Biomedical Acupuncture - A Medical Approach
While the word Acupuncture really just means to puncture with a needle it had been used to define a larger entity that is usually called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM includes the use of many very specific combinations of herbs (used similarly to how we use pharmaceuticals nowadays) as well as the use of Acupuncture to balance the energy meridians within the body. It also includes manual body work somewhat like massage and even Tuina which is similar to chiropractic. Long ago the Traditional Chinese system of health care was actually somewhat similar to ours today. It hasn't really changed much and remains very similar to how it was many years ago, and I mean that in a good way in that it worked well then and it works well now.
In the past 20 years much has been published about the mechanisms of Acupuncture, some scientific, some not so much. Of the objective scientific publications Dr. Janet G. Travell, MD & Dr. David G. Simons, MD developed trigger point techniques that are used widely today by everyone from massage therapists, physical therapists and chiropractors (trigger point therapy pressure based techniques) to pain management physicians ( trigger point injections). Also Dr. C. Chan Gunn, MD who dedicated his career to relieving patients pain through the use of his spinal segment techniques based on the dermatomes and myotomes which are recognized by everyone in medicine as the pathway of the sensory and motor nerves. Roughly the same as the Hua Tuo Jai Ji points that acupuncturists have used for a couple of thousand years.
The use of acupuncture needles in all these points has been part of all of their research and it has always worked to a great degree!
Enter - Dr. Yun-tao Ma, Ph.D.
Dr Ma received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of South Carolina for research in the field of pain mechanism and neuronal rehabilitation. He is a renowned international authority in acupuncture pain management and trauma rehabilitation and has more than 40 years of experience practicing and teaching throughout the world. Dr Ma believes that science advances through our disagreement with each other as far as what "we think" we know. Because of this he is a humble man and credits all who's work has helped him put together his ideas of what works, along with the why & how. In that spirit I credit Dr. Ma and his lovely wife Mila for much of what I know and practice every day as far as the use of Dr. Ma's Biomedical Acupuncture Technique is concerned. I have studied under many teachers since 2004 when I began using Acupuncture in practice and I respect and appreciate them all but Dr. Ma's work has and will continue to revolutionize the way acupuncture needles are used to treat pain. Thank you Dr. Ma and Mila for teaching me.
What is the "Biomedical" approach to acupuncture?
Unlike traditional acupuncturists I do not evaluate and balance the energy meridians for you to heal yourself. I evaluate certain tender points to determine how to proceed with your treatment. Then I treat specific painful points in the areas where the nerves innervate the muscles. It is the nerves and blood vessels that carry the healing energy and it is the small traumas made by the acupuncture needles that stimulate electrical impulses known as the energy of healing. It is believed that these tiny traumas from the needles and the energy of healing that follows has always been a mechanism of many acupuncture success stories.
I utilize this system
of acupuncture by Dr. Ma Ph.D. called
"Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management". It is based on the experience of
generations of acupuncturists as well as modern medical neuro-anatomy. Because
of this system, I am able to target your pain very specifically on your first
visit to my office. Let me clearly explain that I target the specific nerves
responsible for transmitting your pain signals to your brain and I do so at
three different levels.
I do not treat "meridians of energy" even though many of the
points may be the same. I treat the muscles and the area that the nerve attaches to the muscle, that is
one way acupuncture works and it has been proven to be how Biomedical
Acupuncture works to treat pain.
I do not treat "meridians of energy" even though many of the points may be the same. I treat the muscles and the area that the nerve attaches to the muscle, that is one way acupuncture works and it has been proven to be how Biomedical Acupuncture works to treat pain.
This system allows me
to evaluate your overall "health" (really your lack of health and your
likely response time) utilizing a very quick and precise evaluation method. Then
on that first visit I can target the first set of points that relate to your overall health. Second I target the segmental
levels of the spinal nerves at what I determine to be your level of pain or
problem as well
as the levels above and levels below. That is because those
particular sets of nerves spread out and effect the discs, dermatomes and
myotomes both above and below
so several need to be targeted to be sure the level we are trying to effect is
truly maximally affected. Finally I target your specific area of pain. For
example if yours was low back pain that radiated down the leg then needles would
likely be placed all along the painful area at specific sites that we find to be tender.
If you have read any websites that discuss acupuncture then you realize that what I have just described is a stark contrast to almost every other practitioner out there. Most give an explanation about the chi and energy flow and the meridians and leave you wondering how this could work. In the old times people used stories to be sure the younger people remembered the acupuncture medicine, the points and the methods of finding the right points to treat. The “string and pearls” is the term that describes the art of using a story (string) to hold the information (pearls of wisdom and knowledge) together so that it is not easily forgotten. I have great respect for the acupuncturists that spend many years learning to read the pulses necessary in proper acupuncture diagnosis and I respect their ability and readily admit that few who practice acupuncture can match the skill of the seasoned acupuncturist when it comes to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
other hand, thanks to
Dr Yun-tao Ma, we health care practitioners can learn to be very effective at
treating your pain quickly and precisely by duplicating Dr Ma's method
If you are a practitioner and are interested in knowing more, please feel free to call me at the office. 903-570-7080 or just check out Dr Yun-tao Ma PhD, his link is at the bottom of the page.
Acupuncture of the Ear
aka: Auricular Acupuncture or when done without needles called Auriculotherapy.
A complete system of acupuncture exists on the auricle (ear). Like traditional acupuncture, Auricular Acupuncture offers a complete system of acupuncture points on the ear that actually effect things all over your body.
For example I can treat three to five points in your ear that might help your low back pain, neck pain, headaches or stress. The method has been called Battlefield Acupuncture because some soldiers are using this treatment on each other (yes they are trained) while they are out on missions. Another treatment that has become quite popular is to help one stop smoking. I offer all those treatments and I am certified by the ACI.
A note here: I am
working on a research project to help those who have lost a limb or limbs and
experience phantom limb pain. If you or anyone you know is interested in
participating in this research a significant discount on treatment is offered
for their participation. Even greater discount is available for Veterans (if
free is considered a discount) Please when you call, mention the Phantom Limb Pain Research Project.
Auricular Acupuncture treats your pain or addiction neurologically but it doesn't restore function. That is one thing that acupuncture does that other therapies don't. The tiny lesions actually increase healing function in he areas we treat and in the areas the nerves we treat are connected to!
We have one completely
private acupuncture relaxation room for your complete comfort and one more
communal room where others might also be receiving treatment of some type. This gives you an incredible stress
relieving treatment and often in less than thirty minutes your back to your day, with
a lot less pain or stress! Acupuncture is a simple
treatment and is awesomely powerful!
Don't forget that football players need Acupuncture too!