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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is a complete health care system that originated in ancient China, evolving over thousands of years and remaining effective today. Underlying the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a unique view of the world and the human body that is different from Western medicine concepts. This view is based on the ancient Chinese perception of humans as microcosms of the larger, surrounding universe—interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. The human body is regarded as an organic entity in which the various organs, tissues, and other parts have distinct functions but are all interdependent. In this view, health and disease relate to balance of the functions.

The cornerstones of TCM are acupuncture and herbal medicine. Herbs provide the internal treatment for strengthening the body, while acupuncture is Chinese medicine's most frequently used external treatment. Associated treatments are dietary therapy, moxibustion and cupping.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Oriental MedicineAccording to the classical doctrine of Chinese medicine, there is an unceasing flow of life energy throughout the human body. This vital energy originates from the major organs, and flows along the continuous circulatory channels called meridians. When the energy flow is smooth and in balance, a person is healthy; if the balance is disturbed, then a person will feel ill or pain. There are some specific points along the meridians called acupuncture points where the energy flow can be stimulated and the function of related organs can be regulated.

While Chinese concepts of the physical body may, at first, be difficult for a Westerner to accept, Western researchers have verified specific physiological changes during and following acupuncture. These include a strengthening of the immune system, the release of pain-killing endorphins, and better functioning of the hormonal system.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.

North Point Acupuncture in Alpharetta

Pain

  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting

Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Respiratory Complaints

  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies

Reproductive Issues

  • Infertility - female and male
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
  • Pregnancy
  • Post-partum

Chinese Herbal Medicine 

Chinese herbs in AlpharettaChinese herbal medicine enhances the effect of acupuncture and can also be used alone to alleviate symptoms, to restore balance and promote healing. Chinese herbs are most often used together in a formula rather than single herbs. The herbal formulas are prescribed to fit each patient's individual condition according to their TCM diagnosis. We use the highest quality; FDA approved herbal products at our clinic.

Many Chinese herbs are safe to take with medications. Some herbs do have interactions with specific medication. You will be evaluated for any drug and herbal medicine interaction before prescribing a formula. Please bring a list of your medications and supplements with you to your appointment.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion in AlpharettaMoxibustion involves the heating of acupuncture points with smoldering mugwort herb (known as moxa). Moxibustion stimulates circulation, counteracts cold and dampness in the body, and promotes the smooth flow of blood and qi. This safe, non-invasive technique may be used alone, but it is generally used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment.

Cupping

Cupping in AlpharettaCupping is an ancient technique, used in many cultures, in which a special cup is applied to the skin and held in place by suction. The suction draws superficial tissue into the cup, which may either be left in place or moved along the body. Cupping brings fresh blood to the area and helps improve circulation. Traditional cupping, sometimes referred to as “fire cupping," uses heat to create a vacuum-like suction inside of glass cups. In modern times, cups that use a small pump to create suction have also been introduced.

What to Expect During Your Treatment

Before each treatment, Sandra will evaluate your health by asking you questions about how you feel. She may ask to feel your pulse, not just to check its speed, but to judge its condition. She may also examine your tongue, which by its color and texture can reveal much about your health. She may perform some orthopedic tests to evaluate your muscular-skeletal condition or injury.

After this exam, you will begin your treatment. Only disposable needles are used. The needles are as thin as human hair and are tapped in through a tiny tube. The needles are left in while you relax under a heat lamp as soft music plays.

Most patients go into a state of deep relaxation and some even fall asleep due to the endorphins which are released during the treatment. In areas where the muscles are especially tight, electrodes may be attached to the needles. The electrical current provides a steady vibration to the tight muscles which feels like a gentle massage.

You may also receive moxibustion (a heat treatment) or cupping to improve circulation. Herbal supplements may be recommended to complement your treatment.

Number and Frequency of Treatments

Each patient is unique. The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient. Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while others may take four to ten treatments. While a specific problem is being worked on, you may visit your acupuncturist once or twice a week, and gradually reduce the frequency to once or twice a month. To simply maintain good health, you may limit your treatments to once every season - four times a year.

North Point Acupuncture

Sandra Moyer, Licensed Acupuncturist

1200 Arborhill Lane
Alpharetta, GA 30004
678-624-1242

Serving Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs