What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a natural medical technique used to restore health and maintain wellness. It is used to organize and train the nervous system into proper functioning. Acupuncture does this by regulating the nerve “flow” of energy in and out of the brain and body. Our energy is involved in every aspect of health. Cellular processes utilize energy to make proteins, hormones, inflammatory molecules and to repair after infection, injury or aging. Muscles use energy to move the body through space. The brain and mind use energy to think, emote and respond to life’s challenges. Acupuncture can regulate this system through the use of thin metal pins inserted just below the surface of the skin in various “acupoints.” Because acupuncture’s ability to regulate the nervous system, the controlling system, the list of Western-defined conditions that it treats is long. Yet, don’t be fooled. Acupuncture may look easy, but it’s hard to make it work. In China they commonly say an acupuncturist is not reliable until they have been practicing for 20-30 years. Energy is difficult to consistently and effectively use for medical conditions. It takes years to be able to move patients’ energy for medical purposes reliably.
In addition to his formal education, his pre-med undergraduate work, his Doctorate in Chiropractic Medicine and his Masters’ Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine he received here in America, Dr. Arnette has finished several medical post-graduate programs in China. Undergoing residencies in different hospitals and clinics in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou, China (see his bio), he knows his stuff and is experienced (almost three decades) at using to effectively for healing the Mind and body.
When to use Acupuncture?
Acupuncture treatment can be applied in acute, sub-acute, and chronic health situations. In America, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat a variety of chronic situations however, it is also quite effective for acute injury as well.
Acupuncture is beneficial when the body's systems are not resetting themselves naturally or easily such as when there is inflammation, pain or dysfunction.
Dr. Arnette is experienced using Acupuncture for:
Acupuncture For Internal Medicine:
- Respiratory disorders
- Cold & Flus
- Shingles, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Menstrual challenges
- Menopause Support
- Immune Concerns (Herpes, HIV, CFS, EBV, CMV)
- Auto-Immune Support (Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lupus, Chron’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s/Graves Thyroiditis)
- Chemotherapy-induced & postoperative nausea and vomiting
- Cancer Co-Support
- Male Health Concerns
Acupuncture For Mental Health:
- Depression, anxiety, bi-polar, constant rumination with worry and doubt are too narrow and fixed a description for healing. Energy of the mind and brain want to move not stagnate. When viewed in this “Eastern” way, many psychological maladies are redirected to more desired, useful and beneficial outcomes.
- Support for an imbalanced reaction to life and medical issues.
- Habits such as addictions (including food) are often greatly relieved with an acupuncture protocol.
- Neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Upper back pain
- Elbow and hand pain
- Low back pain
- Hip and sacral pain
- Knee and foot pain
Acupuncture For Pain:
- Tension headaches
- Dental pain
How many visits does it take to gain results from Acupuncture?
The answer to this question is best discussed in the context of the nature of the patient’s condition, the patient's goals, and what the patient is trying to achieve. Some health benefits come quickly within the first several treatments. Health benefits that include stabilization of their presenting symptoms and prevention of reoccurrence, may be under care for months at a time. These patients find that Acupuncture is offering them health benefits in a way that no other treatment has. Each patient’s needs are different and are therefore subject to constant re-evaluation and adjustment by the attending acupuncturist. Acupuncture is RARELY used alone. More often than not, it is used as part of a treatment plan that may also include herbs, supplements, nutritional and/or life-style advice as well as chiropractic adjustments.
When will I feel the results of my Acupuncture Treatment?
Most of our patients make progress from their first treatment but, whether a patient feels “it” or not is due to many factors. Sensation is subjective to each patient. Different types of people feel sensations at different rates and levels.
After almost three decades of clinical practice Dr. Arnette has treated well over one hundred thousand patient visits and has found that patients generally fall into one of three categories;
First group of patients feel results from acupuncture within 1 to 3 sessions. These patients are usually open to healing and are ready to end what’s going on. This first group often times, present with acute situations.
Second group of patients (about a half of all Dr. A’s patients) feel results from acupuncture between 3 and 5 visits. Either they are skeptical (skeptics are always welcome, it just usually takes them a bit longer) or their condition involves multiple physiological systems (complicated). These folks usually feel general energy improvements and better sleep after just a couple of visits.
Third group of patients feel results from acupuncture at 5 to 8 sessions. This is typically because their condition has been going on for so long and is so deep and/or so complicated by additional factors that it simply takes more time to get the systems up and running to the point where the patient feels improvement.
Are herbs used along with the Acupuncture?
In Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbs are frequently used side-by-side. For the majority of cases this is true at Park View Health & Wellness Center. Chinese herbal medicine is a rich and safe tradition used in treating illnesses and diseases that humans experience. However, it really depends upon how the medicinal herbs are utilized and the nature of the patient’s diagnosis. At Parkview Health and Wellness Center, Dr. Arnette is an experienced medical herbalist (trained in China and the US) and uses these medicinal herbs for complex situations including viral conditions. At Parkview Wellness Center Dr. Arnette has access to over 250 Chinese medical herbs to treat medical conditions.
When are Medicinal Cups utilized?
When Chinese “cupping” is used, it is always done so as part of an acupuncture or chiropractic treatment.” Medical fire cups have been used throughout all of Asia for thousands of years for the remediation of:
- Back pain
- Lung conditions
- Heart conditions
- Strains and Sprains
- Colds & Flus
- Headaches & neck pain
- Migraines & Stress
In today's world, cupping has been expanded to be used for a wide variety of disorders in the West. We use a lot of cups at Parkview Health and Wellness Center based on the presenting condition. This also adds healing value to the acupuncture itself along with herbs, dietary management, and lifestyle considerations.
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What to expect from your first Acupuncture treatment at ParkView.
During the New Patient History as many pains or symptoms that the patient presents with are addressed. This comprehensive data-collection session is to build the “view” of the patients’ situation from the broader perspective (this is called a holistic perspective). All labs, images, other medical reports including any pharmaceuticals/supplements used are reviewed and factored into the “view.” The examination clarifies and focuses what came up in the history and looks at what needs further understanding. Physical and energetic exams are performed to arrive at a working diagnosis to begin the process of healing.
The first treatment is administered in a private well-designed room. These healing rooms are designed to maximize healing: rooms are private, real cloth sheets, gowns and towels are used fresh for each patient, there is rheostat lighting and music in each room, the rooms are a quiet space (ceilings and floors are cement and are super quiet!) and the colors used induce a healing feeling (see our company colors!). Treatments last about an hour.
The experience of the patient after the first treatment varies. Some feel relaxed. Some feel “high” and need to sit for 15-30 minutes (we have a beautiful lobby supplied with great teas and filtered water). Some feel nothing until the next day.
No matter what the patient feels we are here to help these treatments move the patient in the direction of healing. Email and phone calls are encouraged in the beginning so that the new patient understands what is happening and how it moves them towards healing and repair of their condition(s). (562) 473-5371
A plan is created to solve the patients’ problems. Treatments (acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, massage), medicinal herbs, nutritional supplements, diet, stretches/exercises, meditations, yoga and other life-style recommendations are provided to create a health and wellness approach to health and healing.
What else do I need to know about Acupuncture at ParkView?
Acupuncture works via your Nervous System; nerves, brain and spinal cord. Every biological system in medicine relies upon a constant flow (rate and volume) of energy. Therefore, the effects of acupuncture can benefit every tissue in the body – directly or indirectly – via the nervous system. This is why acupuncture is used in the treatment of difficult and complex conditions as well as more simple ones. Blood needs to flow properly (rate and volume) and not slow down, stagnate or stop completely.
Energy, also, needs to flow properly (rate and volume) and not slow down, stagnate or come to a halt. All of these phases (of poor energy or blood flow) frequently causes symptoms of illness to appear. Acupuncture (as well as cupping, massage, guasha and counseling) all affect the rate and volume of energy for the healing of illness and injury, and, optimal performance of the human body/mind.
Energy is invisible. Your mind is invisible. Just because you can’t see it, does not mean that it doesn’t exist. What is invisible is felt, not seen. Feeling one’s “energy” is as real as one can feel an emotion. Usually when the eyes are closed, there is enhanced sensation of one’s energy state when it changes. Treatments usually entail resting with your eyes closed. A natural and quite common outcome of acupuncture treatments is an enhanced awareness of your inner energy state, thereby, giving you control over the controlling system from within, It gives you your “inner steering wheel” back.
In China, I was told many times “…if you want a child to be smart and healthy give them acupuncture treatments and include fish and walnuts in the diet!”