If you're searching for different ways of increasing well-being and decreasing the symptoms of any ailments have, you've probably encountered people who have said they find acupuncture to be very helpful. It is one of the oldest on earth and has interesting principles worth considering as a health practice. I've been using acupuncture as a form of health maintenance for several years and am happy to say that there is an excellent practitioner right in our great community of Rocklin. Please read on to learn more about this ancient form of health improvement and restoration.
Integrative Care is Widely Used
Would you be surprised if your health care provider recommended yoga, acupuncture, or massage therapy as a part of your treatment or wellness plan? This evidence-based, holistic approach to health care is called integrative medicine.
Its principle is widely accepted by even the most conventional health care practitioners. It replaces the older notion that a person is choosing "alternative care" when receiving acupuncture, practicing yoga, or tai chi because it isn't an alternative-it's an enhancement. Integrative care is recommended because evidence shows that traditional Western medicine principles are based on the treatment of something gone awry. In contrast, Eastern medicine's care aims to restore or optimize vitality. The two pair up very well and aren't considered alternatives to each other but rather compliments. The fact that the Mayo Clinic endorses integrative care and medical insurance companies cover it in various forms speaks volumes about its value in our lives.
What is Acupuncture and How Does it Work?
The word acupuncture means the practice of inserting hair-thin needles into the body at specific points to stimulate nerves, therefore redirecting energy throughout the body. There is evidence that acupuncture has been practiced as a form of health care for at least 2,500 years. Originally started in the Far East as a primary form of treatment, it was brought to the United Kingdom in 1810 and the United States in the 1970s. The acupuncture theory tradition believes that energy flows within the human body, and this energy can be channelized to create balance and health. This energy flow is called qi and pronounced "chee". In its earliest practices, needles weren't used, but the principle has remained the same. It has always been based on the belief that energy moves throughout the body along 12 main channels known as meridians.
The tools of acupuncture are extremely thin, stainless steel, pre-sterilized, single-use needles. It's important to note that the needles are packaged individually and used only once. A good acupuncturist will open the needles in view of the patient so that there are no safety concerns.
Because acupuncture is a form of energy work, there are various ways in which it is practiced. While the principles remain the same, the methodology changes according to the goal.
Consider physical therapy, for example. A person participates in physical therapy intending to increase mobility, decreasing pain, etc. But the various ways in which that goal is achieved vary according to because issues are very individual. The same is true of acupuncture. Body acupuncture points are located deep in the skin close to the tendons and muscles. Depending on the person's needs, the needles may be placed along the energy channels on the person's arms, legs, feet, hands, and scalp. Another form of acupuncture is known as reflexology, which uses very specific points in the ears representing a particular body area. Either form of acupuncture works on the same principle of energy moving through the body. Whether putting needles into areas of the body that are "energy pathways" or putting needles where the body's systems are represented and connected, either method is highly respected and widely used.
What Makes Dr. Larry Deng So Popular?
As with any form of care, it's very important to understand every aspect of it to make an informed decision on whether to participate in it. Just as a person researches forms of exercise to determine what will work best or spends time looking into the form of yoga that's going to best fit, the same should be true for acupuncture. When my primary care physician and I weighed options to meet my health care plan's goals, acupuncture was a recommended form of treatment. I spent time learning about acupuncture and who was recommended by people with various conditions in my area. That's how I learned about Dr. Deng. Not only does he hold every level of certifications, including board certifications in California, but masters have also trained him in the practice of acupuncture.
Dr. Deng's practice methods include incorporating the mind, body, and spirit of the person in need of health restoration. His practice includes sitting with the person and listening to the story behind the condition. While his approach is to use acupuncture to get a person restored to health, his methods include listening to the circumstances that have manifested themselves into physical signs of disease. Dr. Deng says, "I'm not a healer. I'm the helper that gets the person's body to correct itself back into restore wellness". His way of helping people regain wellness includes making connections between their emotional responses to their circumstances.
What to Expect During a Visit to Dr. Deng
As a person with over 25 years of working in the mental health industry, I knew that my visit needed to include ways in which I felt emotionally safe and physically treated for my ailments. I knew that I wanted to be comfortable, so I did my part to create that for myself. I wore cozy, loose fitted clothing, and even brought a token of a beloved relative to hold onto as a way of connecting with my emotions. Because there is no disrobing, it's important to make sure you're comfortable in what you're wearing. I also recommend bringing soothing music to listen to for the time when you're left with the needles doing their job. While I've never fallen asleep myself, I have talked to other patients who have fallen asleep during their treatments. It's advisable to eat a very light meal before sessions, abstain from alcohol use, and wearing make-up. Also, avoid using perfumes or colognes as each session should be as organic to your senses as possible.
After asking what is happening in the person's life, Dr. Deng asks for feedback during acupuncture. It's good to give yourself a scaled number for what you're feeling at the time you start your acupuncture session as he'll ask again at the end of the session for what that number is for you post-session. This number system, along with any outward signs of change, is a way to chart the movement towards health restoration.
In addition to acupuncture, Dr. Deng is highly proficient in offering herbal teas as part of a person's health restoration plan. I can attest to my benefits to working with Dr. Deng, have family members that have benefited from his help, and have met some of his other patients that give testimony to remarkable improvements they've experienced. If you're someone seeking a way to gain physical and emotional improvements in your life, consider contacting Dr. Deng for guidance on whether acupuncture is for you.
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