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I had spasmodic torticollis which made it impossible to straighten my neck and sciatica. The only option available for the torticollis was EMG tests (to define muscle groups) and Botox injections every 3 months (both were very painful). Then at RGH pain management they referred me to Paul Rooney. Not only is the treatment painless, but also effective. The therapy is not immediate but well worthwhile. Paul Rooney’s treatment is truly a blessing.

I.F.C.

About Oriental Medicine and Japanese Acupuncture

The term Oriental Medicine stands for all the forms of acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, exercise, and nutritional strategies that originated in Asia. These therapies are becoming increasingly popular in the West due to their effectiveness, preventive qualities, and lack of adverse side-effects. Different modalities fall under the term Oriental Medicine. The most prominent are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Japanese acupuncture with their components of acupressure, moxibustion, herbology, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong (breathing exercises).

Acupuncture is an ancient method of healing. It developed over thousands of years as part of Oriental Medicine. China, thanks to its early system of writing, produced a good record of the different classical approaches to acupuncture. The Chinese equivalent of the Hippocratic corpus — Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor — was compiled by unknown authors between 300 and 100 B.C.E.

Acupuncture effectively treats a wide variety of health problems as it stimulates the mind and body’s own healing response. It is based on the principal that health depends on the balanced functioning of the body’s energy — Qi (pronounced chee). Illness results when the flow of energy is disturbed. An acupuncturist restores balance by stimulating acupuncture points that are located along meridians — pathways in the body for Qi.

Various forms of acupuncture have been developed in different Asian countries. Each way depends on different interpretations of classical acupuncture texts.

Acupuncture first arrived in Japan early in the fifth century from mainland China. Early in the Edo period (1602-1868) a blind acupuncturist Sugiyama Waichi established government sponsored acupuncture schools for the blind. He developed an insertion technique using a tube to guide the needle. This practice is still used today.

Today, the Japanese Meridian Therapy is a practical and consistent treatment system. In it the meridians are seen as the central focus of acupuncture. Special emphasis is placed on six-position pulse diagnosis in determining the treatment strategy. Meridian Therapy treats both the root cause of a disease and the manifesting symptoms. Its needling techniques are uniquely subtle. Very thin needles are used, which makes it much easier to insert the needles without pain. The resulting stimulation is milder than in Chinese acupuncture. From the beginning practitioners have added their own interpretations and subtleties to Meridian Therapy. Acupuncture is refined by both modern medical science and the classics.

Sources:

Denmei, Shudo, translated by Stephen Brown. Japanese Classical Acupuncture: Introduction to Meridian Therapy. Seattle, Washington: Eastland Press, Inc., 1990.
Kaptchuk, Ted J. The Web That Has No Weaver: Understanding Chinese Medicine. USA: McGraw-Hill, 2000.

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