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About Integrative Eastern Medicine

Traditional eastern medicine is one of the world’s oldest forms of holistic medicine, viewing the mind + body as a coexisting whole in accordance with the natural world. We are affected by climate and seasons, our internal emotions, lifestyle choices, nutrition, relationships, and nature of work. Caring for our emotional well-being translates to physiological health, and caring for our physical bodies equates to emotional health. You will often find your Acupuncturist (who also can be known as eastern medicine practitioner, integrative medicine practitioner) inquire about your stress levels, sleep quality, diet and nutrition, hormonal cycle, and emotion of the day. All these factors are important and play key roles in your health and even with common concerns such as musculoskeletal pain.

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine, single-use disposable needles into the skin and muscle tissue. The technique and depth depend on your condition of the day. It is not as painful as the hypodermic needle you may have experienced in the past. Ideally, you will feel a deeper sensation within your tissues and even a traveling sensation in your body conduits. Most people fall asleep during acupuncture and we fondly call this the “acu-nap.”

How does Acupuncture work?

Modern research has observed that needling acupuncture points stimulates both the central and peripheral nervous systems, creating signals throughout the fascia, muscles, brain, and spinal cord. The cascade of signaling from acupuncture helps muscle tissue heal by improving blood circulation crucial for healing, reduce inflammatory markers, vasodilate dysfunctional muscle trigger points, and induce the body’s own analgesic chemicals. In short, acupuncture promotes self-healing.

With regular acupuncture, you may experience an improved response to stress, better sleep quality, sustained energy, less pain, and a more positive mood. Acupuncture treats a multitude of conditions including and certainly not limited to: neck, shoulder, back, limb, and joint pain and dysfunction; sleep disorders; digestive troubles; fertility; endocrine and hormonal issues; allergies; and of course, stress.

The main body systems that acupuncture contributes to are the nervous system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and immune system. Acupuncture can benefit you in many ways because it considers the body and mind as a whole.

Types of Acupuncture

Distal Needling Acupuncture (DNA)

A common question is, if my back hurts, why is the acupuncture done on my hand? This system of acupuncture is known as distal needling, meaning the acupuncture is done at an area distal (as in, distant) to the painful or restricted body part. A benefit of this style is its gentler approach and lesser manipulation of a site that may already be in pain.

How Distal Needling Acupuncture works:

  • Stimulates the Brain through the peripheral nervous system to release the body’s own endogenous opioids (pain relievers)
  • Restores proper blood circulation and nervous system function
  • Resets the brain’s signaling into the tissue

Motor and Trigger Point Acupuncture

This is a local method of acupuncture that releases inhibited muscles and restores their function. Known in some states as dry needling, some of the benefits of of motor & trigger acupuncture are:

  • Resets tight & weak muscles
  • Reduces pain and inflammation
  • Restores proper function
  • Improves range of motion and athletic performance

Electrostimulation with Acupuncture

Combining acupuncture with electrostim further promotes healing and reduces pain. Electrostim

  • Supports cellular repair
  • Strengthens tendons
  • Quickens bone repairn
  • Improves blood and lymph circulation
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Supports connective tissue

Meditation & Breathing Exercises

In our busy world where we are often required to be “on,” meditation and restorative breathing are evermore important to our health. Learning how to breathe optimally reduces stress, increases oxygen to the brain, improves focus, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, enhances body movement, protects our cardiovascular system, and creates calm.

Herbal Formulas in Eastern Medicine

Herbal medicine is used to help balance today’s lifestyle equation. Mainly plant-based, the best tools are well-formulated herbal supplement plans that match your current condition and diagnosis. Your Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist specifies a formulation to treat both the root and branch of your condition. Essentially, the root cause needs to be addressed to avoid branch symptoms from reoccurring. Herbs work best when combined synergistically and pair excellently with your specific acupuncture treatment.

An Integrative Approach

SC Sports Therapy and MoonAcuWellness believe in combining the best of practices to help our patients with their physical and emotional well-being. Many of our patients benefit from receiving chiropractic care, acupuncture, physiotherapy, herbal medicine, massage, and exercise rehabilitation within our integrative clinic. The added benefit of our practitioners’ ability to quickly communicate with each other helps patients receive streamlined and multifunctional care.