Lucia is a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) who specializes in Holistic Healing. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Saint Thomas, Houston and a masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from The American College of Acupuncture and Medicine (ACAOM) in Houston, Texas.
"WITH MY KNOWLEDGE OF AND PASSION
FOR TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE, I
WILL HELP YOU BRING YOUR BODY BACK
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which has existed since at least 200 years B.C. It's a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others. The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a system which can influence three areas of health care:
• promotion of health and well-being,
• prevention of illness,
• treatment of various medical conditions.
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medial treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders.
Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions. If you have questions about a specific illness or disorder not listed above, you can usually have your questions answered by an acupuncturist practicing in your area.