What Can Acupuncture Treat?   Broad categories are as follows:

1. Chronic Fatigue and Chronic-Debilitating Pain 

2. Decreased immunity and Auto-Immune disorders

3. Rejuvenation to delay and revert accelerated
    signs of Aging 

4. Acute, Chronic and Recurrent Viral Infections 

5. Conditions of the Five senses; Skin, and Hair problems  

6. Musculo-Skeletal conditions and Chronic

7. Neurological problems  

8. Cardio-vascular and Circulatory problems       

9. Urinary Tract Infections or difficulties 

10. Genital problems, Impotence and Sexual dysfunction 

11. Infertility / Reproductive disorders 

12. Respiratory, Digestive disorders and Allergies  

13. Behavioral disorders and Addictions 

14. Sleeping and eating disorders 

15. Stress reduction, Mental and Emotional disturbances  

Acupuncture forms a branch of Traditional Oriental Medicine, which originated in
China over 5000 years ago.

Acupuncture is a safe and very effective natural therapy and an increasingly popular form
of healthcare that is used by a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds.

The major benefits of Acupuncture are as follows:

•   Drug-free pain relief

•   Assists prevention against disease

•   Treats the cause of a disease as well as the symptoms

•   Holistic approach to illness, linking body, mind and emotions

•   Effectively treats many common, degenerative
    and chronic ailments

The following is a limited list of the
conditions that Acupuncture
can treat effectively:

1. Chronic Fatigue and Chronic-Debilitating Pain

2. Decreased immunity

3. Rejuvenation to delay and revert accelerated
    signs of Aging

4. Acute, Chronic and Recurrent Infections and
    Chronic Inflammation

5. Conditions of the Five senses; Skin, and Hair problems

6. Musculo-skeletal and Neurological problems

7. Cardio-vascular and Circulatory problems

8. Genital problems, Impotence and Sexual dysfunction

9. Urinary Tract Infections or difficulties

10. Behavioral disorders and Addictions

11. Respiratory, Digestive disorders and Allergies

12. Infertility / Reproductive disorders

13. Stress reduction, Mental and Emotional situations

14. Sleeping and eating disorders

“Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine” is among the oldest healing practices in the world, and it originated in Asian countries more than 5.000 years ago as part of a ‘Traditional, Whole and Holistic medical system’ that regards the Rhythms and the Laws of Nature to maintain the balance of the Human Being in the universe in which it exists.

It is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of Qi and imbalance in the forces of Yin and Yang. Practices such as the use of Medicinal Herbs, Moxibustion, Meditation and Breathing techniques, Qi-gong (cultivation of Inner Vitality), Medical massage and manipulation, and Acupuncture, seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of Qi (And this system is often referred to as TCM-Traditional Chinese Medicine, even though many other countries have offered great contributions to this holistic medicine system, like Japan and Korea.

Most patients do not even feel the tip of the minute needles touching their skin, because these points are highly charged energetically and sometimes are so deficient that the body is asking for them to be stimulated. In some cases patients may only feel a light sensation of a small pinch, followed by comfortable warmth or distending feeling. Relief or improvement of symptoms, increased oxygenation to the brain, increased circulation and increased energy occur within 48 hours after treatment. Needles are left in for approximately 20-30 minutes.

Eastern medicine protects and preserves health, prevents disease and anticipates possible states of degeneration and illness, helps keep emotional, mental and physical balance, and renews our resources, vitality and essence.

Western medicine treats after a crisis has developed. Although, heroic rescues are attempted, using pharmaceuticals, invasive procedures and surgeries often adds to the impairment and progressive dysfunction of the body.

An informed and successful patient is a patient who decides for the best, most conservative and proper care that is not going to cause any more detriment to their health or worsening in their condition.

In most cases, through the use of Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture, patients may finally receive the relief and the benefits they have long been looking for and were not able to achieve with Allopathic (Western) medical procedures, surgeries and pharmaceuticals.

Some Acute and Chronic diseases or complains may benefit from an interaction between both Western and Eastern medicine. The two are not substitutes for each other, but may complement each other.

Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture are used as a “Primary and/or Complementary Health approaches” to promote wellness, recover health and increase harmony at all levels. Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture could work concomitantly with Western Medicine treatments to get you the best possible care and outcome. It will be an honor for us at Health & Hope Institute to communicate and work directly with your treating Western Physician to accommodate the best plan of care for your needs. As the Eastern and Western traditions meet and complement each other, harmony and health may be swiftly restored.

The effects of acupuncture are:

1. Alters and benefits the state of the mind and the emotions.

2. Remedies ailments, heals disease and diminishes pain.

3. Enhances recovery, immunity, and functional activity for restoration of work capabilities.

Toyohari Japanese Gentle Acupuncture

Toyohari is a form of traditional East Asian medicine. It is a refined system of Japanese meridian therapy.
It is different from most other forms of acupuncture in that it uses more delicate (mainly non-inserted) and specialized treatment methods, placing great emphasis on the use of pulse diagnosis and palpation skills. Its theoretical foundation is derived from the medical classics: Nei Jing, Su Wen, Ling Shu and primarily the Nan Jing.

The Toyohari Association has developed quite unique training and teaching methods that can accelerate the learning of skills that usually take many years of practice to develop.

The Toyohari Association was founded by blind acupuncturists in 1959 in Japan, evolving out of earlier developments in meridian therapy in the 1930s and 1940s. Today it includes both sighted and blind practitioners. Toyohari is offered as a post-graduate training program in Japan, North America, Europe and Australasia. The curriculum is highly organized with an emphasis on hands-on clinical training and Kozato method study practice involving feedback to enhance skills.

Graduates of the Toyohari curriculums are highly skilled in their pulse reading, tactile diagnostic and assessment skills, develop a greater sense of Qi sensitivity and learn a range of Non-stimulation methods specifically aimed at harmonizing and regulating the distribution of Qi (Vitality), enhancing the constitutional well-being of patients as well as relieving symptoms.

Toyohari is a powerful therapeutic system for both preventing disease and maintaining health.

If you usually become anxious with regular Acupuncture procedures or just by the thought of using needles, please let us know so that we can provide you with this very gentle, relaxing, invigorating and healing form of treatment.

Shonishin (Pediatric Acupuncture)

Shonishin (Sho=little, Ni=children, Shin=needle) is a specialized form of treatment for infants and children that became renowned in the 1700s in the Osaka region of Japan. To this day, Japanese parents regularly bring children for shonishin treatment, and the shonishin approach is increasing in popularity around the world.

Children’s bio-energetic systems are not fully formed and, being at the most “yang” phase of their existence, their energy (Qi) moves extremely rapidly. Consequently, children’s systems can be easily over stimulated, and health problems can progress rapidly.

Shonishin focuses on gentle, specialized, 95% Non-Inserted treatment techniques that children find comfortable and even pleasurable. Dramatic results can be obtained even with very light treatment.

The ancient classics of China, such as the Ling Shu, describe nine types of needles, several of which were clearly never intended to pierce the skin. Three of these non-inserted needles —the Enshin, the Teishin,
and the Zanshin — are considered basic to the practice of Shonishin pediatric acupuncture. Over the years, many additional tools and supplementary techniques have been designed specifically for pediatric therapy. Treatments are delivered in a warm and safe atmosphere and ‘little patients’ come to play and rest while getting healthier at the same time.

Shonishin techniques involve rhythmic stroking, rubbing, tapping, and pressing the skin to give different kinds of gentle stimulation. These techniques regulate and fortify children’s vital energy, harmonize their emotional systems, and strengthen their constitution and immune system.

Shonishin is used to treat a wide variety of problems, including:

•  Failure to thrive syndrome

•  Weak constitution

•  Colic, excessive night crying, temper tantrums

•  Indigestion, GERD, constipation, and diarrhea

•  Night terrors

•  Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

•  Allergies, asthma, and colds

•  Eczema and hives

•  Ear infections

•  Bedwetting

•  Stuttering

•  Cerebral palsy

•  Spina bifida

The specifics of the treatment (frequency, dosage, strength) depend on the practitioner, the age,
and condition of the child, among other factors. Treatments for children are actually very brief: a typical treatment generally lasts only one to five minutes. Generally speaking, the older the child, the longer
the treatment. It’s particularly important that the practitioner develops a touch (and a heart) that a child responds to!

The key to successful Shonishin treatment is “less is better.” The beauty of Shonishin is its simplicity, gentleness, and effectiveness.

The science and art of Acupuncture promotes natural healing of the body through the gentle insertion of needles into specific points along the meridians of the body.

“Acupuncture, the Timeless
Art of Self-healing.”
Acupuncture is a very effective form of healthcare that aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific (highly energetic, hormonal and electro-magnetic) points on the body.