In January ‘08 I suffered a stroke that disabled my left arm and leg. In June ‘08 I suffered a second stroke that affected the same two extremities. After a year and a half of physical therapy, I could not control where my left foot was going to land, making it extremely difficult to walk without falling.
In September ‘09 I went to Genesis Acupuncture. After only three treatments by Diane, I could completely control where my left foot was going to place itself, making walking a pleasure again.
What Acupuncture Can Treat according to the World Health Organization
•Disorders of the bones, muscles, joints and neural system, such as arthritis, neuralgia, migraine headache, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, facial paralysis.
•Gynecological disorders, such as irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility in women (and men), and PMS.
•Circulatory disorders, such as hypertension, arteriosclerosis, anemia, high cholesterol, and post-stroke symptoms.
•Respiratory disorders, such as asthma, sinusitis, allergies, emphysema and bronchitis.
•Gastrointestinal disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, constipation, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, digestive weakness, anorexia and gastritis.
•Urogenital disorders, such as stress incontinence, urinary tract infections and sexual dysfunction.
•Emotional and psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Addictions of alcohol and drugs, and stop-smoking.
•Other disorders such as those of eye, ear, nose and throat etc; weight control, chronic and acute pains.
Moxa, the mugwart herb, is used to warm, tonify and open the meridian channels. It is relaxing, relaxes muscle and helps relieve pain. In the office moxa is burned within a moxa box and applied lightly to the skin. It is a favorite treatment for many patients.
Acupuncture employs the use of fine sterilized needles about the size of a hair shaft or thread. Specific points along the meridian pathway are selected to restore normal balance and flow of energy to the body tissues, organs and systems. This sets the stage for the body to repair itself. Needle insertion is vastly different than hypodermic needles which are a hollow tube with a blade. Acupuncture needles are very small, solid like a thread, and flexible. Many do not feel the needle being inserted. For those sensitive to needles, you may choose a treatment with non-insertion needles, acupressure or herbs.
Diane Sutton RN, LAc, MTCM • Diplomat of Oriental Medicine • 427 W Oak suite G, Lodi, CA 95240 • 209-712-7570
Acupressure uses hands rather than a needle to touch acupuncture points.
As two acupuncture points are held energy can be felt by the practitioner, and often by the patient, as a pulsing sensation between the two points. This method balances the body’s energy, relieves pain, reduces stress, energizes, and corrects many health problems. This is a good choice for those who are fearful of needles.