|Acupuncture, Massage & Chinese Herbal Medicine in Seattle ~ Haydn Engelke, MSA, LAc|
In the Chinese Medicine Theory of Five Elements, Wood is the element of the Liver and Gall Bladder, and is associated with the emotion of anger. In nature wood is represented by Spring, when growth begins with the rancid smell of fresh cut grass, and the sour taste of unrippened fruit. Individuals with a Wood constitution either excel or have trouble planning, decision-making, and action. The future and their ability to see it can be their strength. When out of balance they may procrastinate or have a sense of hopelessness.
Conditions Treated by Acupuncture: Pain
At some point in life, everyone experiences pain: headache, joint pain, low back pain, neck pain, TMJ, etc. Pain is the most common complaint physicians see in their practices. Besides experiencing pain, most of us have also taken a wide range of pain medications, from over-the-counter medicine like aspirin to stronger prescription drugs; and we are aware (as our doctors are) that these medications can have unpleasant and unwanted side effects. There is an alternative to take these synthetic Western drugs. Acupuncture is a time-tested, safe, natural and effective treatment for many disorders including pain.
According to Chinese medicine when the flow of Qi is blocked or stagnant, pain and illness result. If Qi is blocked at the skin level, you can see bruising or swelling of the tissue. Blockage in the flesh level can produce stiff, sore muscles; Qi stagnation in the joints produces arthritis pain, TMJ pain, neck and back pain, etc. Internal blockages can produce many symptoms and kinds of pain, including headaches, sore throat, chest pain, stomach pain, menstrual pain, sciatic and nerve pain. In an Acupuncture treatment the goal is to break up blockages and promote the free flow of Qi through the body.
So if you have been suffering from acute or chronic pain, give Acupuncture a try. For acute pain, you may just need one to a few treatments. For chronic conditions, a course of six to eight treatments is recommended, by which time you should be able to tell what sort of a response you are having to acupuncture. Some people notice relief right away; some need a few more treatments to notice the change.