What is Nutrition Response Testing?
Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive system of analyzing the body to determine the underlying causes of illness or non-optimum health.
This clinically proven system may be quite different from any other healing practice that one may have experienced.
The actual procedure is simple and direct, with the body providing all of the information and feedback needed. We use the extraordinary properties of the human cells and tissues to bring about healing and health changes, exactly as Nature intended. The body responds to the procedure reliably and consistently. This feedback is so precise that it opens the door to a safe and lasting recovery, even in cases where everything else has failed.
Through the analysis, the body’s neurological reflexes are been tested. These reflexes are the body’s way of telling us what and how your nervous system is doing – as it is the nervous system’s responsibility to regulate the body’s functions for each and every organ. The testing includes organs, glands, joints, muscles, etc. These reflexes are tested on the surface of the body and then the findings are analyzed.
How Do We Get the Body’s “Reflex” Information? Energy flows exist between all parts and organs of the body. These flows can become disrupted for a variety of reasons. The disruption is easily discovered by this kind of testing.
The Nutrition Response Testing (NRT) practitioner will do the analysis by contacting your extended arm with one hand, and contact the specific reflex area with the other hand. If the tested reflex is stressed, your nervous system will respond by reducing energy to the extended arm (which will weaken and cause it to drop). A drop in the arm indicates underlying stress or dysfunction in that area which can be affecting your health.
Since NRT directly uses the body for analysis, (versus doing lab tests) it is faster and tends to be just as (if not more) accurate. There are also no huge expensive machines, no drugs, surgery, needles, or laboratory fees to cover. The results are given in a way that everyone can understand, with a specific nutritional program to follow.
How Soon will the Patient See an Improvement? Although every case is different, patients often share their enthusiastic reports in as little as 4-6 weeks. The fastest recoveries are often from those who have most closely adhered to their recommended nutritional program.
REMEMBER! The body has the full potential to fully repair itself, when given the right nutrients.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese Herbal medicine refers to using plant seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, flowers, minerals, and also fungal, animal and bee products, for medicinal purposes.
The use of Chinese herbs is a very popular tradition. People around the world have used hundreds to thousands of plants for treatment of ailments since prehistoric times.
There are over three hundred herbs that are commonly being used today that have a history that goes back at least 2,000 years.
The Chinese herbs are prepared in a number of ways. Raw herbs can be boiled and taken as a tea or decoction. Prepared Chinese herbs are sold as pills, tablets and capsules. Another preparation method is the extract form or tinctures in which small doses are taken from a dropper.
Herbs are regarded as having actions in terms of their energies and affecting the energies of the body. This medicine is a powerful method to help the body improving its functions. Herbs can help the individual to rid of diseased while through the healing process they nourish the organs and balance them energetically, promoting the balance of yin and yang, heat and cold, access and deficiency in the body. Herbs can also strengthen the immune system and assist in fighting colds and flu, sinus problems, ear infections, menstrual disorders, menopause symptoms, depression, insomnia, digestive disorders, fatigue syndrome, and quitting smoking.
The Five Tastes According to the Elements
The five tastes according to the elements are pungent (acrid), sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Each taste has a different set of functions and characteristics and is associated with different organ pairings. Both herbs and foods are categorized by the five flavors and are associated with the specific flavor functions.
Pungent herbs are used with the intention that they might induce sweating and direct and vitalize Qi and blood. This flavor is associated with the lung and large intestine organs. Green onion and chives are examples of pungent foods.
Sweet-tasting herbs are thought to strengthen or harmonize bodily systems. Some sweet-tasting herbs also exhibit a bland taste, which helps drain dampness through diuresis. According to Chinese medical theory sweet flavor acts on the spleen and stomach. Sugar and bananas are considered a sweet food.
The Sour flavor is associated with the liver and gallbladder and considered astringent. Lemons and plums would be examples of sour foods.
Bitter taste is thought to drain heat, purge through the bowels, and get rid of dampness by the action of drying. The flavor is associated with the heart and small intestine. Coffee and lettuce are examples of foods in the bitter category.
Salty tastes are thought to soften hard masses as well as purge and open the bowels. This flavor is associated with the kidneys and bladder. Examples of salty foods are sea vegetables and table salt.
How does Moxibustion work?
Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing. Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi, and maintain general health.
A small cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned. The patient will experience a pleasant heating sensation that penetrates deep into the skin, but should not experience any pain, blistering or scarring unless the moxa is left in place for too long.
In Chinese medicine, the body is filled with meridians, which are lines of energy, and the spot the moxibustion is performed will be on a meridian line that corresponds to the ailment being treated. Moxibustion is currently performed all over the world, usually by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine or acupuncture.
What is Moxibustion used for?
In traditional Chinese medicine, moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and Qi. In Western medicine, moxibustion has successfully been used to turn breech babies into a normal head-down position prior to childbirth.
Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture and the Aging Process
Cosmetic facial acupuncture is a healthy alternative to enhance muscle tone, strengthen and firm skin appearance, and improve overall health and well-being. Cosmetic facial acupuncture leaves you looking and feeling youthful and radiant. It is an effective treatment for people of all ages.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believes that aging is directly influenced by physical, emotional, and spiritual health. A Western Medical approach to improve facial appearance is to treat the symptoms, ie: wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of muscle tone, skin discoloration and other skin problems. Traditional Chinese Medicine’s primary concern is to address internal health. In TCM, internal health and physical appearance are measured in terms of the vitality of all the internal organs and their ability to function independently and in relation to one another. When your organ systems are strong, healthy, and balanced, then you are in good health and your overall appearance is youthful and lustrous. When your organ systems are weak, unhealthy, and out of balance, then your energy and physical health suffer and manifest as facial concerns, such as wrinkles, loss of muscle tone and skin problems. When you are out of balance the trained acupuncturist can see it in your skin and muscle tone. Common aging signs include muscle sagging, skin wrinkling, discoloration, and irritation. When internal health is established, a shift in external symptoms will naturally occur.
When visiting a cosmetic acupuncturist, the acupuncturist will first ask you about your health. They will perform a comprehensive exam which will likely include questions concerning your digestion, sleep patterns, diet, stress level, family health history, and cosmetic concerns. The practitioner will look at your tongue, feel the pulse on your wrists, and possibly press or massage various body parts. He or she will then insert fine, sterilized acupuncture needles into specific acupuncture points on your face and body. The purpose of the treatment is to restore internal health to naturally lift, tone, and strengthen muscle integrity and skin. The result is healthy toned face muscles, tighter skin, reduced fine lines and wrinkles, refined skin, even skin color, and improved health and well-being.
In cosmetic facial acupuncture, stimulation of acupuncture points helps to:
- Eliminate fine lines
- Soften deeper wrinkles
- Tone, relax, and nourish muscles
- Improve skin texture, color, and luster
- Increase energy in skin cells and tissue
- Enhance overall appearance and health
- Adjust organ imbalances and deficiencies
- Reduce physical, mental, and emotional stress and tension
Qigong is a combination of two ideas:
Qi- means air, breath of life, or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe.
Gong- means the skill of working with, or cultivating vital energy, or the ability to work with the electromagnetic energy of the body.
Qigong is a mind-body practice that improves ones mental and physical health by integrating postures, movements, breathing techniques, and focused intention.
Medical Qigong Therapy is the oldest of the four branches of TCM and provides the energetic foundation from which acupuncture, herbal healing, and Chinese massage oriented. This therapy incorporates posture, movement, breathing, meditation, creative visualization, and spiritual intent to improve health, personal power, and control over one's own life.
Disruptions in the electromagnetic energy of the body occur throughout our lifetime as a result of poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, injuries, surgery, suppression of emotions, and aging.
The goal of Qigong is to correct these bio-energetic imbalances and blockages. This enables the body to strengthen and regulate the internal organs, the nervous system and the immune system, relieve pain, regulate hormones, and strengthen and release deep-seated emotions and stress.
In the Medical Qigong treatment the practitioner will transfer Qi to the patient for healing purposes. This therapy offers patients a safe and effective way to rid themselves of toxic pathogens and years of painful emotions that otherwise, can cause mental and physical illness. Healing occurs through balancing the life force energy or Qi, which surrounds and pervades all living things. Medical Qigong therapists are trained to feel this Qi energy- its density, texture, emotional content, and other qualities- in order to diagnose and then to adjust the energy to recreate balance in the patient's body.
Medical Qigong and Cancer
Illness is an energy imbalance, an excess or deficiency of the body's elemental energies. According to the ancient Chinese, Qi, the life force, controls the body's workings as it travels along the meridians, completing an energy cycle every twenty-four hours. A person is healthy when there is a balanced, sufficient flow of Qi, which keeps the blood and body fluids circulating and fights disease. But if the circulation of Qi is blocked for any reason or becomes excessive or deficient, pain and disease can result. The flow of Qi may be disrupted by an imbalanced diet or lifestyle, overwork, stress, repressed or excessive emotions, or lack of exercise. Imbalances in yin and yang-complementary forces in dynamic flux-also disturb the normal, smooth flow of Qi.
Cancer, like all other diseases, is regarded as a manifestation of an underlying imbalance. The tumor is the "uppermost branch," not the "root," of the illness. Each patient may have a different imbalance causing what outwardly looks like the same type of cancer. Each person is unique, so the Oriental doctor attempts to identify the exact individual pattern of excess, deficiency, or blockage that led to the disease.
Emotions can strongly influence the increase or decrees of tumor size, and it is therefore important to regulate the patient's mind, emotions, and spirit. When the patient's mind, emotions and spirit are free from disruptions and are in harmony, the patient is able to manage negative emotions. Regulating the Mind is considered the primary Medical Qigong technique used for teaching patients how to avoid creating negative emotions.
The patient must learn to let optimism prevail over pessimism. The practice of Medical Qigong not only cultivates vital energy for the patient's health, but promotes the development of optimism by developing a quiescent mind. Tranquility and optimism improve circulation of Qi and Blood, thereby strengthening the immune system and inhibiting cancer cell proliferation.
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into the skin at specific points to affect the flow of energy. By inserting the needles into the specific points, the acupuncture physician manipulates the patient's energy to achieve an overall physical balance. It is a Chinese therapeutic method for changing the flow or quality of the life force and rebalancing body energies. The Chinese say that Qi circulates within fourteen major meridians, or energy channels, traversing the body from the top of the head to the tips of the fingers and toes. Each meridian is connected to an internal organ. Specific points on each invisible channel, when stimulated, affect the flow of Qi in that and other channels or in the associated organs. By stimulating these points with extremely fine needles or massage, acupuncture unblocks energy or adjusts its flow. Inserting and manipulating the needles is believed to correct the imbalances that cause the disease.
Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of conditions, such as: persistent pain, arthritis, asthma, infertility, cold and flu, stress disorders, insomnia, fatigue, depression, migraines, skin conditions, irritable bowel syndrome, digestive disorders, smoking, and acute and chronic diseases.
Acupuncture is a safe technique. The needles are as thin as a hair, are made of high quality stainless steel, they are sterile, individually wrapped, and disposable. Each acu-point has its own location and depth insertion, and acupuncture physician are trained to insert the needles in a safe way to avoid injuries. Since the needles are so thin the patient usually does not feel the insertion. Once the needle reaches the energy patient may feel some local pressure or tingling, pulling sensation, fullness, numbness, or local warmth that will last up to one second.
YOUR FIRST VISIT
On your first classical Five Element Acupuncture visit you and your practitioner will get the opportunity to go over your medical history and current physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state. This information will assist your acupuncture physician in planning and tailoring your future treatments. On this visit you will also get a deep detoxifying treatment that will work on the three levels of Body, Mind and Spirit.
It is recommended to come to treatment twice a week for the first two weeks, following with once a week for 10 weeks. At this point your acupuncture physician will asses your new state of being and will recommend the frequency of your visits.
The Power Within accepts all Health Insurances that cover Acupuncture Treatments or Office Visits. Please check with your insurance provider to see if you are covered. For immediate assistance please fill out the form on the Contact page and send it to us. You can also contact us by phone at 786-768-1999.