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Acupuncture & Moxa

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is currently the most well-known and scientifically studied component of the entire system of Chinese Medicine. It is a therapeutic modality that is grounded in thousands of years of successful clinical practice in the treatment and prevention of many disease conditions.

Acupuncture treatments involve manipulating specific points along meridian pathways on the body that cause an instant change in blood flow and body function. This is performed by quickly placing sterile, hair-thin needles into acupuncture points and manually manipulating them. The goal of Acupuncture treatments is to reestablish balance within the body in order to promote healing.

Research proves that Acupuncture treatments can release myofascial constriction, stimulate the cardiovascular system, activate the body’s natural pain and stress reducing neurotransmitters, regulate hormones and stimulate the immune response.

Dr. Meaghan Dishman, ND, LAc, MSOM customizes each treatment for every individual, in order to properly address the unique aspect of a specific imbalance or disharmony. Her technique is focused, gentle and light hearted.

At Bloom Integrative Medicine we provide comprehensive Integrative Healthcare for the whole family in Raleigh and The Triangle Area of North Carolina.


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Moxibustion (Moxa)

Moxibustion refers to the burning of the herb mugwort or Artemesia vulgaris, to stimulate acupuncture points for the purpose and promotion of healing. The herb can be burned near the skin, affixed to the end of an acupuncture needle or placed directly on the skin. A warming sensation is produced, increasing blood flow and creating a deep penetrating heat to the area.

Moxibustion is a well-known and studied treatment during pregnancy for turning breech babies to a normal, head down presentation.


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Cupping

Cupping refers to the practice in which a glass cup is applied to the skin after the pressure in the cup is reduced by the use of heat, so that the skin and superficial muscle layer is drawn into or suctioned within the cup. The treatment of cupping dates back to Egyptian time, with the earliest recorded use dating back the Taoist alchemist and herbalist Ge Hong (281-341 A.D.).

The sensation of cupping feels like a wonderful massage, and is used to treat a variety of symptom patterns such as muscular pain, GI disorders, lung diseases (asthma, chronic bronchitis), arthritis, paralysis and the muscle aches associated with the common cold.


Acupuncture FAQs

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture has been safely used for thousands of years. It is still the treatment of choice for over a quarter of the world’s population. Here at Bloom Integrative Medicine we use sterile single use needles and clean the area of the skin with alcohol prior to the placement of the needle. Side effects are rare and minor.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Pain tolerance is a subjective experience, and while most people strongly dislike needles, acupuncture is not at all like getting your blood drawn. Most are pleasantly surprised at the lack of pain involved with acupuncture.

While some points can be sensitive at first, the initial discomfort quickly dissipates and the overall relaxation and benefits surpass.

What should I expect from my treatment?

Your practitioner will conduct a thorough examination and take an extensive medical history to assess both physical and emotional health. The examination will consist of the practitioner feeling the pulses (there are 12 in the Chinese system), examining the tongue and palpating the channels. All of this information is distilled and analyzed in the framework of Classical Chinese medicine in order to arrive at the proper individualized diagnosis and customized treatment.

The average acupuncture treatment lasts about 20-30 minutes depending upon the condition being treated. Office visits are on average 1hour in length. Typically patients feel very relaxed and rejuvenated after a treatment.

How often do I need to come for treatments?

Treatment plans are all customized for each individual patient. A portion of the initial consultation is creating a treatment plan specific to your needs and abilities. In general, we recommend treatments initially once to twice a week for 3 months so that we can closely monitor your progress. After this initial 3-month period, typically acupuncture treatments are tapered down to one to four treatments per month as a means of prevention and continued treatment. Acupuncture efficacy builds cumulatively, and after a strong foundation is established we can modify the treatment plan accordingly.


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