Healing Journeys: Acupuncture can help a variety of illnesses
Have you ever reached a point with pain or illness that you would do something that you knew nothing about on the advice of a friend? Many of us do, and so did Jaime DeGuzman many years ago when his back pain of nine months was unrelenting and a variety of treatments were unsuccessful. He wanted his pain to stop, so on the advice of a friend, he tried acupuncture. It worked. After giving up a career in the high tech industry, he returned to school to study and he now lives and works his love of healing through acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He recently opened Lotus Health Center with other practitioners in Grass Valley.
What is the premise of acupuncture and how does it benefit patients?
Acupuncture, like all the other branches of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), is rooted in the concept that health is in direct proportion to how freely our Chi (vital energy) flows throughout our body. There are many pathways, “meridians,” throughout the body where the Chi flows, and when this Chi does not flow properly, illness occurs.
If the Chi is deficient, stagnates or flows in the wrong direction, it can easily impact our health. There are several ways we can disrupt the harmonious flow of Chi: lack of exercise, the wrong nutrition, emotional upset. Example – stress, anger and frustration tend to stagnate the flow of Chi of the liver, creating an array of symptoms ranging from headaches (even migraine) and PMS to depression and stroke.
Fear tends to deplete the Chi of the kidneys and it can manifest in low back pain. For about 3,000 years, doctors in China have used acupuncture to harmonize, or normalize, the flow of Chi. By inserting very thin needles in very specific points of the body, the TCM practitioner is able to help normalize the flow of Chi. The biggest benefit is that acupuncture addresses the root cause of the problem.
A pain is treated by moving the stagnant Chi and not by masking it with a painkiller. There are times when the symptoms must be treated first (heavy bleeding, extreme pain) but as soon as the patient becomes stable, the root cause is treated. Acupuncture has no side effects; if a needle is inserted in the wrong place, the only effect would be that it doesn’t have the expected result. Lastly, an important benefit of acupuncture is the fact that it can be used to prevent illness from occurring.
How does Traditional Chinese Medicine help people to heal?
Under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there are five branches, and each one addresses the same core belief that if our Chi does not flow properly we are prone to get sick.
Acupuncture is perhaps the most well known branch of TCM and includes Moxibustion, a technique in which the herb mugwort is used to apply heat to an acupuncture point; and Cupping, which creates a vacuum in a glass cup and placing it on top of an acupuncture point, useful for those who are afraid of needles. The second branch of TCM is Chinese herbology. Chinese herbs are used to either complement or enhance an acupuncture treatment.
The third branch of TCM is Tui Na or Chinese massage, the strong stimulation of acupuncture points and meridians by the TCM practitioner’s hands. It is very useful for trauma and in pediatrics.
Chi-moving exercises is the fourth branch of TCM, which includes Tai Chi and Chi Gong. The last branch is Chinese nutrition where foods are recommended not so much for their nutritional value, but more for their properties. Temperature, flavor, color, and energy are some of the properties recommended for different conditions.
You recently opened the Lotus Health Center – what is the intention of the Center and who are the other practitioners?
My intention with this center is to work in collaboration with other health practitioners. No modality is perfect and I believe that by combining as many modalities as possible we can offer our patients a much better option. Massage is a great way of moving stagnant Chi, so the center has two massage therapists; Janice Polucha, and Chula Gemignani . Not being able to communicate can easily create frustration, the biggest culprit of liver Chi stagnation.
Loren Swift is our non-violent communication, expert providing mediation and classes. Not knowing what steps to take next in life can also be frustrating, so Lena Jdanova helps with Life Coaching and energy work. As the Chi inside the body becomes out of balance, Bernadette Fudge is able to pick up this energy wave with her Wave Maker technology. The machine fixes the wave and sends it back into the body. And, for more energy work Darlene Wilson uses Rainbow Reiki techniques and Angel Work.
Jaime De Guzman and other practitioners at Lotus Health Center are having an Open House Celebration, Thursday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. Come by and get free 15-minute mini sessions. Brunswick East Office Park at 565 Brunswick Rd, Suite #9 in Grass Valley. (530) 274-2811.
Suzie Daggett is the publisher of the INSIGHT Directory of Healing Arts Practitioners; she can be reached at (530) 265-9255 or http://www.insightdirectory.com”www.insightdirectory.com.
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