ACUPUNCTURE REGULATES THE FLOW OF LIFE FORCE THROUGHOUT THE BODY.
THE ORIENTAL DOCTOR ASKS HIS PATIENT ON HIS VERY FIRST VISIT A THOUGHT-PROVOKING QUESTION, WHICH IS, “HOW LONG DO YOU WANT TO LIVE?” AFTER SOME DELIBERATION, THE USUAL REPLY IS, “AS LONG AS I HAVE MY HEALTH TO ENJOY LIFE.” The doctor then reminds the patient he must meet his responsibilities to his own health and that of his loved ones by obeying the four laws- rest, nutrition, moderate exercise, positive attitude, and by receiving regular pro-active and preventative health care.
WHAT KIND OF DISEASES CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Post partum care
“When you have 750 million people and it has been working for 5,000 years, there must be something to it.”
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body.
Its roots are deeply planted in China and authorities agree the science is between 5000 and 7000 years old. Its use spread throughout ancient Egypt, the Middle East, the Roman Empire and later into western Europe and Japan as merchants and missionaries to China told of the amazing discoveries the people of the Orient had developed.
Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network called meridians which traverses just below the surface of the skin communicating from the external to the internal organs and structures, at over 1000 “Acupoints” on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body’s circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key “Acupoints” on the body with the insertion of very thin needles (or other stimulation methods) restores balance and flow of energy to the affected areas.
Historians have stated, “More people have benefited from Acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern.”
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The human body’s energy flow courses over 14 meridians (energy channels). If a disruption of energy flow exists within these meridians, it can alter the entire system, creating an imbalance and producing pain or symptoms in the body.
One Acupuncture text describes an example of imbalance: If you were to compare a 175 lb. man on one end of a seesaw and a 45 lb. child on the other end, it would appear that the function of the seesaw was “broken” due to the fact that the heavier person would be sitting on the ground and the lighter would be dangling in the air. Even though the seesaw is producing a symptom of being broken, examination would not reveal anything wrong with the seesaw. The obvious answer is in the balance. Correction of the balance corrects the problem.
Another way to understand a disturbance in the energy flow is to imagine a traffic jam. All the cars (like the meridian energy in the body) are there in abundance, but they cannot all go to where they need to be, due to a stagnation of energy caused by the traffic jam, and vital communication and movement and connection is disrupted or slowed.
Acupuncture’s goal is to restore balance and harmony and open communication between the body’s energy systems by utilizing a combination of Acupoints located on the fourteen meridians.
HOW IS THIS DISTURBANCE IN ENERGY FLOW DETECTED IN THE PATIENT?
By many methods, including certain signs, symptoms, pain spots, palpation, reflex points, case history evaluation, muscle testing and by pulse or instrument readings.
HOW ARE ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS PERFORMED?
Dr. Jan Viafora is skilled in Painless Acupuncture. She utilizes sterile disposable needles, electrical stimulation (a small electro-vibration tool- a great choice for children, the elderly, or the sensitive), metallic balls or magnets taped to the Acupoints, a non-piercing needle called a Teishin, laser (light) stimulation, or finger tip pressure.
ARE SPINAL ADJUSTING TREATMENTS GOOD TO RECEIVE WITH ACUPUNCTURE?
Absolutely. Spinal adjusting is part of acupuncture health care. Chiropractic addresses NERVE flow, and Acupuncture addresses MERIDIAN flow. Leaving the chiropractic adjustment out of the treatment plan invites less than optimum results. (See NSA/ Chiropractic articles)
IS TREATMENT PAINFUL?
We all remember the pain of shots we have had in the past, so we assume acupuncture needles will hurt, however acupuncture needles are so thin that four of them can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle. The specific needle size that Dr. Viafora uses is about as thin as a horse’s tail, and because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, they need to be inserted with the help of a hollow tube. Most people compare the sensation as “less than a mosquito bite.” A phenomenon referred to as “TEH CHI” occurs when the energy is contacted. There may be no sensation at all, or the sensation might be felt as a mild heaviness or tingling. The more blocked the energy is at the particular point, the greater the sensation may be.
Patients often express a feeling of deep relaxation, balance, sensation of energy flowing, and a general feeling of well being during and after a treatment.
“Often, people are relieved that there is no pain, and are surprised when the needles are all in. They usually feel a pleasant tingly and calming energy circulating through their body once the needles are inserted,” states Dr. Jan Viafora, Sedona Acupuncturist.
EAR ACUPUNCTURE (AURICULOTHERAPY)
Dr. Viafora has attended numerous seminars that address treating the whole body through Acupuncture points in just the ear. Her first interest in this began when she was a teenager and purchased an old book at a garage sale that outlined research done by a French doctor who stimulated points in the ear and documented complete pain relief. (Many years later, now, this has become a coveted book by doctors fascinated with Auriculotherapy).
On the ear there are more than 100 Acupoints which relate to various organ systems and parts of the body. During fetal development the first structure to form is the brain and spinal cord. At about the same time, what later becomes the external ear also develops. Accordingly, there is a very strong relationship between the external ear and the central nervous system.
The ancient Chinese viewed the ear as resembling an upside down fetus with all the body parts proportionately arranged in and on the ear. Therefore, the lobe of the ear would relate to the head, brainstem, face, etc., whereas the top of the ear relates to the knee, foot, ankle, etc.
By stimulating specific points, headache, pains, anxiety, sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, and even toothaches may be successfully treated.
The success rate in ear acupuncture is remarkable. Thousands of American physicians have begun using ear acupuncture as an important adjunct to their practice.
DR. JAN VIAFORA
*Licensed in Acupuncture since 1987
*Fellow in International Academy of Clinical Acupuncture
*Holistic Chiropractic Physician
*Licensed in Physical Therapy
*Utilizes the Bioveda Bax Aura Laser Technology when appropriate, a specialized form of Acupuncture that addresses eliminating allergies and discomforts associated with chronic illness.(see Bax Aura article)
As a health care practitioner caring for pediatric to geriatric patients, Dr. Viafora’s goal is to establish OPTIMUM health and then MAINTAIN it through preventative care.
CHIROPRACTIC REMOVES THE OBSTRUCTION TO THE FLOW OF LIFE FORCE AT THE SPINE AND THROUGH THE NERVOUS SYSTEM.
ACUPUNCTURE REGULATES THE FLOW OF LIFE FORCE THROUGHOUT THE BODY VIA THE MERIDIAN ENERGY SYSTEM.
Drs. Marc and Jan Viafora of MOUNTAIN DOVE CHIROPRACTIC in Sedona, Arizona offer gentle Chiropractic, relief for allergies and chronic disorders with the Bax Aura Laser Technology, Acupuncture, Cold Laser Therapy, NET- Neuroemotional Technique, EFT- Emotional Freedom Technique, and Healing Intensives for out-of-towners. Please visit www.healinginsedona.com for free self help tools, inspirational and educational materials, and updated information. Contact them at email@example.com or (928) 284-9550 for an appointment or more information.