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What Should I Feel When I Receive Acupuncture?

     IMG_0502-793x594Acupuncture is a system of medicine that has existed for thousands of years in Asia.  Today it is practiced in China, Korean, Vietnam, Japan and many other countries all over the world.  There are many different styles with many different techniques.  There is one single thing that makes acupuncture work regardless of the style that is being used.  Proper needle manipulation to achieve the “de qi” sensation.  You might be asking yourself what  the heck is “de qi”.  De qi is a sensation that the acupuncturist illicit from proper needle insertion and manipulation.  A patient should feel pressure, soreness, distention, heaviness, warmth, or some sort of movement along the course of the channel. Some people describe the feeling of movement as a feeling of water or electricity.  These responses tell the body to perform certain functions.  They reprogram the body from a state of illness to a state of health.  They also tell the practitioner that they have needled the point correctly.

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Sound Sleep + Smooth Digestion = Good Health

sleeping-cat    From a Chinese Medicine point of view sleep and digestion are two of the most important things in regards to your health.


     A good nights sleep and smooth digestion can help your body not only stay strong and but also give you the strength to fight off disease. A good night’s sleep allows your body to fully rejuvenate and rest from the prior days work and play. A digestive system that functions properly allows us to get all of the nutrients from our food.

    Many of us suffer from sleep problems. Either we cannot fall asleep or we wake up several times during the night. Some of us do not trouble sleeping but we still wake up exhausted. Over time poor sleep quality can contribute to a wide array of physical and emotional issues. These include infertility, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, weight gain among other problems.
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Studying Tuina And Acupuncture In Beijing

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Ira Wahrman L.Ac in Beijing with Master Yu

     Many people I have talked to that have visited Beijing to study Chinese Medicine often say that all the classical lineages and treatment methods are no longer practiced in mainland China.  This could not be further from the truth.  I would agree that the last hundred and fifty years of invasions, civil wars and revolutions have greatly hurt traditional healing methods and Chinese Culture as a whole.  That does not mean it no longer exists.  Their are plenty of sweet spots all over Beijing and all over mainland China.  You just need to know where to look.

     In two thousand and eleven I met my teacher.  He is a third generation tuina master.  Tuina is another name for Chinese massage.  At the hospital he is the doctor that get results with patients that have tried every other doctor.  His tuina is very different from other tuina methods that I have seen being taught in America.  It is not a protocol based system like most TCM style therapies are.  He treats your main complaint as well as strengthening your overall body condition.  By this I mean he will not just treat your back pain but he will also treat your insomnia, digestive troubles or whatever other complaints you have as well.  One interesting case I saw while there was him treating a patient with Shingles.  After two treatments she was 80% better. continue reading »

Ira Wahrman L.Ac on Proper Dosage of Acupuncture Treatment

How much acupuncture do I need?

     At the acupuncture office in Mamaroneck patients often ask how often they need to come for treatment.  Acupuncture is no different from any other form of medical intervention. When you take prescription medication the dosage is listed on the bottle. When you take herbal medicine you are also given a proper dosage to achieve the desired results. Proper dosage of acupuncture allows for effective treatment and good results. When I say dosage of acupuncture I am referring to individual treatment length, frequency of visits and amount of needle stimulation.

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A Discussion Of Distal Acupuncture For Pain

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This two point group is called heart knee. It is a very famous point combination from the Master Tung acupuncture system. These points are extremely effective for knee pain.

     When most patients come in to see me in Mamaroneck for an acupuncture session to treat their pain condition they are often surprised to find that I usually do not place the needles in the area where they are experiencing the pain.    For example if a patient comes in for right knee pain I would not needle the right knee .  I might needle the left knee, the elbow or even their hand.  After the needles are in place I ask the patient to move their right knee.  The patient should experience some degree of pain relief.  When patients first experience this they think it is bizarre, but it definitely works.

      Why does it work?  From a Chinese medicine perspective every small part of your body represents the body as a whole.  You can treat every part of the body just by using a single part.  For example you could use the hand to treat back pain, headaches, foot pain, knee pain, shoulder pain etc.  It may sound crazy but I see it working everyday in the clinic.

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