 14 main meridian pathways and each of them is connected to a specific organ or gland. Qi travels along the 14 meridian pathways to nourish and energize every organ, gland, cell, tissue, and muscle.
A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi. On the other hand, many things affect Qi, such as physical and emotional traumas, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet or excessive activity. All these can all lead to a blockage or an imbalance in Qi.
Normally the body can naturally return to a balanced state of health when an imbalance occurs. But, when this disruption is being dragged on, getting excessive or if the body is in a weak state, that’s when illness, pain or a disease can affect the body.
From the Chinese medicinal standpoint, the reason why the skin sags and wrinkles appear are all due to the weakness and imbalance of Qi. Qi (“chee”) travels along the meridians to nourish, support and energize every cell, tissue, muscle, organ, and gland.
As we age, a variety of things such as poor diet, digestion, circulation or emotional and environmental stresses can lead to the poor flow of Qi, which leads to inadequate muscle tone. Over time, wrinkles and saggy skin appear.
Traditional Chinese Cosmetology has the same history as Traditional Chinese Medicine, beginning with the beauty treatments in the palace. The scope of Traditional Chinese Cosmetology includes reducing wrinkles, spots, and acne. Chinese cosmetic treatments include herbal facial mask, facial acupuncture, meridian massage, cupping and Catgut embedding therapy. There is also the whole body Chinese medicine, acupuncture conditioning, and diet. After years of clinical experience, it appears that acupuncture, facial massage and an appropriate amount of herbal formula are being gladly accepted and loved in the United States.
Health and beauty are inseparable. Only with good health can one have beautiful skin. The biggest advantage of Traditional Chinese Cosmetology is its ability to take care of both the internal and external body. In addition to reducing wrinkles and restoring the elasticity of the skin, there is also the natural glow coming from the inside after getting the treatment.
We use special and fine cosmetic needles and a comfortable technique to enter the muscle layer. This creates space to allow the flow of energy, which is what we call ‘promoting/activating Qi’ in Chinese Medicine. With the energy flowing, the local muscles and skin will be nourished and their elasticity and glow will be restored. Consider your skin to be like the soil on earth. It requires regular replenishment in the form of water and fertilizers. The same applies to your skin. It requires finding the right acupuncture points, just like turning on the right switch in the human body, letting the effect of the message be transmitted to all the parts and mobilizing the energy to reach the right location. By doing so, it awakens and mobilizes the body’s potential, which allows the body to repair by itself and achieve optimal health. With the body being fully replenished, the skin, being the largest organ of the body, will be well-nourished and will achieve a smooth and natural glow.
Our staff at Los Altos Acupuncture Center is committed to offering our community the best treatment and utmost care, by utilizing natural, holistic, and integrated Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture and integrative medical approaches can treat a wide range of conditions, including, but not limited to:
- Autoimmune disorders - Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid dysfunction
- Cancer prevention and support
- Cardiovascular issues — high blood pressure, high cholesterol, varicose veins, angina
- Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Digestive disorders — irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, reflux, hyperacidity, indigestion, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis
- Men’s reproductive health issues — infertility, prostatitis, BPH, sexual dysfunction
- Pain and Musculoskeletal Conditions - back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle sprains/strains or weakness, arthritis, acute injury, repetitive stress injuries, chronic pain, sciatica, recovery from surgery
- Respiratory problems — allergies, asthma, bronchitis, common cold, flu, sinusitis
- Skin Problems — eczema, psoriasis, hives, shingles, acne, cosmetic acupuncture
- Stress, insomnia, anxiety, and other mental/emotional conditions
- Weight management
- Women’s reproductive health issues – infertility, menopausal symptoms, PMS, endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts, painful menstruation, irregular menstruation