You can experience an acupuncture session with Beth Meneley, L.Ac. at Tao of Venus Wellness Center in Brentwood.
Beth has been practicing acupuncture for over 15 years specializing in fertility, preconception and women’s health. However, she is highly trained to work with all aspects of achieving optimal health with men, women and children.
Beth is dedicated to not only creating a therapeutic acupuncture session for you, she makes sure to include all aspects of optimal relaxation during the session.
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture sets in effect the innate regenerative power of the human body. We are composed of a beautiful and complicated web of nerves, hormones, neurotransmitters, blood and oxygen, proteins, organs, frequencies of energy and spirit.
Living in today’s time, it is not uncommon for this web to have become tangled from life’s demands and no longer function optimally. The insertion of very thin, stainless steel, disposable needles, along meridians (energy channels) at specific points, have been shown to be effective in the treatment of the conditions we treat and recognized as such by the World Health Organization and National Institute of Health. Though acupuncture has stood the test of time, we are finally beginning to understand the scientific explanations for why Traditional Oriental Medicine works so well. There are more and more research studies that are coming out everyday demonstrating its effectiveness. For articles on your condition go to PubMed.org or google acupuncture and the condition.
Meridians are energy pathways which modern research now believe to be remnants of embryonic folds made up of cells as the embryo is forming that stay in our system. Meridians are believed to serve as channels of connection between apparently separate parts of the body. This explains, for example, why the insertion of a needle in a particular point on a person’s leg will affect their digestive system.
Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the central nervous system, which then, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals either alter the experience of pain or release other chemicals that influence the body’s self-regulating systems, which leads to our bodies natural healing abilities and thus physical and emotional well-being. Acupuncture raises levels of white blood counts, overall anti-body levels, specific hormones, prostaglandins, triglycerides, blocks pain fibers, secretes endorphins (the body’s own morphine) in the body, regulates neurotransmitters that balance our state of mind, sleep, endurance, appetite and libido such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine and Gaba. This ionic transfer sets in motion an elegant interplay of the body’s energies, also known as Qi, restoring balance to the body, mind and spirit. Chinese Herbs Chinese herbs act on the endocrine system by stimulating hormone production, altering the rate of hormone metabolism, or changing the response of hormone receptors. The herbal formulas prescribed will not only address your symptoms but at the same time improve your overall health, strengthening your system and bring balance to your body, mind and spirit.
What’s the main difference between wellness care and standard medical care? Wellness care seeks to turn on the natural healing ability, not by adding something to the system, but by removing anything that might interfere with normal function, trusting that the body would know what to do if nothing were interfering with it. Standard medical care, on the other hand, seeks to treat a symptom by adding something from the outside – a medication, a surgery or procedure. Inside Out vs. Outside In If a patient has high blood pressure, a standard medical approach would be to choose a drug that lowers blood pressure, and ask the patient to take the drug. This may serve to lower the blood pressure, but ignores the underlying cause that is making the blood pressure high, and runs the risk of side effects complicating the person’s recovery. Whether it’s a nutritional issue, faulty control by the nerve system or a manifestation of stress, the medication could decrease the blood pressure, leaving the problem causing the symptom of high blood pressure unaddressed.
Acupuncture is effective in relieving pain because it has anesthetic properties. It relieves stiffness and pain by increasing circulation of Blood and Qi. It improves flexibility, mobility, reduces inflammation, and eliminates muscle spasms by increasing blood supply to tendons, ligaments and muscles. Musculoskeletal conditions are also linked to malnutrition which can be caused by mal-absorption of nutrients or simply an incomplete diet. Therefore herbal and nutritional therapy can also be effective, addressing the individual needs, depending upon the cause. Moreover, acupuncture will re-align the body’s biological elements, allowing the musculoskeletal system to repair itself. It regulates the conjunctive and mucous membranes (fluids in joints) and increases the production of cartilage and lubricating fluids, which improves arthritis and similar disorders. Acupuncture will not change the anatomical structure of an injury, i.e. broken bones cannot be treated by acupuncture and it will not replace the need for a joint replacement due to the extreme deterioration of bone. However, it will help to control pain and relieve symptoms, allowing the patient to have a better quality of life.
Many so-called “hopeless” neurological disorders can be treated by acupuncture without the extreme side effects of tranquilizers and antidepressants often prescribed for these conditions. Acupuncture influences the nervous system by controlling and connecting neuro-physiological relationships between all body systems by directing bio-electrical impulses through the nerve fibers. It also influences the activity of the nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. The structure and function of the autonomic nerve system and transmissions are controlled by acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture encourages the development of diverse biochemical endorphins, which are opium-like substances that relieve the feeling of anxiety and depression, giving a person a feeling of well-being.
Acupuncture treats numerous emotional and psychiatric disorders, including neurosis, anorexia, insomnia, addiction (smoking cessation, eating disorders, and drug dependency) autism, schizophrenia and various speech disorders. Acupuncture encourages the development of diverse biochemical endorphins, which are opium-like substances that relieve the feeling of anxiety and depression, giving a person a feeling of well-being. Acupuncture can be substituted for psychotropic drugs, along with psychotherapy, to reduce obsessive compulsive behavior and phobias, etc. The effectiveness of acupuncture treatment can be further enhanced by diet and herbal medicine. Acupuncture encourages the development of diverse biochemical endorphins, which are opium-like substances that relieve the feeling of anxiety and depression, giving a person a feeling of well-being.
Allergies are extreme reactions to substances inhaled, in contact with the skin, or ingested. Usually allergies are the result of a weakened immune system. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine will build and strengthen the immune system by the use of antagonistic herbal treatment and establishing balance by stimulating acupuncture points. Furthermore, it reinforces the energy and function of the body to metabolize and expel the allergens. Instead of treating the symptoms of allergies, acupuncture reduces the tendency to have allergic reactions.
Acupuncture is commonly used in the treatment of chronic dermatological conditions, although, acute symptoms, like severe itching, can be effectively treated. Dermatological disorders can be caused by allergies, in which case, the allergens should be avoided. Acupuncture will treat skin diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, metabolic and hormonal imbalances, emotional problems or stress. It treats these conditions by stimulating the metabolic system, reducing inflammation and eradicating viruses and bacteria by the use of Chinese herbal pharmacopeia. Acupuncture stimulates blood circulation and produces the formation of new cells, nourishing and rejuvenating the skin.
Acupuncture has a regulatory effect on the functions of the digestive system. Oriental Medicine will use different acupuncture methods to stimulate acupuncture points and channels to redirect the flow of Qi and Blood. This creates homeostatic balance, increasing muscle contraction as needed, digestive secretions, enzyme production, reducing or increasing acid content, and absorption of nutrients. Chinese herbal medicine specifically targets multiple digestive conditions, such as excessive dampness, bloating gas, acid reflux, gastritis and difficult bowel movements, by augmenting nutrients and function ability of internal organs.
Menstrual disorders, such as, painful menstruation, missed periods, and excessive flow can be successfully treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by rectifying the functionality of the reproductive system. Additionally, fibroids, endometriosis, uterine and ovarian cancers, can be treated with acupuncture concurrently with Western medicine. This combined treatment will increase the success of the overall patient recovery. Acupuncture treatment will be directed towards building the patient’s immune system, enhancing circulation, regulating hormones, decreasing stress, increasing the body’s strength and expelling the unwanted elements and toxins. Acupuncture treatment for fertility is becoming widely used, either as a stand-alone treatment, or integrated with in-vitro fertilization procedures. Depending upon the patient’s symptoms, Oriental medicine will determine a pattern of disease and treat the infertility accordingly. Usually herbal medicinal therapy is prescribed before and during the pregnancy to assist in carrying the pregnancy to full-term. During pregnancy acupuncture can be used to greatly reduce morning sickness, edema, urinary problems, risk of miscarriage and associated maladies. In the same way, post-natal disorders, such as depression, water retention, constipation, hemorrhoids, breast pain and extreme fatigue can also be treated. Acupuncture techniques, along with nutritional and herbal therapy, will support the body by balancing and circulating Blood and Qi.
Clinical experimental research has concluded that the activities of blood, heart and the blood vessels change after acupuncture stimulation. Acupuncture strengthens the immune system by inhibiting or producing the formation of white and red blood cells, according to the disease being treated. It controls the production of these cells. Acupuncture, especially electrical, can stimulate chemical components to normalize the blood, impacting cholesterol, globulin, albumin, thrombin and amylase levels in the serum, as well as potassium, sodium and calcium. Cholesterol can be greatly reduced. Acupuncture can regulate heart rate and can decrease the tension by relaxing the walls of the blood vessels in patients with vaso-constriction and vaso-dilation, thus regulating blood pressure.