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ACUPUNCTURE  

Dr. R.J. Singer (Chinese Medicine) is a highly skilled Master of distal and microsystem acupuncture. This style is renowned for instant pain relief, and for resolving complex internal medicine conditions by stimulating the brain and autonomic nervous system to reduce inflammation, and restore homeostasis.  

Adults and children seek acupuncture treatments from R.J. for a wide variety of conditions, from pain to chronic illness. His goal in treatment, is to address the root cause of ailments, and health complaints. 

 

Benefits of Acupuncture:
It is safe, when performed correctly.
There are very few side effects.
It can be effectively combined with other treatments.
It can control many types of pain. 
Promotes Blood Circulation.
Stimulates the body's built-in healing mechanisms.

According to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine published in November 2016,  "In patients with acute pain presenting to the ED (Emergency Department), acupuncture was associated with more effective and faster analgesia with better tolerance" (than intravenous morphine). Acupuncture is also very good in treating a vast range of medical conditions, by regulating the nervous system, cardiovascular system, and endocrine system. Homeostasis refers to the body’s ability to regulate its environment and maintain internal balance. All diseases involve a disturbance of homeostasis, and nearly all diseases involve some degree of pain and inflammation. Research over the last several decades has shown most serious conditions, like heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, and cancer, are in fact primarily caused by chronic inflammation. Since most diseases are characterised by pain, inflammation, and disturbance of homeostasis, one can begin to understand why acupuncture can be effective for so many conditions.

 

The insertion and manipulation of very fine and sterile one time use needles, catalyse the body’s natural healing mechanisms. The mechanisms of how acupuncture works can get quite complex. But ultimately acupuncture stimulates the peripheral nervous system. Acupoints are superficial nodes where there are an abundant supply of nerves. Acupuncture works directly on the nervous system to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, oxygenation, and regulate hormones, all of which results in rapid cell repair and restoration. Since, distal acupuncture works on the nervous system, it is not necessary to insert needles directly into an area that is injured, or in pain. R.J. prefers to use distal points and micro-systems located far from the site of pain or illness, so as not to further aggravate and inflame the already affected area.

 

In the classical texts, it states that acupuncture points are dark caves, and the acupuncturist inserts needles to illuminate the darkness. Today that can be summarised as explaining that the insertion and manipulation of a needle into tissue causes a structural (cellular) change, hormonal (biochemical) release, and a nervous (energetic) system response. When a needle is inserted in the correct location with the required technique, a change of information occurs at all levels of the body.

 

A single cell has all the information necessary to reproduce, transform and function as any tissue, system, or part of the body. Acupuncture works at this level, by stimulating the body to change it’s information and send energy, blood, nutrition, and nerve impulses to a specific place in the body. Therefore, clearing the blockage that is affecting the physical body, energy, and consciousness by “illuminating the darkness”. 

One of the most influential mechanisms of acupuncture is in the promotion of blood flow. Everything the body needs to heal is in blood. This includes oxygen, nutrients for cellular function and repair, immune substances, hormones, analgesics (natural pain killers), and anti-inflammatories. Restoring proper blood flow is vital to promoting and maintaining health. For example, if blood flow is diminished by as little as 3% in the breast area, cancer may develop. Blood flow decreases as we age and can be impacted by trauma, injuries, and certain diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Acupuncture increases blood flow and vasodilation (expands the blood vessels) in several regions of the body.

 

In most circumstances there is an immediate response from acupuncture. But, in order to create long lasting change, and restore homeostasis, regular and frequent treatments are most often necessary. The body, just like the mind, has a hard time breaking bad habits! In China, patients are given a treatment protocol consisting of an expected length of treatment (6 weeks, 4 months, etc) and are treated multiple times per week (3 times/week; sometimes daily for certain conditions) and the results are astounding.

R.J. offers a comprehensive treatment plan based on a detailed diagnosis, to encourage patients to take full advantage of the healing power of Acupuncture. 

Link to: Acupuncture: An overview of scientific evidence

References: 

Bai Y., Wang J., Wu JP, Dai JX, Sha O., Yew T.W., Yuan L., Liang QN. Review of Evidence Suggesting That the Fascia Network Could Be the Anatomical Basis for Acupoints and Meridians in the Human Body. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011:260510

Changshik Yin, Thomas E. Buchheitb,, and Jongbae J. Park. Acupuncture for chronic pain: an update and critical overview. Current Opinion in Anesthesiology. 2017;30(00)

Grissa MH, Baccouche H, Boubaker H, Beltaief K, Bzeouich N, Fredj N, Msolli MA, Boukef R, Bouida W, Nouria S, Acupuncture vs intravenous morphine in the management of acute pain in the ED. Am J Em Med. 2016 Nov;34(11):2112–2116.

Lili Lin, Skakavac N.,Lin X., Lin D., Borlongan M.C.,Borlongan C.V., and Cao C. Acupuncture-Induced Analgesia: The Role of Microglial Inhibition. Cell Transplantation, Vol. 25, pp. 621–628, 2016.

Qian QL, Guang XS, Qian X, JIng W, Cun Z L, Lin PW, Acupuncture Effect and Central Autonomic Regulation. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013 May;2013: 267959.

Hunter P, The inflammation theory of disease. The growing realization that chronic inflammation is crucial in many diseases opens new avenues for treatment. EMBO Rep. 2012 Nov 6;13(11):968-70. doi: 10.1038/embor.2012.142. Epub 2012 Oct 9.

Shaozong, C. Modern acupuncture theory and its clinical application. (Chapter 5 The Morphologic Relationship between Points and Nerves). International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture. 2001;121(2):149-158 

Xiang A., Cheng K., Shen X., Xu P., and Liu S.The Immediate Analgesic Effect of Acupuncture for Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Hindawi Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Volume 2017, Article ID 3837194, 13 pages.

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