Fertility

Treatment for infertility in women via Acupuncture and Chinese herbs (TCM) has been available since ancient times.

Women's Health

Acupuncture has been found to be around 90% effective in treating menopause symptoms.

Acupuncture helps to free blocked Qi and to fix imbalanced Qi and can enable the acupuncturist to get to and treat the root cause of the pain.

Stress

Acupuncture has been found to be comparable to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in the treatment of anxiety.

Today's world is stressful. We live in a hectic culture and face many conflicts and challenges in our daily lives.

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The Changing Climate of Modern Healthcare

by Adam Miramon, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Published: Pathways Magazine, Summer 2014

Over the past century, the world has seen many advances in modern medicine as well as changes in the healthcare industry. Some of these advances include early cancer detection methods, treatment protocols for HIV, pharmaceutical research and development, and the acceptance of midwifery as a medical profession. The healthcare environment continues to grow and evolve with the advancement of medical specializations such as cardiology, internal medicine, oncology, gastroenterology, radiology, etc. One of the most notable and controversial changes to the healthcare industry in the past few years was the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. These are just a few of the evolutionary changes in the healthcare industry. What might be some changes we expect to see in the coming years?

Integrative Practices

Multi-specialty medical groups have existed in some form or another for approximately the past fifty years. Initially, these medical groups formed by adding professionals from other medical specialties such as family practice, lab work, psychiatry, neurology, oncology, internal medicine, radiology, etc. Many of these groups may have formed out of financial necessity or the need to provide certain services to their patients. Some of the large medical networks provide multiple medical specialties in the same office, building, or campus which adds to patient convenience. In fact, many physician’s offices in the metropolitan area have a laboratory and phlebotomist on staff for patient convenience, added income to the practice, and/or the ease of receiving laboratory results.

Understanding Your Acupuncturist: The Three Treasures and The Vital Substances

by Adam Miramon, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Published: Pathways Magazine, Spring 2014

 Many of us may be familiar with terms like blood, oxygen, water, etc. as these terms are used by our physicians. In fact, our society has been bombarded with medical facts through television, print, and the internet, that virtually any person living in America has some basic understanding of terms used by their physician. On the flip side, those patients seeking acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine for the first time have a limited understanding of the philosophy, theory, and even basic Chinese medical terminology. The goal of this article is to present a basic knowledge of some of the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine to the public – empowering them to speak with their acupuncturist and ask appropriate questions.

 This article will continue to build upon the foundation of a previous article which focused on Meridians and Qi. The conversation will focus on the substances in the body that are necessary for life to exist. These substances have a philosophical, theoretical, and clinical implication. Some of the body components discussed by your physician include red blood cells, white blood cells, adrenaline, glucose, etc. These are just examples of substances considered vital to the functioning of the body in western medicine. Practitioners of Chinese Medicine have a different set of terms for these types of components or materials. They are considered the Three Treasures and the Vital Substances.

Understanding Your Acupuncturist: Meridians and Qi

by Adam Miramon, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Published: Pathways Magazine, Winter 2013

Allopathic physicians, those that practice “conventional” medicine, have vocabulary and special terminology to identify conditions happening within the body, their causes, tests, and treatments. These include terms like mastitis, heart attack, cystic fibrosis, mastectomy, complete blood count (CBC), high cholesterol, etc. Towards the end of 20th century, many Americans have begun to understand the allopathic terminology used by their physicians. In fact, some patients have made the effort to learn both the medical terminology and their meaning. Patients have access to a number of print and online resources like the Merck Manual, MedlinePlus, WebMD, the Mayo Clinic website, and many more. The knowledge gained by these patients has empowered them to partner with their medical doctor to improve their health through diet, exercise, prescription medicine, integrative medicine, as well as surgery when necessary.

Like allopathic physicians, Chinese medical practitioners have their own terminology when working with and treating patients. However, patients may be less knowledgeable about the terms or lack a deeper understanding of the definitions. Another possible misunderstanding occurs when the patient attempts to frame their practitioner’s statements in a western medical context. Although there may be some overlap in describing a medical condition between Chinese medicine and allopathic medicine, the terminology of the two professions are completely separate and quite different. With this in mind, how does one learn the “lingo” of their acupuncturist empowering them to effectively partner with their practitioner.

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