Traditional treatments for modern ailments refers to the history of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medical treatments. Acupuncture itself dates back the the stone age. Oetzi the mummy from the Swiss alps, some theorize, had markings on his body that may have been a primitive form of acupuncture.
Along with acupuncture, we also practice traditional Chinese herbology. the use of herbs is as old as acupuncture. We at Acupuncture Health Services use formulas that have been used for thousands of years. The system of Chinese herbology differs from other herbal schools in that we use the combination of herbs not single herbs.
One of the other treatment methods we use is cupping. Perhaps one has seen an immigrant parent or grand parent use glass suction cups on the back to treat colds. This is one of my favorite treatment methods to use because it feels great and yields great results with upper and lower back treatments. What this treatment does is draw the circulation to the affected area, oxygenating muscles, and improving circulation. Patients rave about it.
Together the above modalities plus tuina (Chinese bodywork) are collectively known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Combined with modern science and western medicine it a systematized curriculum that we study today. Collectively it can effectively treat many conditions.
Finally I’m a big believer in yoga. It has helped me in the past since i cant treat my lower back. Through stretching, deep breathing and relaxation one can treat their chronic pain. I show some stretches and relaxation techniques to treat pain and anxiety. I encourage all my patients to take a yoga class. I think that the long term effects of yoga out weigh any short term repetitive stress injury exercise. It is important to have a good teacher. A good yoga teacher can show one how to transition through poses and get the maximum effect.