Understanding Acupuncture

understanding acupunctureYou may have heard of acupuncture but are still not sure of what it is and how it can help you. This article will help you finally understand this. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art that involves the stimulation of points on your body with the use of needles. It is basically a holistic approach to curing a number of illnesses and ailments.

When looking for an acupuncture professional to treat your aches, pains, and ailments, be sure to ask if they are nationally certified. Although this will not guarantee that your sessions are perfect and painless, it will guarantee that the specialist you visit has had a lot of formal education and is well qualified to perform the service. You should see the certificates on the wall.

Your acupuncturist will need to know your medical history. Start by making a list of your current medications and any serious treatments you may have, or have had in the past. Include things such as surgery, giving birth, any broken bones or other injuries.

Some people actually prefer to have acupuncture performed while in a group setting. This is an option that is usually available in larger cities, but they do exist.

When going for treatment be aware that the acupuncturist’s needles may end up all over your body, so wear loose-fitting clothes which can be easily moved out of the way. Our advice is to dress as if you plan to attend a luxurious beach vacation but you don’t want to take a dip in the water.

Do not overeat prior to your appointment with an acupuncturist. You should also avoid going to the appointment without any food in your stomach. Being too hungry could cause you to feel dizzy or even nauseous. A light meal or snack is all that you need to have an enjoyable experience.

If you’d like to get more out of your acupuncture sessions, start cleansing. A good cleanse will free your body of toxins, which means acupuncture will be more effective. During this time, you may also want to detox from substances like alcohol. Ask your acupuncturist to recommend a good detox diet.

Before your appointment, it is important to stay relaxed. So if you happen to be running late, don’t get flustered, as this could affect your treatment. If necessary, you can always reschedule your appointment.

View your acupuncture treatments as a welcome break from the outside world. Let your friends know that you need a few hours to yourself and turn your cell phone off. Isolating yourself for a few hours will help you focus on your different sensations and replenish your energy.

Get into the habit of arriving a little early for your appointment, about 15 minutes ahead of time is good. This way you know you will not be late, and if provides you with the opportunity to relax and reduce your stress levels.

Many people are a little cautious about trying acupuncture, simply because they believe the myths that surround it. Contrary to what you might believe, acupuncture does not cause you any pain, leave scars and it is not any type of voo-doo. It is an Asian method of healing that is effective and has been around for thousands of years.

As soon as you arrive at the clinic, make sure you turn off your cell phone to avoid any distractions. Don’t turn it to vibrate either, as this will just become a distraction and affect your treatment and the practitioner. Just turn off your phone and forget about it for a while.

By now you should have a more comprehensive overview regarding this traditional approach to Chinese medicine, perhaps there is a way that acupuncture can be used to help you or a loved one. As with any medical procedure, it is important to do your homework first. However, keep an open mind to non-Western approaches to healing, you may be surprised what it can do for you.

Another Very Happy Fertility Testimonial

Herbal tea

Herbal tea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m happy to be able to write this testimonial. After 1.5 years of trying to conceive, I had been diagnosed with unexplained secondary infertility. All of my blood work (as well as my husbands) came back normal, but we still failed to get pregnant. We were thrilled to eventually conceive only to suffer a miscarriage a month later. This was devastating. After hearing from a friend about her success with acupuncture, I made an appointment with Drew. I will admit to being a bit skeptic at first. I thought, “how could needles and drinking tea be effective?”

I had the consultation and based on all of my information Drew recommended a custom blended herbal tea and acupuncture sessions. I drank the tea and went to my acupuncture appointments consistently. On the 3rd month I was pregnant. Experience trumps skepticism and I’m now a firm believer in the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I credit Drew for helping us to conceive our little girl. If anyone is on the fence about trying this for fertility or any health issues, I highly recommend visiting Drew. I feel that we are lucky to have someone in our community who is one of the best in his field.

T.B.

5 Element Acupuncture

The Law of 5 Elements

The Law of 5 Elements

Acupuncture originated in China over five thousand years ago. That it is still being practiced speaks to the truth of the principles upon which it is based. The traditional Five-Element Acupuncture is a living tradition based upon natural laws and has been passed directly from teacher to student for thousands of years.

Acupuncture and this system of medicine is simple, elegant and effective. One can expect a course of treatment to alleviate symptoms and perhaps even more significantly, to confer a direct experience of health. Patients experience enormous improvement in well-being and clarity of mind.

The Law of 5 Elements underlie all creation, they are studied and utilized in the practice of Chinese Medicine as outlined in the original manuscript, The Yellow Emperors Book of Internal Medicine, written thousands of years ago. The Law of Five Elements are therefore rooted in ancient wisdom and timeless understanding. They do not refer to physical elements alone, but to the flow of life giving energy throughout. The restoration of balance in the flow of this energy within a person can help them overcome disease, even those apparently fixed in disturbances of physical matter.

Correcting the inner imbalance that leads to illness and alleviation of symptoms without the correction of this inner disharmony may be of temporary benefit. However, when the root cause is addressed one experiences more lasting results, an improvement in health and more importantly in the quality of life. Acupuncture is a system of medicine that can help to heal the body at this deep level, thoroughly and precisely. Traditional Five-Element Acupuncture addresses the needs of the Body-Mind-Spirit as a whole.

Qi is the life force in all creation. Health is a function of the free, full and proper movement of qi. It empowers or motorizes our physical bodies. It also drives and enables our minds to function properly. For those trained in Five-Element Acupuncture, the quality of qi can be perceived and measured. Acupuncture works by making adjustments in the vital qi energy. The qi flows in the body through our organs and twelve paired meridian pathways. These meridian pathways relate to the twelve Organs, which in turn relate to the Five Elements – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

Testimonial from a Very Happy Fertility Patient

We can’t thank Drew and Tortoise Clinic enough. We came for secondary infertility after husband was diagnosed with low sperm count and I with low ovarian reserve, luteal phase defect and possible endometriosis. Being in the military with constant deployments definitely made a bad situation worse. I had heard great things but didn’t know if acupuncture could really work for us.

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In our first consultation Drew said that he thought I would be pregnant in 3 to 6 months of treatment. Exactly 3 months later I was pregnant with our beautiful daughter after acupuncture and herbals and he had my husband drink a special tea which raised his sperm count to great levels. Our Dr couldn’t believe it when she saw his results after he had been on the tea!

I definitely believe that we found Dr Drew Smith and the Tortoise Clinic for a reason! We started going back again and I am now pregnant with baby number 3! Anyone having infertility issues should come here first despite what traditional drs. tell you, you may realize you don’t need invasive treatments after all! Thank you Drew, Yoshi, and Michelle for all your instrumental help in growing our family!

“Jill”

Properties of Chinese Herbs

Pictures of herb samples from categories of Ch...

Pictures of herb samples from categories of Chinese Herbs Tonifying Herbs: Herbs that Tonify the Yin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The marvels of Chinese herbs have continued to charm and help people all over the word for a very long time. Almost all medicines have been created by mixing them in different quantities and proportions. Chinese herblogy is a vast field that consists of numerous types of herbs possessing a wide range of properties and specialties. At Tortoise Clinic we carry over 400 different Herbs.

Chinese herb basically possesses a specific taste, temperature and certain special characteristics. The basic tastes are sweet, bitter, salty, pungent, bland, astringent and aromatic. Some are known to possess herbs that are mixed together on the basis of their tastes and temperatures.

Sweet herbs are sticky in nature and if they are mixed with a cold herb they are useful in creating a medicine that is useful for fluids. The yin property allows the energy of the body to be restored and also cure stomach and urine problems.

The sweet herbs are sticky so they help in clogging the misplaced elements of the body. The bitter taste herb possesses the quality of dryness. So whenever there is a defiance of yin in the body this herb is used to cure the problem. The pungent herbs assist in the movement functions of the body. When this herb is mixed with a cold herb it is useful in solving joint problems and regulating the other movements of the body. The salty herb poses the quality to codify and dissolve. It is mostly obtained from the marine world which is why the salt content is high in these herbs. Whereas the astringent herb is useful in supplying the useful components to the body.

Apart from these properties herbs also possess properties such as hotness, coolness, coldness, warmth and neutral. All these are combined with the above mentioned herbs to give you the best medicine for your problem.

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tortoise clinic best ofThanks to all of our patients and loyal followers, we have once again (6th year) won the coveted Best of the Emerald Coast. Every patient at Tortoise Clinic receives not only their specific acupuncture but also dietary advice based on 3,500-year-old Chinese dietetics, as well as hot and cold therapy. The clinic also makes its own pain relief liniment based on a 600-year-old formula.