Monday, November 09, 2009
Community Acupuncture is how people receive treatment traditionally in Asia, with several people resting at the same time. Much the same way one’s endurance, focus, and peace can intensify when doing yoga in a class setting, acupuncture done in a group can enhance the effects of treatment. In a group, your body can relax deeper and take advantage of the collective intention to harmonize the body. Acupuncture honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal and balance itself (homeostasis). Acupuncture assists in regulating the circulation of qi and blood so that all body systems are nourished and able to function most optimally. When one part of the body becomes unbalanced all other parts are affected. Acupuncture helps start a chain reaction of balance in the body and can cause positive side effects like improved quality of sleep, energy, mood and immune function in addition to resolving your main issue. Scientifically, no one knows exactly why or how acupuncture works, we only know that for thousands of years it has. Acupuncture is most effective when done as a course of treatment.
On Thursday Nov. 5th patients received an acupuncture treatment using Miriam Lee’s “5 Essential Point Prescription”. Lee developed this point prescription for its simplicity and effectiveness in order to be able to efficiently treat 18 patients per hour with great success. The great physcians of the jin dynasty included these points in their pharmacopeia and called them heavenly star points. Below is a brief description of these acu point functions and uses. Acupuncture points run along channels or meridians that correspond to 14 organ systems of the body. In Chinese each acu point has a symbolic name either for where it is located or what its function is, in English acu-points are simplified as numbers on the organ channel it is located on. There are 365 main acupuncture points on the body, one for each day of the year.
Hegu (joining valley) Large Intestine 4 (LI4): is part of a pair of points called the 4 gates thought to open up circulation of the whole body. LI4 regulates immune function, adjusts sweating (excessive/deficient), regulates the face, eyes, nose, mouth, and ears. Alleviates pain especially headaches and toothaches and can also be used to induce labor.
Quchi (pool at the crook) Large Intestine 11 (LI11): regulates body temperature especially in cases of excessive heat, regulates qi and blood and alleviates pain. Assists the function of LI4.
Lieque (broken sequence) Lung 7 (LU7): releases exterior to clear a cold, promotes lung function, pacifies phlegm, benefits the head and nape of neck, opens and regulates the conception vessel, regulates water passages (swelling), and alleviates pain.
Sanyinjiao (three yin intersection) Spleen 6 (SP6): this is an intersection point of three yin organs: spleen, kidneys and liver. SP6 tonifies the spleen and stomach system which in turn improves the digestion/metabolism/elimination of food and energy, resolves dampness (heaviness in body, pain) regulates menstruation, induces labor, regulates urination and the genitals, calms the spirit, invigorates the blood, and alleviates pain.
Zusanli (leg three mile) Stomach 36 (ST36) called three mile because soldiers would stimulate this point by burning moxa over it when marching to give them endurance to walk 3 more miles. St36 harmonizes the stomach and fortifies the spleen, resolves dampness, tonifies qi and nourishes blood, clears heat and calms the spirit, alleiviates pain and can also be used to restore consciousness.
Community Acupuncture is available Monday-Saturday at Whole Health Acupuncture on a sliding scale. A treatment plan is discussed with your acupuncturist and sessions are tailored to your health goals. A sliding scale allows you to complete a course of treatment while staying within your budget. You determine what price works for you between $15-50 a treatment. We are able to offer sliding scale prices because we treat in a community setting and feel this intensifies the benefits of your treatment. For more information and to schedule an appointment call us at 847.357.3929 or visit us at www.wholehealthprograms.com
Whole Health Acupuncture
50 Turner Ave
Elk Grove Village IL 60007