So what is all this?
In Nov. of 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stated “There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value”. The same panel noted that the World Health Organization identified more than 40 conditions for which acupuncture may be helpful.
The oldest record for Acupuncture dates back to 1600BC. Modern medicine, the way we understand it today, started in the early 19th century. The integration of Asian Medicine and Western Medicine is in our near future and will have great benefits to our Healthcare system.
Acupuncture: The practice of inserting sterile hair-thin needles in the skin at specific locations onto the body.
“Does it hurt?” is a question often asked to patients after there treatment by friends and family. The answer is NO!
Some of our patients even laugthed when they first get needdled and realize it was nothing like what they expected. It would take about 25 acupuncture needles to fit into an 18-gauge hypodermic needle tip that is used when receiving shots or a blood transfusion. Compared to those, acupuncture is a breeze.
Moxabustion: Known as Mugwort herb in the US.It is dried,rolled and aged into different shapes. The Acupuncturist can apply it along different parts of the body where warming is desired. Warming increases blood flow and drives out sensations of cold and damp.
Cupping: Found in many cultures worldwide and dating as far back as 3000BC. Fire is applied to the inside of the glass cup reducing the air pressure and then applied to the patient’s skin. This creates a vacuum that pulls up on the skin and superficial muscle layer. It can help with many conditions depending on the type of cupping modality used.
Does it hurt? Not at all, but it does tend to leave circular marks on the patient’s skin. Discuss cupping with your Acupuncturist before requesting the service.
Tuina: A Chinese manipulative therapy that involves using different hand motions to the body, with stimulation of acupressure points to treat both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as many non-musculoskeletal conditions.
Guasha: Literally “to scrape away fever”. Gua Sha involves repeated strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. This causes extravasations of blood from the peripheral capillaries (leaking out of blood from small blood vessels) and may result in sub-cutaneous blemishing (hematoma) which can go away in 2 to 4 days. It has numerous benefits just like cupping. Most patients typically feel immediate sense of relief and change after-wards.
Marque Acupuncture is a short distance from and caters to Calabasas, Canoga Park, Lost Hills, West Hills, Woodland Hills, Warner Center, Tarzana, Reseda and Sherman oaks.