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Acupuncture is one of the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Some techniques use fine, hair-like needles and some do not. After an assessment and discussion of symptoms with the patient, the practitioner may work on acupoints along the meridians of the body. Acupuncture restores proper circulation through the meridians, thus eliminating the cause of disease. This is always done as part of a discussion with the patient about what they are comfortable with.

We offer 4 different kinds of Acupuncture:

Ear Acupuncture

By examining individual reflex zones on the ear it is possible to identify precisely where in the body the pain is located-or which of the organs are affected if the origin of pain is unclear.

Examination is carried out by measuring voltage differences on the ear surface. Thus, the auricle can be regarded as the body’s own diagnostic centre because an ear point corresponding to a body part can only be detected when the part in question is disturbed. For example, an electrical change at the Liver Point on the ear indicates a disturbance of the liver.

Treatment is performed by needling the respective points on the ear and, if necessary, also on the body.

Laser Acupuncture

Laser acupuncture is an equivalent alternative to needle treatment.

A laser is a device that produces light in only one direction, with only one wavelength, and with all rays leaving the laser at the same time. Laser light is therefore parallel, monochromatic, and coherent. Laser light also differs from natural light by its extreme intensity. A laser can produce visible light or infrared light.

When the laser beam falls on the skin, some of its energy is passed on to the cells. This effect is used to influence acupuncture points and reflex zones, and even focal disturbances in the body. Lasers with specific, specially tested resonance frequencies are also used for diagnostic purposes.

Japanese Acupuncture

Founded by Kiiko Matsumoto, this style is largely defined by its use of a highly systematized method of palpation. Palpation is the ability to gain information through touch. This method evolved to an extraordinary level of sophistication in Japanese acupuncture for a very unusual reason.

Since as early as the Edo Period (1602-1868) Japanese acupuncture was a profession practiced largely by the blind. This fact carries through to the present day in that one of the primary influences in the development of KMS acupuncture comes from Master Nagano who was a blind acupuncturist. Once learned, palpation becomes an easy to use method for obtaining instant feedback as to the patient’s condition of health. The diagnosis and treatment strategies follow one another in one circular motion. Specific active reflexes suggest the diagnosis and the treatment efficacy be established by changes in the same reflexes.

Kiiko Matsumoto Style addresses the patient’s health issues from several levels. By looking more deeply into the structural and or constitutional imbalances, which often underlie a patient’s symptomatic complaints, the practitioner is able to assist in a more complete and lasting healing. It is precisely this holistic approach which gives a KMS acupuncturist the ability to help patients with the most complex issues. Often by seeing the patient’s problem from this broader perspective, the practitioner can solve difficult cases.

The practitioner using Kiiko Matsumoto Style acupuncture is part of a living tradition. The teachings of this system come directly from first-hand experience gained from some of Japan’s greatest acupuncturists.

Motor Point Acupuncture

Motorpoint acupuncture is a muscular-skeletal style of acupuncture. The treatments are chosen when a particular patient is suffering from an acute or chronic pain condition in the muscles and/or joints of the body. Specific locations are needled and a direct needle sensation is experienced by the patient. It may be a quick fasciculation of the muscle, which is a involuntary contraction of the muscle or a dull aching sensation. Muscles are targeted in treatment to relieve the tension within the muscles to support the muscles to relax which improves circulation to the muscle tissue and the surrounding structures.

What is Acupuncture?

The stimulation of acupuncture points is one of the oldest and most widely spread healing methods in the world. Stimulating precisely defined points of the skin can eliminate or alleviate disturbances in the body.

Acupuncture points are connected by energy pathways which are called “meridians”. According to ancient Chinese teaching, the life energy circulates through the body along these meridians. The components of the life force, Yin energy and Yang energy, act in the body as opposite poles. The ideal state of health is achieved by balancing Yin and Yang in the body. Any imbalance or blockage of energy leads to illness in the long run.

To restore the flow of energy, acupuncture points can be influenced in various ways. Sticking a needle into a point is called acupuncture. The points can also be stimulated by heat (moxibustion), pressure (acupressure), laser beam (laser acupuncture), underwater massage by jet of water, or ultrasound.

The course of a meridian through the body can explain why, for example, a disturbed gallbladder function can lead to headaches: The meridian running through the gallbladder region (the Gallbladder Meridian) extends further to the head. The meridian may be compared to a water hose: If the hose has a knot at one end, the water cannot flow out at the other end.

Likewise, a headache may occur when the flow of energy in the Gallbladder Meridian is interrupted due to a disturbed gallbladder function. In this example, the disturbed gallbladder needs to be treated first, in order to fight the headache.

Most people are scared by the idea of having needles stuck into their body. However, acupuncture does not hurt because acupuncture needles are very thin.


What are Permanent Needles

Permanent needles are sterile disposable needles. Your acupuncturist will insert them into some of the ear points found after individual inspection. Both ears-onto which the points for the entire body are projected-will be examined prior to inserting the permanent needles.

Once these short needles are positioned correctly in the ear, they should be stimulated in order to be fully effective. This is done with a dipole magnet contained at the end of the plastic case of the permanent needle. The small, black magnet is easily visible.

The stimulation is best achieved by holding the magnet very close to the needle (or gently touching it) and then turning the plastic case quickly back and forth between the thumb and index finger.

This acts like a small generator-like a bicycle dynamo-and produces a weak electric current that enhances the effect of the needle.

The stimulation may be repeated several times during the day without reservation, each time for about 15-20 seconds per needle. In addition, you may use this stimulation every time the symptoms occur for which you have received the permanent needle (such as pain, or the urge to smoke). The faster the magnet is turned, the more effective the stimulation will be.

The stimulating effect of the magnet penetrates the adhesive patch that covers the needle. The protective patch therefore remains in place when using the magnetic needle stimulator.

If the protective patch comes off or gets dirty, you should replace it. You can make a new patch by cutting out a piece of hypoallergenic adhesive tape (available in a pharmacy or drug store).

The permanent needles project only about 1mm above the surface of the skin and thus do not show up. You should avoid washing your ears in the areas where the needles have been inserted. You may temporarily use eau do toilette or aftershave to clean the area if necessary.

The needle should not cause any pain or inflammation. The skin around the needle should not be red.

If the skin becomes inflamed (reddened), the needles must be removed with a forceps. After removal, the area should e cleaned with ethanol or wound disinfectant. If in doubt, ask your acupuncturist to check the site.

You should keep the permanent needles in the ear for about a week. If the skin does not reject the needles and if the skin around the needles is not reddened, you may keep the needles longer than a week. Normally, it is not necessary to see your acupuncturist for removal of the needles. You can easily remove the needles yourself with a forceps. Please remove all needles on the day before the next treatment.

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