Acupuncture in its simplest form is the insertion of needles into specific points on distinct channels or meridians. These points connect nerves, muscles and organs that influence the body’s blood flow. It can be thought of as conduits throughout the body’s flow of energy. Acupuncturists insert sterile, single-use, disposable needles in these specific points that can help with a variety of diseases.
Acupuncture originated in China over 2,500 years ago and it is still widely used in the world for various ailments. The Chinese medical system has existed for even a longer period of time that involves acupuncture, herbal medicinals, tui na, and qi gong exercises. It is one of the few medical systems that has been meticulously documented over time and can still apply to today’s modern day of living.
Our acupuncture sessions may also involve herbal treatment (topical or internal), moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and tui na.
Chinese herbal medicine is an essential modality in the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is arguably older than the practice of acupuncture, but can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to have a stronger therapeutic effect for the body.
Each herbal formula may be customized specifically for you and your needs. Araya Holistic Pain Management strives to not just treating the symptoms but being able to treat the root of the problems. Each time you take your herbal formula, it is a way of treating yourself every day without having to come into the office for acupuncture. This type of holistic approach makes this an effective form of medicine.
We offer a free initial herbal consultation to see how Chinese herbs can help you. Feel free to email Dr. Khanita or to call 240-388-5662 with any questions you may have!
Dr. Khanita is a Doctor of Chiropractic that focuses on the disorders of the nervous and musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care is used to help with different neuro-musculoskeletal complaints that can have an effect on your general health. Chiropractic includes a hands-on and non-pharmacological approach that includes a holistic approach to health care that includes a patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors all over the country have a broad range of diagnostic skills and Dr. Khanita has been trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. She has advanced training in Athletic Movement Assessment of the lower extremities in rehabilitative exercises and assessment.
One of the most common therapeutic procedures performed by doctors of chiropractic is spinal manipulation (or chiropractic adjustments). Spinal manipulations are safe and effective ways to restore joint mobility that have become restricted over time. Manipulation or adjustments can help restore mobility to alleviate pain, decrease muscle tightness and increase tissue healing.
Cupping is an ancient form of Chinese medicine that dates back more than 2,000 years, but it was made popular during the summer olympics. The vacuum that is created draws stagnant fluids up to the surface of the tissues, improving circulation, and delivering nutrients more quickly to the injured areas. When it is used alone, once the stagnant fluids are drawn out, it can be dispersed by massage or local application of specific Chinese herbs.
Cupping can be used as an important first step for treatment of acute sprain and strains. It is particularly useful right after the injury has occurred to help reduce swelling that is blocking normal circulation in the area. Other research supports the use of cupping for acute and chronic muscular pain, arthritis, herpes zoster, facial paralysis, as well as many other conditions.
The literal translation of Tui Na is “push and pull” that refers to the pushing and pulling of the different body tissues. Tui Na is a form of Chinese medical massage that is used as an additional modality in Traditional Chinese Medicine with acupuncture, cupping and Chinese herbal medicine.
Tui Na was used extensively in martial arts traditions along-side “hit medicine” (trauma-specific formulas) to help with injuries from harsh training. Dr. Khanita has additional training in the essential principles and protocols in Classical Tui Na. She has learned the foundation techniques for the back protocol to regulate the entire spine and abdominal cavity, neck, upper limbs, and lower limbs. Dr. Khanita also has advanced training in Zang Fu Tui Na – a form of tui na to regulate the different organs in the body.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a treatment that involves breathing in varying amounts of oxygen at a pressure higher than sea level atmospheric pressure. This treatment is typically administered in a hyperbaric chamber, in which air pressure can be controlled and increased to up to three times the normal air pressure.
Traditionally HBOT has been used to treat symptoms such as diabetic foot wounds, air and gas embolism, carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation, gas gangrene, thermal burns, decompression sickness and acute mountain sickness.
Today, it can help treat everything from diabetes, low energy, Lyme disease, cerebral palsy, head injuries, chronic fatigue, brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, anemia, wound and scar healing, post stroke care, post surgical care and healing, improved performance, autism, dementia and Bell’s Palsy just to name a few.