Treatment Policy 

Using Therapeutic Touch, I am using the Therapeutic Touch technique. Because of this technique, I can feel and identify Energy Blockages without touching to patient's body. I will mark on the patient's body by using water-base marker. Then sterilize marking points by alcohol and proceed needles or moxibustion to flow patient's Energy. In addition, I will re-condition the Energy while needles on your body or after removed it by the Therapeutic Touch.

 

Once the sites are identified, the needles will be inserted into the Energy blockage points. The number of needles required will vary with the condition of the body. A patient who is currently experience serious problems, will have many blockages may requiring many needles, though as the condition(s) improve, the number of needles required will be reduced. A patient with few issues or problems will need fewer needles. A patient can get a picture of their condition by the number of needles required.

 

Deep, painful insertion of the needle is unnecessary. The needles are generally inserted less than 2 to 3 mm depth. Needles are placed into muscle tissue whenever it is needed.

 

Treatment is based upon the needs of the entire body. Many acupuncture clinics, and clinics providing western medicine, will treat only the area of the body that the patient has complained about. This is called symptomatic therapy and while it might seem to help the immediate pain, it doesn't truly cure the source of the ailment. Symptomatic therapy will not necessarily cure a patient's problem because in many cases, the pain that the patient is experiencing is actually caused from an issue somewhere else in the body.

 

For example, if you sprain an ankle, the ankle needs treatment, of course. However, because of the sprain, your entire body can become unbalanced. Only when then ankle is treated as a part of the entire body can a complete cure be brought.

 

Treatment in this clinic involves the entire body and begins the moment you walk in. I will use the information you provide me along with what I learn through Therapeutic Touch to identify blockages throughout the body, and to provide appropriate, healing, therapy.

 

 

Treatment Procedure 

Inspection 

I begin my examination the moment you walk in. I watch to check your body posture, how you carry yourself as you walk, and the color of your skin, particularly in the face.

 

Listening & smelling examination 

While I am talking with you, I check for voice tone, strength, etc.

 

Inquiry 

I listen to the symptoms you have noticed, asking questions for clarification as needed.

 

Palpation 

I use therapeutic touch to begin scanning your body to check for energy blockage. When it is needed, I check the tongue, blood pulse, and muscle tension.

 

Treatment 

I use the acupuncture needles or moxibustion as appropriate.

 

Follow-Up 

After the treatment is concluded, I will check your response to the treatment.

 

While acupuncture treatment is generally provided with the patient lying down, there are times when that is not comfortable for a given condition. In that case, treatment will be given in a seated or standing position, whichever is the most appropriate.

Many hospital or clinic almost always ask you to make position that therapists easily proceed treatment while patients are standing on pain. It is absolutely meaningless. Many medical staffs are misunderstanding who is main; therefore, they mandatorily ask posture. Every therapist should be trained for proceeding from any kinds of positions. Patients are main, NOT therapists.

 

Use of needle or moxibustion 

The use of either the needle or moxibustion will be determined through my observations of your condition, the symptoms you have mentioned as well as the information I gain from therapeutic touch.

 

- Cold:  Moxibustion

- Heat: Needle

- Tense: Needle

- Suction: Moxibustion

- Tingle: Needle or Moxibustion

 

Caution after treatment 

Please be aware that some people feel tired or sleepy either during the actual treatment or within 30 to 60 minutes afterwards. This occurs because acupuncture therapy will often retrieve deep-seated fatigue locked inside. You might be surprised at how tired you were! If you should feel tired after treatment, I recommend that you take a short nap for 30 to 60 minutes. When you wake up, you will be feeling very fresh.

If you need to drive a car right after my treatment, please tell me so. I will re-balance and complement your Qi.

 

 

Treatment Targets: National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement (November 3-5, 1997)

“Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely practiced in the United States. There have been many studies of its potential usefulness. However, many of these studies provide equivocal results because of design, sample size, and other factors. The issue is further complicated by inherent difficulties in the use of appropriate controls, such as placebo and sham acupuncture groups.

 

However, promising results have emerged, for example, efficacy of acupuncture in adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma for which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. Further research is likely to uncover additional areas where acupuncture interventions will be useful.

 

Findings from basic research have begun to elucidate the mechanisms of action of acupuncture, including the release of opioids and other peptides in the central nervous system and the periphery and changes in neuroendocrine function. Although much needs to be accomplished, the emergence of plausible mechanisms for the therapeutic effects of acupuncture is encouraging.

 

The introduction of acupuncture into the choice of treatment modalities readily available to the public is in its early stages. Issues of training, licensure, and reimbursement remain to be clarified. There is sufficient evidence, however, of its potential value to conventional medicine to encourage further studies.

 

There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value.”

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