Active Care Chiropractic & Acupuncture
10680 Main Street
Fairfax, VA 22030
A Guide To Traditional Oriental Medicine
First, what does Traditional Oriental Medicine (TOM) refer to? Acupuncture, qigong, and traditional herb treatment all refer to TOM. TOM treatment is a self-healing process that is medication-free with a low risk of side effects.
Acupuncture treatment has to be provided by licensed acupuncturists, and it includes acupuncture, cupping, ear acupressure with seeds, acupressure with specific magnetic materials, moxibustion, and qigong. Some states are also accessible to herbal medicine, which must be provided by licensed oriental medicine health providers. Acupuncturists usually treat patients by doing one or more treatments of acupuncture, cupping, ear pressure, acupressure, and moxibustion.
Now, what are the benefits of these treatments and how do they work?
Acupuncture: acupuncturists insert hair-thin needles to acupuncture points in order to stimulate the body’s nerve system. In TOM, the body energy flow is referred to as Qi. Acupuncture points can stimulate Qi in different ways, and are thought to help the body’s immune system work. Patients may feel dull, warm, or even electrical pain during this treatment. This reaction is called “needle sensation” which is normal.
Cupping: creates suction with special cups on the skin, and includes both dry cupping and wet cupping. Wet cupping is cupping with bleeding inside the cup, and dry cupping is without any needles or bleeding. This treatment helps reduce muscle pain, improves circulation, and boosts the immune systems. The only side effect is bruising, and wet cupping may cause dizziness due to bleeding. However, a lot of patients still prefer wet cupping to dry cupping because it really relaxes your body, and lets you have a good night’s sleep.
Ear Pressure: puts pressure on the ear acupoints with seeds (plant seeds) with small latex stickers – the size of a fingernail, to stimulate other parts of the body. It often helps with weight loss, eye disorders, hormone-related health issues, and mental problems.
Acupressure: is similar to acupuncture, but instead of acupuncture needles, magnetic materials are used to stimulate acupoints. It is often used on children and adults who are afraid of needles.
Moxibustion: a special heat therapy that burns “moxa” on the skin or near the skin. Moxa is dried plant materials, and usually made from wormwood. It can warm the body to make body energy flow smoothly and remove pathogenic inflammation.
Finally, the most important and popular question – how many sessions will I need? The answer is, this depends on your diseases. In general, acute diseases can be treated by just several sessions (2-5 sessions). Longer courses of treatment are needed for chronic health issues. One treatment usually takes 20-40 minutes.