Sessions at the California Center for Conscious Acupuncture treat health issues by drawing from the repository of Chinese medicine. These not only include acupuncture, but also cupping, Chinese massage, moxa, herbs, and EFT. Each case dictates the most appropriate intervention.
Acupuncture is the most direct means to balance the Central Nervous System, which gets thrown out of balance from chronic health issues. It is also the most efficient means for stimulating immune function and, of course, stopping pain. Many people are needle averse. There are alternatives to needles, in addition to ways to take the edge off needle phobia.
Cupping treats large areas like the back, shoulders, and sacrum. It is a manual therapy that breaks up stuck tissue and pulls to the skin surface pathogenic factors causing discomfort. In contrast to the pulling of cupping, Chinese massage involves pushing trigger points. The area treated is smaller than that of cupping but larger than the precision of needles. The objective of both cupping and Chinese massage is to release trapped muscles and connective tissue, thus restoring proper function.
Moxa is an underused heat therapy that involves burning a dried species of artemesia. It comes in many shapes, grades, and forms. Below is a picture of some of the different types.
On the left and foreground is loose moxa. The blue stick is commonly referred to as “cigar moxa,” which can be used at home. The green and yellow items center and left are adhesive moxa, commonly used in with a needle. Moxa is necessary to treat chronic cold. Cold extremities, especially the feet, cannot efficiently transmit acupuncture impulses. Consequently, warming cold areas with moxa ensures the efficacy of acupuncture. Moxa is underused because many offices do not allow smoke, and it is time intensive. Conscious acupuncture takes whatever time needed to get you back to normal.
Chinese herbs are necessary for infections, metabolic disorders, and underlying nutrient deficiencies. These issues fall into the general categories displayed on the home page. Herbs are administered in pills or raw bag, the latter requiring home preparation for drinking. Herbal formula selections are based upon clinical indications and confirmed through muscle testing.
Although the controversy surrounding muscle testing is warranted, Conscious Acupuncture adheres to a few guidelines to ensure reliable results. First, all pill formulations are tested blind amidst a number of other formulations. The less one’s preconceived notions enter into the the the test, the better. Second, findings should array in a logical fashion consistent with the diagnosis to which the body points. Equivocal responses or those that do not array logically mean either the testing subject cannot be muscle tested at the time or that that the formulas tested all reflect an incorrect treatment approach. Finally, formulations that elicit unexpected positive responses are confirmed by researching the empirical data and historical records. Common formulations often don’t work in difficult cases. This is because the mechanism driving symptoms has not been addressed and because there are many different physiological imbalances that can manifest as a condition bearing the same name, for example acne, candiasis, hypertension, and hot flashes. The direct feedback afforded by muscle testing points treatment in the right direction.
With any chronic health issue comes a measure of stress and self-judgment. Often, conditions have their origins in unresolved traumas that the body is telling you require attention through the only means it has available: pain. Emotional Freedom Techniques addresses these emotional aspects of a condition through a simple and effective procedure. Though the psyche can cause health issues, it is by no means the only cause. The causes of health issues must never be guided by preconceived notions and always be guided by the information gathered from the patient interview and examination.
Sessions can be as short as 30 minutes but tend to range between an hour to 90 minutes, based upon the common objectives of doctor and patient. Most treatments occur at the home office in Mid-City where the full list of treatment options are available. Acupuncture and some moxa is available twice a week in Culver City. Book on line or call, ph. 323.936.5152.