How does acupuncture work?
Though it seems mysterious, acupuncture has a scientific explanation and does not require a patient’s belief in order to work.
The brain is signaled when the needle is positioned. The brain responds by increasing blood cell counts and various other immune system elements, and lastly, by activating neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters (or messenger molecules) are responsible for sending information to all cells in order for the body to function.
Endorphins and enkephalins are well known neurotransmitters that stop pain and increase a feeling of well-being. Acupuncture causes the release of these natural, morphine-like substances from the brain.
Aside from the well-studied effect on pain, researchers are still exploring exactly how acupuncture aids the immune system. We know that certain blood counts and immune enhancing chemicals stay elevated for at least 3 days following an acupuncture treatment.
Modern research has described other various physiological shifts following acupuncture as well, such as beneficial changes in the body’s anti- inflammatory agents and hormonal activity.
What kind of conditions respond well to acupuncture?
An acupuncturist may be consulted for specific symptoms and conditions such as pain, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, migraine, menstrual disorders, intestinal disorders, addiction and a plethora of other conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the above conditions and many more as being responsive to acupuncture treatment. Carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety, migraines, infertility, shoulder injuries, low back pain, knee pain are just a few conditions that respond well to acupuncture.
What is an acupuncture treatment like?
Most patients would say, “relaxing.” Usually patients leave in less discomfort and are more functional than when they walked in. Sometimes the effects are too subtle to perceive, especially in the beginning of treatment. Over time, improvements become more and more apparent. Remember, the longer you have been suffering with an ailment, the longer it will take to correct.
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is self-regulating and self healing. The vital neuro musculo skeletal functions of the body are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways between the spinal cord and all the muscles, organs and glands, etc. of the human body. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause a malfunction of the tissue or organs, etc., throughout the body. Chiropractic doctors refer to this malfunction as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral, meaning the bones of the spine. Subluxation, meaning less than a total dislocation (joints being out of alignment), and Complex, means consisting of more then one part.
Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, reducing their impact to the nervous system, and a philosophy of natural care based on each individual's inborn potential to be healthy.
Are chiropractic adjustments safe?
YES! A New Zealand government study found that adjustments are “remarkably safe”. By avoiding drugs and risky surgery, chiropractic care enjoys an excellent track record. A thorough exam can identify the rare person for whom chiropractic care might be unsuitable. Compare the statistics. Adjustments are at least 100 times safer than taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
Do chiropractors treat conditions other than back pain?
Chiropractors provide effective treatment for all types of soft tissue disorders and not just back and neck ailments. This includes conditions of any joint, i.e., joints of the extremities like the ankle, knee, hip, wrist, elbow and shoulder. What you may not be aware of is chiropractic’s success in treating a number of conditions like dysmenorrheal (painful menses), ulcers, migraine headaches, and ear infections in children. While we cannot claim to cure these conditions, we believe that many of these problems can be mimicked, aggravated and some times caused by disruptions in the nervous system as a result of spinal abnormalities. By correcting these spinal abnormalities, chiropractic has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals overcome these conditions and regain control of their lives.
A number of studies have also supported these findings. In one such study, spinal manipulative therapy was compared with standard medical treatments in the treatment of duodenal ulcers. The researchers Pikalov, MD, and Kharin, MD, found those subjects receiving spinal manipulations took an average of 16 days to heal vs. 26 days to heal in the standard medical treatment group.
How do you get subluxations?
There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes could include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, sports activities, exercising incorrectly and improper lifting, etc. Emotions such as grief, anger and fear can cause subluxations. Chemical causes could include alcohol, drugs, pollution and poor diet.
Why do newborns get adjustments?
Even today’s “natural” childbirth methods can affect an infant’s spine. Preliminary studies suggest that colic, unusual crying, poor appetite, ear infections or erratic sleeping habits can be signs of spinal distress. Pediatric adjustments are gentile. Knowing exactly where to adjust, the doctor applies no more pressure than you would use to test the ripeness of a tomato.
What is a holistic pharmacy?
A holistic pharmacy carries a variety of vitamins, minerals, herbs and homeopathic remedies to supplement and nurture our human bodies.
Does your holistic pharmacy carry whole food supplements and herbal products?
Yes, our products are only sold through practitioners. You won’t find most of the supplements we carry on the market and we recommend if you do find them in some backroom, you report it to the company. This is similar to buying prescription drugs on the internet. The supplements we use are specific to the patient’s needs and a non-professional not properly trained is not qualified to distribute them.
Are all supplements alike?
No! There are only three types of supplements on the market today:
1. True food supplement (two types)
a. From organic food sources
b. From non-organic food sources
These are made from whole foods with only the water and fiber removed. In other words, they are dried food. The best whole food supplements will process everything at a temp below 112 degrees F to maintain live enzymes. They will contain all the nutrients required by our body to meet the needs of our cells.
2. Synthetic vitamins
Synthetic vitamins don’t come from food. For example, ascorbic acid comes from corn sugar to make what most people think is vitamin C. Thiamine comes from petroleum or coal tar products to make vit. B. Most vitamins you find on the shelf in the stores, including health food stores, are synthetic. While they are the exact moledcular formula of the organic nutrient, they contain none of the co-factors needed for the body to use the vitamin!
Chemically, the molecule is the opposite configuration (lt. hand spin verses rt hand spin which is found only in nature.) When taking in a synthetic vitamin, some say the body cannot utilize it at all, because there are no cofactors available. Some say that the body will have reserves of some of these cofactors and will set the body up for deficiencies as the vitamins utilize all its storages.
3. Crystalline vitamins
These are vitamins which are made by treating natural foods with high powered chemicals, solvents and heat. This process destroys almost all the vital enzymes and cofactors, leaving only the nutrient. So again, the body will use up the storages of cofactors and enzymes to work with what's left of the vitamin and when the storages are used up, the body will become deficient and deficiency diseases will begin to appear.
Can't I just get all my nutrients from the food I eat?
That would be ideal, however, it is not practical to believe we will get all our nutritional requirements through our foods. For ex. We would have to eat 5 pounds of wheat germ, 8 cups of almonds or 28 cups of peanuts and 3 quarts of corn oil to consume 400 i.u. of vitamin E. Our foods today come to our table with low levels of nutrients. By the time it gets into the supermarket, into our carriages and onto our tables for consumption, the nutrient levels are significantly lowered.
How can I tell which supplements I should be taking?
Seeing a doctor who specializes in this area, such as myself, is my strongest recommendation. Most doctors have no idea how to address this question and just recommend to their patients that they pick up a multivitamin.
On my menu of services, you will find we do a comprehensive evaluation to discover what your deficiencies are. This will involve questionnaires, blood work, possibly hormone testing. Then you are given a protocol to follow. Follow up will vary from patient to patient, depending on how deficient you are.
Is ascorbic acid Vitamin C?
No. Ascorbic acid is only a small percent of the natural C complex. When you take synthetic vitamin C, you are missing the rest of the complex including bioflavonoids, tyrosinace, P,K and J factors. For vitamin C to work optimally in your body, it needs to be the complete complex.
How many laser fat loss treatments will I need?
Treatments are structured into courses of eight. Your number of treatments, however, is determined at your consultation and is based on your requirements and goals. We suggest two treatments a week, over four weeks, to complete a course of treatments.
How long is each treatment?
An i-Lipo laser fat loss treatment takes just 20 minutes. The length of time for your post-treatment exercise to “burn off” the free fatty acids is determined at your consultation and is based on your requirements and goals.
Is it comfortable?
Most people feel very little during the treatment and find it comfortable and relaxing. The typical sensation felt is a slight warmth where the treatment pads are in contact with your skin.
Is it suitable for everyone?
i-Lipo can be used on both men and women and can treat all areas of the body except the female breasts. As with any treatment, people with certain medical conditions should not use i-Lipo. Your i-Lipo practitioner will go through a full medical questionnaire and consultation prior to the fat loss treatment in order to confirm suitability.
Is it safe?
Yes. Independent clinical studies have shown i-Lipo to be completely safe with no side effects. The fat loss laser simply triggers a natural reaction of fat cell release. The process does not cause any damage and cells remain intact, just smaller, giving immediate results.
How long will the results last?
Results are long-term, provided your calorie intake and eating plan is stable, and you engage in regular exercise. Further treatments can be performed to correct diet indulgence or target another area of the body.
When will I see results?
Often results can be seen immediately and improve with every treatment. Over the course of eight sessions, you can achieve dramatic reshaping of the body and reduction in cellulite.