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CHINESE MEDICINE IS SIMPLE
Chinese Medicine is simple; it began with observing nature and then taking these observations and applying them to the human body. This began with the concept of yin and yang. Anything in relation to anything else could either be described as being yin or yang: light or heavy, dark or light, male or female, active or passive. This meant that all things in nature were necessary to maintain balance and neither yin nor yang was more powerful. Instead, they were constantly becoming one another. Hence the yin yang symbol of equal halves of a circle with full smaller circles of opposite color in side.
The most common shape in nature is a circle, the cells of your body are circles and healthy DNA spins clockwise. The ancient Chinese also used circles to explain balance. The element circle looks like this: Water grows wood, wood grows fire, fire makes ashes or earth, inside of the earth is metal, and water condenses on metal. The Chinese applied this cycle and these elements to what they believed to be the organs of the body. Wood is the liver and gall bladder. Fire is heart and small intestine. Earth is spleen and stomach. Metal is lung and large intestine. Water is urinary bladder and kidney. In this way, the body was seen as being supported by each organ. Blood and energy, or qi, flowed through the body like water. When one organ became unbalanced every other organ was affected. When the smooth flowing circulation got blocked somewhere in the body from an imbalance, disease festered like a pond of still water growing full of sludge.
In Chinese Medicine there are no divisions of the body like in Western Medicine. Instead, the whole body is accessed to understand how an imbalance is affecting the body, mind and spirit. This is achieved through a series of questions and on examination of the tongue and pulses. The greatest diagnostic tool of Chinese Medicine is still observation. The tongue is a map and mirror to the internal body. The tip of the tongue represents the heart and just behind the lungs. The center of the tongue reflects the spleen and the stomach. The sides mirror the liver and gall bladder. The back of the tongue shows the kidneys and urinary bladder. The size, shape, color and coat tell the story of how the internal organs are functioning. Three pulses are felt on both wrists to reflect again the internal organs. The left radial pulse represents the heart, liver and kidney yin and the right radial pulse represents the lung, spleen and kidney yang. The pulse is felt for its depth, speed, and rate. Acupuncturists use descriptive words like wiry, thready, soggy, slippery or knotted when assessing the pulses.
Based on the observations of the tongue, pulse and assessment of questions an Acupuncturist will devise a treatment plan that might include acupuncture, moxabustion and herbal remedies. Through this observation "western diseases" are not being treated, instead, the body is being brought back to balance. Chinese Medicine looks at a "symptom" like a branch of a tree, and looks deeper to find the root cause. In this way, the "symptom" is addressed, as well as, what caused the symptom in the first place. The advantages of this philosophy are the "side effects." For example, a patient being treated for back pain might also report higher energy levels, better sleep, reduction in hot flashes or heart burn, a more regular and less painful menstrual cycle and/or improved emotional wellbeing. This means that Chinese Medicine can treat virtually any condition aiding in bringing the body back to harmony. While this is true, Chinese Medicine's true genius is preventative. Ancient Chinese doctors were responsible for keeping the community healthy; it was the doctors who had to pay if a patient was sick.
Chinese Medicine is by no means a quick fix; however it is an opportunity to impact not only one's body, but lifestyle as well. Expect a course of treatment to last 10 sessions with treatments a couple times a week. (You wouldn't take one antibiotic pill and wait to see if it worked, you would do a full prescription and you also wouldn't take one aspirin and hope the pain would go away, you would probably take a few a day and gradually tapper off. Acupuncture is much the same way.) Massage Therapy (tui na), Exercise, Meditation, Feng Shui, and Nutrition are also key components of this system that can contribute lasting harmony. Acupuncturists recommend receiving quarterly treatments as a "tune up" when the energy of the Earth is changing to maintain wellness.
Forms of Acupuncture
There are various forms of Acupuncture, one alternative way to needles that we utilize at "Goldberg Wellness" is called "Meridian Therapy".
Meridian therapy is the accepted name employed by those who practice the principle of Acupuncture without the use of a penetrating needle. It is also referred to as "AcuPoint Physical Medicine".
Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique. Therefore, there are many ways to stimulate an acu-point other than a needle. I use an electronic stimulator, or micro current machine instead of a needle to treat the blocked acupoints along a meridian. The actual principle doesn't change, only the technique used to stimulate the point.
If we compare the body's 12 primary meridians flowing throughout the body to 12 radio stations in any major city, we will see each station airs at a particular frequency. If a station is broadcasting at 94.5 however if the listeners radio is picking it up at 94.4 there will be static heard. The same is true if the radio picks up 94.6. One frequency will be too high the other too low however the effect is the same....."static". There is nothing wrong with the radio, just something wrong with the fine tuning. This is precisely what may happen within the human body when it is not operating at the ideal level of frequency vibration.
Acupuncture's goal is to restore normalcy to the bodies energy field by stimulating a combination of specific acu-points through a number of different applications, the needle is one or utilizing electronic means is another. After careful consultation and examination testing these 12 meridians, Dr. Goldberg determines with his many years experience which is best to use on his patients to evoke the best and quickest response to their physical problems.
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