Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine

Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine2018-10-16T17:34:30+00:00

Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been practiced in China for several thousand years. It is the oldest complete system of medicine. It involves inserting sterile, one-time-use, thin needles into specific areas of the body to induce therapeutic results. Acupuncture works by stimulating the circulation, connective tissue, and lymphatic system; releasing endorphins (feel good chemicals); and through anesthetic nerve fibers.

There is alot of research on how acupuncture works on the body and its use in treating disease, although, there is still alot to be learned. Many conditions have been proven to respond successfully to acupuncture according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including, but not limited to, post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting, nausea of pregnancy, post-operative dental pain, addictions (smoking, etc.), stroke rehabilitation, headaches, menstrual cramps, eczema, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue, low back pain & sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma. It is safe and effective for a wide range of conditions.

Dr. Artemis specializes in acupuncture for women’s health (menopause, PMS, infertility,etc.), stress related disorders, and pain management.

Dr. Artemis Morris completed her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr University. She also trained at The Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, China. She is a Diplomate in Acupuncture (NCCAOM) and a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.).

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are safe and effective methods of helping women and men improve their fertility alone or in combination with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART). Acupuncture during ART (IVI, IUI) can improve the chances of success by 40-60% according to research. Dr. Artemis Morris collaborates with her colleagues in providing the most professional, supportive, and safe care in CT.

Cupping

Cupping is a technique whereby cups are used to create a suction on the skin to help circulation and healing, and is similar to a deep tissue massage. Many cultures have practiced cupping as part of their folk medicine for thousands of years.  Cupping is also one of the traditional chinese medicine techniques that may be used to help with healing. Cupping may be included in your Acupuncture session if indicated. You can discuss it with your licensed acupuncturist.

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CT STYLE interviews Dr. Artemis about cupping.

What does cupping do?

Benefits
Cupping increases circulation, relives muscle tension, detoxifies the body, and strengthens the immune system by drawing soft tissue into the cup using a suction effect. Cupping can be combined with massage or done on its own. Fire cupping involves using glass cups and a flame to remove the air out of the cups before placing it on the skin.  Cups can also be made of out of silicone and other plastic materials and do not involve the use of fire to create a suction on the skin.

What are the contraindications and side effects of cupping?

Risk
The only side effect of cupping is that it can leave a bruise or create a purple/reddish mark on the skin because of the suction effect created.  Cupping is contraindication on broken skin and is generally done on areas, such as, the back, neck, shoulder, legs, and smooth areas of the body with ample soft tissue.

Cupping can be used for:

  • Muscle tension
  • Coughs/colds/chest congestion and improving immune function
  • Pain and pain syndromes
  • Detoxification
  • Reducing cellulite and increasing circulation
  • Facial rejuvenation in combination with facial rejuvenation acupuncture

 

Watch Dr. Artemis demonstrate the cupping procedure: