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About Acupuncture & Acupressure

Acupuncture is a healing modality originally from Asia. It uses different techniques to help people heal.

What is an acupuncturist? Someone who has competed a minimum of 1800 hours of specialized medical training in the the theory and application of various technhiques including the use of filiform needles (solid needles) to help restore health.

What is NOT a fully trained acupuncturist? Someone who has had only limited training (at most 300 hours) but uses acupuncture needles and calls it something else (i.e. Trigger point therapy and Dry Needling are two examples).

Why does it matter? Read the news, many people claiming to do acupuncture (or dry needling, or trigger point therapy, or whateve name they want to call it) are causing public safety issues by causing pneumothorax (collapsed lung), punctured organs and other problems in their patients. One such incident was caused by a massage therapist doing "acupuncture". If you get acupuncture make sure the practitioner is fully trained. Look for L.Ac. after their name as well as NCCAOM certification (national board - required for licensure in most states).

In depth information regarding acupuncture can be found at the Acupuncture.com web site (not affiliated with DBHC). Our Training and Type of needles used is at the bottom of this page. These modalities include:

  • Acupuncture with needles
  • Acupressure, acupuncture without needles
  • Cupping
  • Gua Sha
  • Tui Na (Chinese therapeutic massage)
  • Moxa (aged Mugwort herb)
  • Auricular Acupuncture with needles or with ear seeds)
  • Koryo (Korean) Hand Therapy
  • Scalp Acupuncture

Model of Points

The World Health Organization (WHO) research recognizes Acupuncture for many conditions including:

  • Pain
  • Infections
  • Neurological disorders
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Digestive disorders
  • Blood disorders
  • Urogenital disorders
  • Gynecological and Obstetric disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Pediatric disorders
  • Sense organ disorders
  • Skin disorders
  • Cancer as an adjunct therapy

The World Health Organization Interregional Seminar drew up the following provisional list of diseases that lend themselves to acupuncture treatment. The list is based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on controlled clinical research; furthermore, the inclusion of specific diseases are not meant to indicate the extent of acupuncture's efficacy in treating them.

Neurological and Musculo-skeletal Disorders

  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Headache and migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial palsy (i.e., within three to six months)
  • Pareses following a stroke
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Sequelae of poliomyelitis (i.e., within the first six months)
  • Meniere's disease
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Intercostal neuralgia
  • Cervicobrachial syndrome
  • "Frozen shoulder"
  • "Tennis elbow"

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Spasms of esophagus and cardia
  • Hiccup
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
  • Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute bacillary dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralytic ileus

Upper Respiratory Tract

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold
  • Acute tonsillitis

Respiratory System

  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)

Disorders of the Eye

  • Acute conjunctivitis
  • Central retinitis
  • Myopia (in children)
  • Cataract (without complications)

Disorders of the Mouth

  • Toothache, post-extraction pain
  • Gingivitis
  • Acute and chronic pharyngitis

Training and Needles used at DBHC

We are trained primarily in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or Oriental Medicine using the 8-Principle theories. We are also trained in 5-Element theory, and in Dr. Tan's channel theory. Visit our About Us page for more detailed information.

We use Korean DBC needles and Japanese Seirin needles to ensure the best treatment and least painful treatment for our patients.Our needles are single use only and come in pre steralized packs. See images below:

DBC Needles Seirin Needles

 

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