The purpose of Chinese or Japanese
style acupuncture treatment is to restore the Life Force to balance
and harmony through opening up energetic blockages so that symptoms
and disease clear up and the natural expression of full health and
Acupuncture—Preventative & Restorative Medicine
Acupuncture originated in China more
than 3,500 years ago, making it one of the oldest and most commonly
used medical procedures in the world In ancient China, classical
acupuncture was practiced within a framework of preventive medicine
and the doctor was paid only when his patient was well.
acupuncturist's primary goal was to promote continuing good health.
For this reason one does not have to be sick or in pain in order to
benefit from treatment. In fact., people using psychotherapy or
meditation find acupuncture treatment promotes and expedites the
desired growth process.
While acupuncture is potent
preventive medicine, it is also effective in treating persons who
experience physical, mental or emotional symptoms. In acupuncture
theory, pain or any symptom, for that matter, is nothing more than
congested or stagnate energy. That is what we do with
acupuncture---we release the congestion, move the energy and get the
Life Force flowing again. When the core congestion is released,
then healing easily takes place.
Outcome studies have often documented
acupuncture's helpful effects; however, Western science has not been
able to fully explain how acupuncture works. At best, modern
studies suggest acupuncture stimulates one or more of the body’s
signaling systems, (ie. peptides that stimulate biologically
programmed responses) which can increase the healing response.
The Chinese describe acupuncture in
relation to the fundamental laws and principles governing all of
Nature. Underlying this ancient system of medicine is the view that
we reflect Nature; that the Five Elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth,
Metal) which operate in Nature relate to the functions of the human
bodymindspirit. Using Nature as a metaphor, the acupuncturist views
the condition of his patient much the way a gardener looks at the
health of his garden. He asks,” Is there enough water or sunlight?
Is the soil rich, fertile and full of the appropriate minerals?"
Asking questions like these, acupuncturists are like gardeners; they
tend the Life Force looking for the place where they can assist
nature to do its job.
The Life Force is the energy that comes into
the body with the first breath and leaves with the last. It flows
regularly throughout the body along precise pathways (meridians),
entering and leaving the body at specific points (acupuncture
points) that give direct access to the vital organs, such as heart,
liver, stomach, etc. Imbalances or blockages of this flow are
precursors of disease.
The condition of the Life Force
is assessed through Oriental pulse diagnosis, the sound of the
voice, the emotions exhibited, the symptoms presented, and the
body’s response to the palpation of certain “reflection points”
located throughout the body. Once a diagnosis and treatment plan are
formulated, the acupuncturist will discuss with you the direction
treatment will take.
Then by use of hair-thin, stainless steel
needles inserted into the acupuncture points, or the application of
heat (moxibustion) at those points, the energy is moved. In most
cases, the needles are inserted with the rhythm of the breath. You
may not feel anything when the needle is inserted or at the very
most, you may feel a sensation much like a bee sting as the needle
contacts the Life Force. The needles are “retained” for 15 – 20
minutes during which time there is no sensation.
Acupuncturists do not treat disease
per se. They treat people, who among other things may have disease.
As a holistic energetic medicine, acupuncture treats the blocks or
imbalances in the Life Force and is often highly effective in
treating psychosomatic, functional and stress disorders.
is not an effective treatment for birth defects (i.e. congenital
heart disease) or structural disorders (i.e. broken bones). However
acupuncture treatments may improve the quality of life or expedite
the healing process of persons experiencing these difficulties.
Acknowledging that health is more than simply the absence of
disease, acupuncturists often treat patients without overt symptoms.
An expansion of health and well-being is always possible, and those
who come for treatment as an adjunct to psychotherapy, meditation or
Western medicine find results come in the areas of greater vitality,
more reserve energy; a fuller sense of one's self; less fear; more
nourishing relationships; more restful sleep; freedom from small
aches and pains, etc. An underlying sense of well-being regardless
of circumstance is achieved. This is the quality of health possible
The first visit includes a 1 hour
diagnostic interview and a one hour treatment. At home, you answer a
health history questionnaire. During the first 15 minutes of your
visit you discuss your medical history and detail for your
practitioner how you would like to cultivate your health.
acupuncturist will do a physical examination and assess your
energetic field using the NES Scan technology and muscle testing.
These procedures will enable him to understand the flow (or lack of
flow) of the Life Force throughout your meridian system and offer
insight into what may be blocking the Life Force. Each subsequent
visit is approximately one hour.
The number and frequency of
treatments depends upon the severity of the patient's presenting
symptoms. Since all treatment focuses on balancing a person's
energy, visits are usually weekly for the first 4 to 6 weeks in
order to help his or her system push through initial blockages and
hold the balance that has been achieved. As soon as is feasible, the
time between treatments extends to once in two weeks, then every
three weeks, then four weeks, eventually becoming seasonal.
individual responds differently to treatment. Some people experience
a sense of "feeling better" or” feeling more stable" before their
physical symptoms begin to ease. Some respond quickly and for others
the changes are more gradual and subtle.
Treatment with acupuncture opens and
fosters the healing process-the process
of becoming, growing and staying well.
Daniel I. Ebaugh, L.Ac
Daniel Ebaugh, an acupuncturist
since 1984, is licensed By the State Board of Medical Examiners
to practice acupuncture in Maryland. He is a graduate of the
Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD where he was a
Full Faculity for 10 years. He has also studied with Professor
J.R.Worsley at the College of Traditional Acupuncture in
Leamington Spa, England. Additionally, he has completed a 2 year
course in Chinese Herbs with the internationally know Ted
Kapchuck and most recently he has studied Japanese Acupuncture
with the internationally know, Kiiko Matsumoto and David Euler.
In addition to his acupuncture
and herbal training, Dan has used these modalities to support
his experiential learning about nature and himself for over 30
years. Thus, he is an excellent resource on how to use
alternative medicine to promote both health and growth.
Dan has worked in the health care
field since1972-first as an Assistant Administrator of a
residential psychiatric treatment center; then as a massage
therapist and now as an acupuncturist and bio-medicine
specialist. During the course of treatment, clients find Dan to
be insightful, warm-hearted and dedicated to his work. They
appreciate his commitment to preventive medicine and his
capacity to make the wisdom of the ancient Chinese real in their
lives. Also, they describe him as having a gentle sense of humor
and a contagious laugh.
What distinguishes Dan from other acupuncturists is his
experience, knowledge and skill in communicating with your
body’s Wisdom so that it informs diagnosis and dictates
treatment allowing him to get it right the first time.
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