Expect your first visit to take about 1½ hours. Nan spends time talking to you about your healthcare concerns. You will be asked many different questions - some you will expect and others will seem unusual or different from what you may have experienced when visiting other health care practitioners. As part of the examination Nan feels your pulse and looks at your tongue.
Treatment in Chinese Medicine is the return to balance in the body, mind and spirit. Strengthen the root to support the branches to resolve symptoms. Acupuncture, lifestyle recommendations, and botanicals are frequently used treatment modalities. Functional medicine states that in order to keep a tree healthy and allow it to flourish, you need to support the most basic and essential elements first - the foundation, the roots and the soil. Functional medicine uses the best of western science to evaluate your nutritional status and biological terrain to provide information about specific imbalances in the body. This may involve laboratory testing.
Most important, this enhances our ability to target and prioritize ways to strengthen the root or core to improve your health. Goals for treatment include:
If you are scheduled to receive acupuncture you will receive your first treatment at the time of your initial appointment. Most patients enjoy treatments and find them relaxing. All needles are sterile and used only one time. You may feel a small prick lasting a couple of seconds when the needle is inserted. Once the needle is in place you may not feel anything or it might feel heavy or achy or even have a slight electric sensation, but it is not typically painful or uncomfortable.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Looking at the whole person - body, mind and spirit is critical to the practice of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). Based on your Chinese Medicine Diagnosis, specific acupuncture points are chosen for your treatment.
Kiiko Style Japanese Acupuncture
Kiiko style and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) are both based on the Chinese classics and modern medical pathophysiology to bring out the best in both. The style is very “hands on” and is based on palpation of active reflexes on the abdomen (the hara), neck, back and their corresponding treatment points. This system of palpation and feedback gives the practitioner and patient immediate feedback on both the Chinese medicine diagnosis and treatment. Treatment generally begins by first treating active reflexes in the abdomen and neck. Change in how these reflexes feel gives us both a measure of effectiveness. The treatment consists of one or more sets of needles per treatment session.
Electricity can be added to the needles, pads or probes.
Your treatment may include other modalities, such as:
Moxa – an herb that is burned. It has many different forms – I may put it on the end of the needle to burn or even send you home with a type that looks like a big cigar.
Cups – a vacuum is created inside a glass cup and then it is placed on different parts of the body. It may stay in one place or be moved over an area such as your back.
Guasha – a form of bodywork often using a Chinese porcelain spoon that is massaged over specific body areas.
I want you to understand your treatment and will do my best to explain the process. There are many variations of oriental medicine - Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), 5 element, Japanese, Korean, so even if it’s not your first time receiving acupuncture there may be some differences. Isn’t it time you tried oriental medicine to see what a difference it can make for you?
Herbal formulas are an important part of Oriental Medicine. Several different types of herbal supplements are offered.
Chinese prepared tablets and capsules Formulas generally come in the form of pills, capsules or tinctures. Many of these are manufactured in China. The distributors we use test their products for the presence of heavy metals and other substances. A one-week supply of pills will generally cost from between five and forty dollars. We use products from Golden Flower, Health Concerns, Evergreen, Minshan, Blue Poppy, Herbal Times, Mayway, to name a few.
Granules The granules are a freeze dried form of Chinese herbs that is formulated into a specific Chinese herbal formula for you. A weekly dose for one formula is approximately 42-64 grams. The weekly cost for each formula is about $20.00 - $40.00. The granules are mixed in water and may have a slightly unpleasant taste. Granules have the advantage of being tailored specifically for you and can be adjusted based on your response. For an additional charge we can make these into capsules for you or you may purchase supplies to make your own capsules.
Bulk or raw - The actual herb is decocted or cooked into a tea.
Botanicals, vitamins and minerals The office stocks a wide variety of herbal formulas from companies such as Apex Energetics, Natura, Salvestrols, Narula Research, Designs for Health, Allergy Research Group, Innate Response, Transformation Enzyme, Pure Encapsulations, Nordic Naturals, Integrative Theraputics, Pekana, Beyond Balance, etc.
The Cameron Clinic of Oriental Medicine is excited to introduce the Life Vessel to the East Coast. The first Life Vessel unit was completed in 1998 and since then thousands of individuals have experienced this form of relaxation therapy.
Studies show that up to 85% of bodily dysfunction can be associated with stress, and if not effectively dealt with, stress can seriously compromise an individual’s health. We need a certain amount of stress to be healthy. Stress can make us feel overwhelmed and life can make us feel out of control. If your life feels this way all of the time your body’s natural ability to handle these situations is weakened and your stress levels become toxic to your overall health. Fortunately, stress and its effects can be significantly reduced through various therapeutic approaches, including relaxation therapy with the Life Vessel.
WHAT IS THE LIFE VESSEL®? The Life Vessel is an FDA-cleared, cutting-edge medical device with five U.S. patents. It creates a natural state of relaxation and balance using vibration, soothing sound and infrared light. These therapeutic modalities combine to produce the ultimate relaxation experience. The infrared light improves blood circulation and boosts oxygen delivery to the cells. This benefits the Autonomic Nervous System.
WHAT IS THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM (ANS)? The ANS never sleeps, controlling your internal organs without a single conscious thought from you. It consists of the parasympathetic NS that acts to stimulate the “rest and relax” and “digest” activities in your body. The sympathetic NS speeds everything up, like the gas in your car, and also activates the “fight or flight” response – a complex set of interactions that increase blood pressure, heart rate and breathing. Thousands of years ago, this was vital when our prehistoric ancestors needed to save themselves from becoming dinner for dangerous predators. In the 21st century, though, a continuous fight-or-flight state can produce an unbalanced ANS. Stressors like chronic pain, swings in blood sugar, illness, chemicals, poor sleep, etc. may trigger this response, eventually making it difficult for your body to keep up with needed repairs and maintenance. Health challenged and highly stressed individuals can help balance their ANS by utilizing various forms of relaxation therapy, including the Life Vessel.
HOW DOES RELAXATION BENEFIT THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM? Relaxation helps balance the ANS by producing:
• Higher energy levels
• Better sleep
• Strengthened cognitive abilities
• An enhanced immune system
• An improved ability to routinely de-stress
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT SCHEDULE? The four-session protocol takes place over three to four consecutive days; each session is about one hour long. This usually is repeated monthly for a total of three times. After that, sessions can be scheduled as needed. You need not be a Cameron Clinic patient to use the Life Vessel.
It is important to note the Life Vessel does not cure disease. Rather, through the modalities of vibration, light, sound and with the assistance of infrared light, the Life Vessel facilitates the body’s ability to relax, de-stress and balance, thus enhancing an individual’s natural ability to self-regulate and self-heal.
More information is available at our Facebook page Life Vessel at the Cameron Clinic, www.lifevessel.com, Radical Remissions by Kelly Turner, p. 203-13 and Waking the Warrior Goddess by Christine Horner, MD p. 245.
The Biomat combines Far Infrared Rays (FIR), negative ion technology and the healing energy of amethyst crystals. FIR can penetrate 6-7 inches into the body and improve the metabolism of cells so that they work better. Each exam table at the Cameron Clinic is equipped with a biomat. We are happy to order a biomat for your home use.
The Biomat has been shown to:
FIR was discovered by NASA to be the safest, most beneficial wave of light. It is an electronic wave which, because of its length, can penetrate into our bodies 6-8 inches and generate frictional heat which, in turn, stimulates our cells to move. This cellular movement stimulates healing and regeneration of body functions such as circulation, detoxification, and immune function.
ZYTO technology is based on the body’s ability to respond to subtle stimuli. Using the body’s natural energetic field, a communication link is established between the patient and the computer via the ZYTO hand cradle. Through this connection, ZYTO sends stimuli and then records the body’s response. This conversation is called biocommunication, and it provides insights into health and wellness.
The EVOX, another component of the Zyto technology, facilitates a process called Perception Reframing. Perception is the way you feel and think about something. Because we perceive more than we are aware of, perception is more often ‘felt’ rather than ‘thought about.’ EVOX uses the voice (VOX is Latin for voice) to map perception about specific topics like health, relationships, work or athletic performance; any aspect of life. It then analyses that map, called a Perception Index, and creates a playback information packet that the body uses to bring perception to the level of awareness and allow it to be reframed. EVOX is used to improve every aspect of human performance.