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We offer Classical Chinese acupuncture using sterile stainless steel ultra-thin needles that are applied according to the laws of the five elements.  Multiple systems may be used in a session including auricular therapy, scalp, Korean hand, laser and electro-acupuncture.

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Traditional Chinese medicine analyzes pathological factors on the basis of clinical manifestation of symptoms and signs.  These disease-causing factors can be triggered by external influences such as variation of weather, irregular food intake, stress, lack of physical activity, and traumatic injuries.  Internal (or emotional) factors can also cause disease.  There are seven main emotions: joy or excitement, anger, sadness, worry, grief, fear and fright.  Therefore, no two illnesses are ever the same because each person’s internal and external influences interacting together create a disorder specific to the individual.  This is a very different view from the practice of Western medicine.  In most cases, Western medicine treats the body, mind and external factors separately and does not necessarily view them as interdependent parts.  For example, an Ophthalmologist treats only an eye problem.  A Chinese doctor will look at an eye problem and ask “how is your liver?”

University Studies

Many studies have been conducted on the healing effects of acupuncture. These studies address various disorders and were measured scientifically and subjectively by the patient groups. Studies such as the ones below continue to demonstrate the value of acupuncture as an effective, safe and low-cost medical system. Summaries of just a few studies are outlined below.

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University of Maryland Doctors

The study showed that acupuncture is a very effective complementary therapy for people with osteoarthritis of the knees. This is the largest acupuncture study ever conducted. Many of the patients in the study were taking anti-inflammatory as part of a Western medicine treatment, yet still experienced significant pain. When acupuncture was added to the treatments, the majority of the participants reported substantial improvement. Traditional Chinese acupuncture was applied to one half of the patients, while “sham” acupuncture was administered to the rest of the patients. Treatments were given 2 times per week over a 26 week period for both the “blind” group and the patients who were treated with real acupuncture. They were assessed at the beginning of the study, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 14 weeks and at 26 weeks. At the end of the 26 weeks, patients treated with Traditional Chinese acupuncture experienced a higher level of pain relief and function, compared to the “blind” group. Overall, patients receiving true acupuncture indicated a 40% improvement from their baseline scores.

University of Adelaide, Australia

In a study conducted to determine the effect of acupuncture on the ability to become pregnant for women undergoing In-vitro Fertilization treatment, the results were once again in favor of the use of acupuncture as a complementary treatment. The study showed an increase of 30% in the number of women who became pregnant in the group treated with acupuncture vs. 23% in the control group, among a patient pool of 228 women receiving IVF. While this is statistically smaller than expected, in separate studies of 800 women altogether, those who received acupuncture, in addition to IVF, were 50% more likely to become pregnant than women who underwent IVF alone.

University of British Columbia, Canada

This study found that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for drug addiction. A three month program found that a statistically significant percentage of drug users reduced their drug use after being treated with acupuncture. Many preferred acupuncture to methadone.

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)

This study, while small, found that 30 minutes of treatment of traditional acupuncture reduced pain by up to 70%. The level of pain was measured by an MRI which showed considerably decreased levels of activity in 9 different areas of the brain associated with pain. The results coincided with the patients’ reports of decreased pain. The response was even greater among those who received electrical stimulation.

University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Scientists performed a study that found acupuncture is very effective in helping to relieve extreme fatigue in patients undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. Fatigue is the most common complaint among cancer patients. 47 patients were given a course of 6- twenty minute sessions over a period of three weeks. The participants who received acupuncture reported an increased level of energy, allowing them to enjoy some everyday activities such as shopping and socializing, which had been severely restricted prior to the treatment. Patients receiving the real acupuncture reported 36% improvement compared to a .6% improvement in those patients receiving “sham” acupuncture.

University of Pittsburgh

From 1997 to 1999 studies were conducted to explore the effectiveness of acupuncture in alleviating hot flashes, insomnia and nervousness in menopausal women. It was found that during the course of acupuncture treatment, hot flashes decreased by 35 percent and insomnia decreased by 50 percent. A follow-up study revealed hot flashes significantly decreased in those receiving acupuncture, compared to those receiving routine care.

Balanced MeridianAchieving nutritional balance in the body is essential in preventing disease.  The types of food that we eat and their combination can impact our health and well-being.  A great percentage of chronic disease symptoms are directly related to irregular or improper food intake.  For example sugar and fat will increase problems in diabetics.  In the case of arthritis and joint inflammation, dark shade vegetables should not be ingested, such as eggplant, potatoes, and green peppers.

The practitioner will suggest dietary food changes, perhaps detoxification and elimination diets, reinforcing and tonifying the organs’ and glands’ ability to improve function.  In the philosophy of Oriental Medicine, food is meant to support and regulate bodily functions.  Nutrition is very specific to the individual’s overall condition, not just the symptoms of a particular disorder.  Direct consultation with the practitioner is recommended for this reason.

In Chinese Medicine foods are grouped into four categories: cold-hot-cooling-warming.  They are also classified according to their benefits and harmful effects on each of the internal organs and channels.

Some foods with hot/warming qualities:
Fruits: plums, olives, papayas, grapes
Sugars: honey, bleached and raw sugar
Vegetables: ginger, garlic, onion
Meat: chicken, duck, beef, deer
Fish: carp, shad, shrimp, eel, catfish

Some foods with cold/cooling properties
Grains: rice, oat, tofu
Fruits: pears, watermelon, lotus roots
Game: hare, deer
Fish: eel, lobster, clam, oyster

Some neutral foods
Grains: glutinous rice, black beans, soy beans, peas
Vegetables: calabash, pumpkin
Fruits: green plums, peanuts
Meat: pork, goose

Unlike the concept of nutrition in Western Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at more than the nutritional value of each food.  For example, Western Nutritionists will look at the ingredients of foods such as fat, sodium, sugar, protein and fiber, before recommending a diet regimen to address a particular condition such as diabetes, obesity, or pregnancy.   Oriental nutritional therapy also takes into account the nature and quality of food products.  For example, how and where the food was grown, pesticide use and shelf-life.  Oriental nutrition therapy looks at how the food will affect the flow of Qi.  Does a particular food product have warming or cooling characteristics?  Is it moistening, drying, astringent, or purgative?

In Oriental medicine, observations are made based upon the way that the food impacts the body after they are eaten, both dramatically and subtly.  Does it affect metabolism, emotions, and organs?  Does it aid in the healing of one part of the body but produces a negative effect on other parts?  For example, a food product may be good in the treatment of water retention but may also cause diarrhea.  A Traditional Oriental practitioner will prescribe diets according to the stage and quality of a disease.

Balanced MeridianBalanced Meridian believes in the value of acupuncture for you and your family and have maintained a pricing structure that allows care for all budgets. New Patient Examination with Electro-Meridian Imaging and treatment is $90.00 and $70 for follow ups.

Payment is due at the time of service. Cash, check, and major credit cards are accepted. Most insurance plans don’t cover acupuncture, but a HCFA 1500 can be printed for you to file.

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