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Dayton Acupuncture
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Acupuncture is very successful in treating most issues. We follow the Traditional Chinese Medicine model and would look at your whole body, symptoms, and experiences before making a decision as to what is needed to repair your situation. Typically, on the first session we have you fill out a review of systems chart and we review together and discuss what you want to work on. So, we treat both the chief complaint and the underlying issue as described in TCM. Then we perform the acupuncture and if needed do some hands on treatment. We also give instructions as to what you might do at home to help you with your specific issues. The needles are in place for about 40 to 45 minutes. Cost for the first session is $95.00 and follow up sessions are $75.00 in a private clinic which is required if any extra treatments are given such as hands on work, tdp lamp for trace minerals, electric stimulation to the needles, or any instructions. All clients are asked to come in for the evaluation for a first treatment.

Most people are able to turn their situation around within 10 - 12 treatments for weight loss given over a 3+ month period. Some in fewer sessions and some in more sessions. Each person responds in their own unique manner.

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Thanks for your interest in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Acupuncture needles connect with a person’s qi, likened to the vital energy in the body, to clear any obstructions in the channels.

The channels and network vessels are pathways by which qi and blood circulate throughout the body and between the organs and tissues. The channels also connect the internal organs with the exterior part of the body. This channel and network system functions similarly to the world information communication network. The channels allow the various parts of the body to cooperate and interact to maintain life.

A basic idea in Chinese Medicine, dating to 400 BC, about pain is:

If there is free flow, there is no pain; and conversely, if there is no free flow, there is pain.

The lack of free flow according to Chinese medicine is due to either an obstruction of the smooth flow of qi and blood or due to an insufficient amount of qi and blood to maintain smooth, free flow. Thus all pain, no matter what the standard medical diagnosis, is seen as a problem with the free flow of qi and blood. The acupuncturists job is to diagnose which channels are obstructed and decide the treatment to restore the free flow of qi and blood.
Acupuncturists diagnose the channel(s) that are affected by the specific information given by the patient. In other words if a person is able to pinpoint exactly where the pain occurs, what aggravates it, and what alleviates it, then this person is a good candidate for acupuncture. It is best if the pain is present on the appointment day as the acupuncture treatment is expected to change/decrease the pain within 1-5 minutes of the insertion of the needles. The immediate feedback of the needles’ influence is very important to know the overall effectiveness of the treatment. For those whose pain is more diffuse and generalized or indescribable, it is more difficult to pinpoint the affected channels and it may take more time and effort to expel the pain.
When using the channel theory methods the needles are placed in areas of the body that are distal and not adjacent to the pain location. Thus the local tissues of the pain area will not be further damaged. Distal points are most effective in changing pain.

Every person has their unique experience with pain and this same experience holds true for acupuncture needles. Some people feel the needles give a particular sensation.
An acupuncture session lasts about one hour; 15 minutes to describe what has happened since the last treatment and 45 minutes for the needles to do their work. Initial Evaluation sessions last about 1.5 to 2 hours, depending how quickly the patient is able to describe the pain problem and give the health history. An average treatment course to completely get rid of pain takes anywhere from 10 to 20 treatments if a person obtains a treatment for 2-3 treatments a week (minimum of 2/week); or up to 30 treatments if the same person receives once a week treatments. Longer courses are expected for those with emotional issues. Shorter courses sometimes occur.

Left handed and ambidextrous people tend to take a longer treatment course. There are special adjustment techniques that can be applied for the left handed and ambidextrous people to aid and hasten the healing process.
About 2-10% of people with pain are not able to be helped. Some of these people have strong reactions after the first treatment with flu like symptoms.
A mailman came in with a heel spur. He had surgery on the other heel about 2 years ago and didn’t want to take off work again for more surgery. He experienced a lot of pain for 3 months during his 6 mile route. He received acupuncture and immediately obtained relief on the first day. The pain returned within 3 days and he continued his treatment for 10 more sessions. After that time the pain did not return.

An office worker who loved to climb mountains, play baseball, and golf had sprained her ankle 1½ years ago and the pain progressively became worse. She obtained relief from pain and swelling on the 1st treatment; which subsequently returned a day later. She continued her treatments for a total of 5 sessions and the pain was completely gone. She was able to return to her sports.

A journalist had neck pain and headaches for 12 years; had cervical surgery twice and the pain persisted. She had difficulty holding her head up, driving, and experienced extreme pain. After 3 treatments she was able to tolerate her life much more with an 80% reduction in pain. She was a vacationer and returned to Illinois with a referral to continue treatments.

A conductor had numbness and pain along both arms and hands for 1-2 years; he had lost fine motor movement so that he could not button nor snap his fingers. The right hand numbness cleared within 5 treatments and the left hand completely cleared within 9 treatments. He would feel about 60-70% better with each treatment and the numbness and pain would return after about 2-3 days always a little lighter. After this 9 treatments his low back pain also cleared as did his allergies (hay fever).
With Sea Vegetables because in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the winter season corresponds to the organs of the kidneys, adrenals, bladder, and reproductive organs. Sea vegetables are known to strengthen, balance and cleanse and help these organs as well as the hair, skin and nails. Seaweeds provide a variety of minerals and vitamins, including calcium, iron and iodine, and help balance thyroid levels in the body. Eating too many processed foods or foods grown in mineral-depleted soil can result in a lack of minerals in the body, leading to cravings for salty or sugary foods. Adding sea vegetables to your diet balances your energy levels and helps stop food cravings.

Some seaweed to consider trying are Hiziki, Arame, Kelp and Wakame Hiziki and Arame are reconstituted with a good source of water for 15 minutes then drained and covered with filtered water and simmered for 10 minutes and drained. Use just a handful of the seaweed to obtain a custard dish of cooked seaweed. Keep refrigerated and add 1-2 tablespoons to salads, greens, bean dishes.

Kelp added to homemade soups and simmered for about 30 to 45 minutes in the soup. Use about 1 inch square piece of the dried Kelp aka Kombu. See our Receipe of the Month. Click on link in the Right Panel.

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