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 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.