WHEN you hear the word “acupuncture”, what comes to mind? Tiny needles inserted at certain points and “meridians” of the body? Well, did you know that acupuncture is more than just the use of needles? As this practice continues to develop, updates and innovations have been made over the years.
Acupuncture existed long before many modern treatments existed and is the most commonly used traditional healing technique, dating back to at least 100 BC. It consists of stimulating certain points of the body by selectively blocking the transmission of pain through nerve fibers. It also regulates the flow of energy in the body to relieve chronic pain and helps with various health issues such as nausea, migraines, digestive issues, depression, arthritis and menstrual cramps, to name a few. to name a few.
Traditional acupuncture uses very thin, flexible disposable threadlike acupuncture needles to target specific points on the body and is completely painless. Electroacupuncture, or known as needleless acupuncture – for those who are afraid of needles – uses a small gadget that uses an electrode to pass small currents through target points to achieve the desired effect. Acupressure, on the other hand, uses massage and pressure instead of needles or gadgets.
There is also a type of acupuncture that focuses on your ears. Unlike the types mentioned above that require you to lie down for the entire session, auricular (ear) acupuncture allows you to move freely or sit down during the session. This is ideal for patients who cannot sit still for long periods of time. He uses ear bugs, commonly called “seeds” because they literally look like seeds.
Rosalie “Dolly” Salve, businesswoman turned licensed massage therapist and acupuncturist, founder of G&D Health and Wellness Center, became fascinated with this healing technique after training at the Philippine Institute of Health Care traditional and alternative. In fact, she is one of the first people to learn about modern acupuncture (electroacupuncture) in the country.
A number of clients have reported feeling better, physically and emotionally, after acupuncture sessions with her since 2006.
“Acupuncture is a form of holistic treatment. In addition to relieving body pain and treating disease, it also improves well-being as it recharges the body’s bioelectricity,” Dolly pointed out.
She combines acupressure and acupuncture for a total healing technique that takes about an hour and a half. She begins with a light acupressure massage, followed by electroacupuncture on her aura detox bed (thermal bed, which is said to restore damaged cells in the body and purify them).
“Sometimes patients ask to be inserted with needles even after an electropuncture session, but that’s on a case-by-case basis,” Dolly explained.
How to prepare before and after the session?
“Just prepare to be healed. You should not eat or drink 30 minutes before treatment and should not drink alcoholic beverages 48 hours before. Two hours after the treatment, you should not shower or wash your body and should not eat or drink,” Dolly explained.
Visit the G&D Health and Wellness Center at 209 V. Rama St., or contact 0929-117-3145 as it is strictly by appointment only.