Acupuncture is one part of a whole range of treatments known as Chinese medicine, which includes herbs, massage, cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, nutrition and exercise to treat the body and spirit.
The ancient philosophy behind the treatment is that vital energy (Qi pronounced "Chee") flows through energy lines or meridians in the body.
In good health the flow of Qi is smooth and uninterrupted, but when illness strikes this flow is disturbed. Modern living can cause this energy to be disrupted in many ways, including stress, emotional upset, physical trauma, poor diet or overworking.
The body has a tremendous ability to heal itself, but sometimes due to prolonged stress or external pathogens we can get "stuck" or sick. We may have frequent anxiety, frustration, irritability & sadness or, as the energy gets backed up illness can take hold. Using needles to communicate with the brain & central nervous system the acupuncturist directs the body where to heal itself. As the needles are inserted into the corresponding energetic pathways (or meridians) energy is unblocked, a new equilibrium is created, endorphins are released and the nervous system encourages healing.
Each person is different and the Chinese medicine approach is to treat the patient as an individual and this is at the core of acupuncture, with the treatment very much tailored to the patients needs to allow the body to rebalance itself.
At the Swiss Healing Center, we believe in using gentle methods to encourage optimal relaxation during treatment.
Acupuncture is one of the essential elements of Oriental medicine and can be traced back over 3,000 years making it the oldest health care system in the world.
What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that physical, emotional and mental are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects their lives. Pain and illness are seen as signs that the body is out of balance. Imbalances can occur through excessive or prolonged stress, insufficient rest, trauma, worry, poor diet, constitutional weakness or environmental conditions.
Acupuncturists are trained to use subtle diagnostic techniques that have been developed and refined for centuries. The focus is on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique; two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatments.
To help improve body functions and promote natural self-healing acupuncturist stimulates specific anatomic sites, commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints.
The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of hair-thin, fine, single use, disposable, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include: manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines and linaments.
Modern research has demonstrated acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. By stimulating the body’s various systems, acupuncture can help to resolve pain, improve sleep, digestive function, and sense of well-being.
There is a wide wide range of diseases and conditions that can effectively be treated with acupuncture.
Get down to the cause of your pain
At the Swiss Healing Center , we aim to treat the function of your body as a whole, not just the symptoms. Through a combination of acupuncture for pain management, heat, pressure, and electrical stimulation to specific points of the body, we help to increase your body’s circulation. This brings natural healing and initiates the release of your body’s stem cells.
The World Health Organization has recognized over 40 conditions that can be effectively treated by acupuncture. Here was the list related to painful conditions:
"...after trying everything under the sun for my sciatica and runners knee, I was ready to look into alternative methods. After only a few sessions, I was pain free for the first time in several years. ...
Barbara has not only helped me immensely with pain management, but also with sleep and stress management.... "
~ Meghan, Boston
Oriental Medicine Defined
A medical system that has been used for thousands of years to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. It is based on the belief that qi (the body's vital energy) flows along meridians (channels) in the body and keeps a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health in balance.
Oriental medicine aims to restore the body’s balance and harmony between the natural opposing forces of yin and yang, which can block qi and cause disease. Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, diet, herbal therapy, meditation, physical exercise, and massage. Also called TCM and Traditional Chinese Medicine.