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Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have a holistic understanding of health, understanding the importance of both physical and emotional wellness. Emotions affect our physical health and our physical health can affect the emotions.

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The treatments that Dr. Alban has provided me, ranging from acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and acupressure techniques, have helped me immeasurably in dealing with anxiety, vitiligo, and with boosting my immune system in general. Perhaps most important of all, these improvements have afforded me with the confidence that these issues can be dealt with successfully. I had tried other methods before, but found no success until I met with Dr. Alban. On a personal note, I find Dr. Alban’s nature, style, and manner to be professional, considerate, kind, and genuine. I highly recommend him to others.

Acupuncture therapy helps improve mind and body wellness. Whether you are coming in for issues such as back and shoulder pain, migraines, or asthma, you may also find improvement in your mental state as well. A few of Chinese medicine’s good “side effects” include better sleep, less anxiety and depression, and help in stress management. After their first treatment, most patients notice that they feel more relaxed.

 

We have experience in helping people improve their physical and mental wellness including:

 

It is very common for a patient who is coming in for a specific concern like a skin condition or back pain also finds that their long time anxiety disorder or insomnia was greatly improved. These effects can happen after only few visits.

 

Chinese medicine’s Holistic Approach

In diagnosis and treatment, Chinese medicine links specific emotions with specific functions in the body. Stress and worrying can affect the digestive system. Stress can also cause pain, because it stops the free flow of qi. Fear can impact urination. Anger causes heat and can lead to headaches or dizziness.

The connection of the physical body with emotions makes sense. We all know when we are nervous because we physically feel it. Your heart rate increases, you may get sweaty palms, or even blush. It is also widely known that stress and anxiety can have a negative impact on health. That’s why regular physical activity, stretching, yoga, and tai chi, makes us feel better emotionally and physically.

 

How does Chinese Medicine Address the Whole Person?

The metaphor of the root and branch symbolize Chinese medicine’s approach to treatment. The branch is the symptom, such as pain. The root is the main imbalance that causes the disease. A Chinese medicine physician’s goal is to treat the root of the problem, not just the branch. Correcting the root can lead to long-term improvement and recovery.

 

Research About Acupuncture’s Holistic Effects

Contemporary research is beginning to show how acupuncture works in the brain to affect both physical and mental health. Using an fMRI scanner, a scan that tracks blood flow within the brain, scientists have shown that acupuncture affects a part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system is involved with emotional control. It is also involved with memory and behaviors such as addictions as well as hormonal regulation.

This remarkable study showed that acupuncture may calm the parts of the brain associated with the limbic system, therefore resulting in a calming effect on the person’s state of being. It is possible that acupuncture’s cumulative long-term capacity to improve health and well-being may have something to do with this ability to calm the limbic system.

 

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