This specialized and clinically useful assessment method developed over millenia by physicians in ancient China and mastered by some modern Chinese medical physicians is a highly valuable tool to the dedicated provider of East Asian Medicine. The art of palpating the distal portion of the radial artery in both arms provides instant information about human body function. This allows the provider to gain immediate access to the background or context of health concerns and root cause of disease rather than simply treating symptoms, which may only band-aid the problem without gaining long term health improvement. The development of chronic health problems often takes months or years to develop symptoms. Pulse diagnosis can serve as a type of WELLNESS CHECK, where the practitioner and patient can work together to monitor and prevent future illness and disease. This is representative of Chinese medicine's reputation as focused on health and prevention over disease and management. "Chinese style" pulse diagnosis is used extensively by David in his clinic to monitor and treat patients in any phase of healthcare, be it relief of symptoms, correction of disease mechanisms, or maintenance of good health. Pulse diagnosis, along with patient report of progress, also allows the practitioner to monitor the effects of therapy. David learned his pulse diagnosis method from Dr. Zhang Wei Yen, originally from Taiwan, and continues to study with this foremost expert in pulse diagnosis, developing and refining his skill in the "Pulsynergy" method.
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Acupuncture, called zhen jiu or "needling therapy" in Mandarin, is now being used extensively in the United States and around the world as an effective treatment modality for multiple kinds of acute and chronic pain, neurological, musculoskeletal, visceral, and immunological health conditions. Acupuncture constitutes the insertion of very thin, smoothly polished, and sterilized stainless steel needles into specific locations on the surface of the human body. The stimulation of these nodes, or acupoints, has an immediate effect on the sensory nervous system, and triggers a cascade of physiological activities to relieve pain, normalize nerve function, regulate organ activity, increase blood flow (vasodilation) and restore a healthy body condition. The single most important and well-studied effect of acupuncture is as a stimulus to release natural painkillers, called enkephalins, in the central and peripheral nervous system. This functions to relieve pain in the short term and increase blood flow and tissue health in the long term. It is thought that in chronic pain and other chronic disorders, the ability of the body to release its own enkephalins has been compromised. This is almost alwasy associated with a decline in blood flow or oxygen and nutrient delivery to the affected tissue area. Acupuncture therapy can improve the functional health immediately, with pain relief often occurring within seconds of needle insertion. The improvement of blood flow in the diseased area or target area is necessary for proper tissue healing, as all of the required components of tissue healing are found in the bloodstream (oxygen, nutrients, blood cells, hormones, etc.) If you are experiencing a prolonged pain condition or are having pain that has been unresponsive to other therapies, acupuncture treatment offers a safe, reliable and reproducible method of quick pain relief. The therapy is often administered as part of a treatment plan to convert pain relief and symptom improvement into longterm pain elimination and targeted health optimization.
The cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the therapeutic application of internally administered and individually compounded herbal formulae. While acupuncture therapy has enjoyed widespread popularity and intrigue around the globe, Chinese Herbal medicine or Chinese Herbology has been slower to gain full recognition of its value. Since many modern pharmaceuticals have their origins in the raw material of chinese herbs, it makes sense to explore the medical system that informs and predates modern pharmacology. The methodology of properly prescribed and administered chinese herbal medicine provides the therapeutic benefit of medicinal substances without many of the uncomfortable and potentially harmful effects of isolated chemical pharmacology. Unlike Western herbology, where individual herbs are often employed for singular benefits, the combination of herbs in Chinese herbal medicine allows for a comprehensive benefit, helping multiple problems and components of health concerns at once. The inclusion of herbs to build and strengthen the function and vitality of the human body is a unique benefit that is not predominant in Western forms of herbology. Chinese herbal medicine has always placed emphasis on disease pattern differentiation as the model for its administration, as opposed to indiscriminate use of stimulants for weight loss or immoral collection of endangered animal species for virility.
Other therapies utilized at Wellspring Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine may be warming massage, including Ginger Moxa (Massage and Heat from Herbs), Far-Infrared heat therapy (plugged into wall), Cupping ("BaGuan"), and Acupressure.