Japanese acupuncture in Cleveland

Japanese Acupuncture in Cleveland

Have you ever wondered if Japanese acupuncture could help your medical condition or emotional imbalance? Would you like to know whether you could benefit from these centuries-old treatments? If you think so, then you can come to our site for information on Japanese acupuncture in Cleveland. Japanese acupuncture itself can address everything from simple imbalances to complex medical disorders. When dietary and herbal medical treatments are considered, many indications can be addressed.

The techniques of acupuncture in Japan have been derived from the Chinese methods, but there are some differences. Japanese style tends to emphasize examination by palpation, which means that the doctor presses on the abdomen and along the channels and meridians to see if there is tension, tenderness, or temperature change. The findings are then incorporated into a unique treatment for each individual. Japanese acupuncturists tend to focus on the root of a person's imbalance and are less concerned with symptoms. They believe that when the root is treated, then the symptoms will respond.

In addition to the use of needles, application of heat directly to the acupuncture points by burning an herbal preparation known as moxa, and which is made from a plant in the mugwort family. Tiny balls of moxa are exactly placed and set on fire by a small incense stick. Though very precise and rarely practiced in the United States, this technique can be very helpful. Many physicians are reluctant to use moxa because of the smoke, fire, and smell, though with care, risks are minimal. Nonetheless, very few practitioners are trained in the use of moxa, or moxabustion.

Acupuncture in Japan also tends to use smaller, more comfortable needles than in Chinese styles, as well as secret point combinations which are only communicated from teacher to student. There is an emphasis on using as few needles as possible. My own experience has been that Japanese techniques are very effective and versatile, and I try to use my training in Japanese acupuncture and moxabustion whenever possible.

The demands of patients for access to this system of effective and low-risk healing has influenced changes in the medical system. In contrast to some practices and programs where acupuncture and Oriental medicine are a recently created sideline or an "ancillary service", and practitioners might see only a few patients a month, Acupuncture Associates is a full time acupuncture and herbal medicine program. Patients should consider the background and experience of a practitioner when considering medical treatment. Guidelines for finding an acupuncturist can be found at our website.

Dr. L.B. Grotte, M.D., was the first physician in Ohio to be board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. He has studied Oriental medicine since 1972 and has practiced Oriental medicine in Cleveland for more than 27 years. Our small practice specializes in creating individualized treatment plans combining Western and Oriental methods. Call us at 440-461-7488 to make an appointment or visit our website for more information.

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