Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing in the world. It began in China and has a clinical history of no less than 2,500 years. It remains an important source of medical treatment in Asia and is one of the fastest growing healthcare professions in the Unites States and Western Europe. A broad diversity of acupuncture styles exist, including the classical Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Korean hand therapy, Japanese meridian style, the French style and five-element acupuncture.
Traditional Chinese Acupuncture(TCA) is practiced based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which is a complete healing system used to assess and treat illness, prevent disease, and improve overall health and well-being. This ancient Chinese therapy has been practiced for over 3,000 years.
Derived from and inspired by TCA, on the other hand, Medical Acupuncture establishes itself on the modern medical sciences such as neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. It intends to induce positive neurologic responses, enhance chemical release and alter blood flow in the central nervous system as well as musculoskeletal system. The purpose is to reduce the experience of pain or stress level and improve therapeutic result of healing.
Traditional Chinese medicine includes eight modalities: acupuncture, moxbustion, herbs, tuina (massage), nutritional therapy, feng shui, Qi gong and cosmetology, while acupuncture and herbals are already quite well known, the other TCM modalities are becoming more widely recognized as practitioners apply these subtle energetic sciences in their practice.
How does Medical Acupuncture Work?
Medical Acupuncture (MA) is a useful treatment for many different conditions,. But its primary use has been for the control of pain. MA is in an attempt to interrupt noxious sensory impulses sending to the central nervous system (CNS) which causes pain. The insertion and stimulation of needles give rise to a certain sensation and stimulation of needles give rise to certain sensation from various of sensory receptors (nociceptors) and their associated afferent nerve fibers such as subcutaneous large A-delta and small C afferent nerve fibers in muscles, this process also involves in a number of facilitator and inhibitory modulating mechanisms in different parts of the CNS, for instance, the midbrain, the thalamus and the cerebral cortex.
The famous “Gate-Control” theory (Melzack & Wall) primarily discovered that A-delta nociceptors perform and inhibitory effect on C nerve fibers input to the spinal cord. Medical Acupuncture practice, in the form of Dry Needling Technique on myofascial trigger points, has proved that the needle induced A-delta afferent activity is enabled to block C afferent nerve fibers around trigger points carrying pain impulses to the brain, it is so called “Close the Gate”. This needling skills have demonstrated its success for pain relief in the treatment of neuropathic (nerve irritation) pain such as Fibromyalgia and myo- fascial pain syndrome. It brings about pain relief for weeks, months, or even permanently.
Facilitating with electric-stimulation technique, MA presents even long-lasting result in pain management Research has found during Electric-Acupuncture, endorphin levels rise in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid; it also affects certain neurotransmitter levels such as serotonin and norepinephrine. For the reason of the body’s neurochemistry changes, clinically, Electric-Acupuncture treatment has shown its ideal effect in helping patients establish their own natural healing ability in healing with physical pain, emotional disorder as well as neuro-hormone imbalances.
How safe is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has an approved track record of being incredibly safe and effective for many different illnesses. The 1997 National Institute of Health Consensus Conference on Acupuncture stated, “The data in support of acupuncture is as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs of other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions. “One of the primary concerns people have about acupuncture is the handling and hygiene of the acupuncture needles are used once and then discarded. The acupuncturist also practices by a strict code of hygienic principles known as “Clean Needle Technique”, which helps to negate the risk of infection.
What treatments are provided by acupuncture or Oriental medicine practitioners?
Acupuncturists and Oriental medicine practitioners provide services that help restore balance within the human body, increase wellness and function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit physical disabilities of patients suffering from injuries or disease. The practitioner’s goal is to, maintain, and promote the overall fitness and health of his/her patient by treating the person holistic rather than addressing only the presenting symptom.
Acupuncture and oriental medicine practitioners treat the patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions, such as conditions of the respiratory, gastro-intestinal, endocrine, reproductive, cardiac and musculoskeletal system of the body as well as chronic and acute pain, addiction recovery and weight loss.
Dose acupuncture hurt?
This is one of the most common fears of first time acupuncture recipients. Typically people associate and assume that the needles used in acupuncture are the same type used to draw blood or to give injections. This is not the case. The needles used to draw blood or to administer injections have to be a hypodermic needle which is larger and hollow so that fluid can enter. Acupuncture uses much smaller filiform needles which are solid. These smaller needles can be inserted most times without any discomfort. After insertion, a patient may sense either a heavy, dull, tingling, or light burning and warming sensation around the needle for a short period of time.
How many acupuncture treatments will it take?
The expected amount of time is different from person to person. Each individual is evaluated and a tailor-made program will be recommended depending on their presenting symptoms and the severity of their conditions.
Some people may only need a very small number of treatments because the extent of their dysfunction is minimal and they have only had the problem for a very short period of time. On the other hand, someone who has had an extensive condition for a number of years may require more treatments to dramatically improve their stat of well-being. Clinically, it is proven that the more the patient complies with the program given, the better and longer lasting the results will be. The cumulative therapeutic effects coming from the consistency of the treatment are the hallmark of success.
Dr. Feleke received Medical Degree from Shanghai Medical University china; a Doctorate Degree in Acupuncture from university of Shanghai TCM China: and Master of Oriental Medicine from Mid-West College of Oriental Medicine of Racine, Wisconsin. where he remains a distinguished expert, helping patients with severe chronic conditions return to good health. He has Practiced as MD/Acupuncturist and had over 15 years of Clinical experience. He is currently a professor in acupuncture massage College and practitioner and has consultant for multiple medical doctors all over around the world. He has published medical articles for journals and he became a pioneer in integrated medical approaches.
Dr. Feleke With his strong Western and Eastern medical back ground and vast array of clinical skills, he has earned himself a strong reputation among his students, patients and colleagues alike Dr, Feleke has also helped many people resolve their illnesses especially major cases. Area of Spatiality: Pain Management, Neuromuscular diseases, Autoimmune disease, Allergy, Addiction, Arthritis, Back pain, Injury, Abdominal problem, Impotence, Infertility, Sexual dysfunction, Stroke, Stress, Sleep disorder, Depression, Diabetes, Hypertension, OB-GYN, Skin disease, Obesity, Hormonal problem, Headache, Women health.