The Science

Meet the Doctor


Dr. Reza Ghassemlou (aka, Dr. Reza) received his Ph.D. in Oriental medicine from the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Los Angeles, California. He is a board certified Acupuncturist and herbal Treatment specialist and has been Practicing since 1991.

In addition to Acupuncture, his other credential entails nothing short Of impressive, he is a certified Clinical Nutritionist, registered Alternative Medicine doctor, Reiki practitioner, Certified Cosmetic Acupuncture practitioner for Facial Rejuvenation, Cellulite Reduction, and Lymphatic Drainage.

And last but not least, he has been conducting various psychological and physical development seminar and workshops for general public as well as for Medical professionals, both domestically and abroad.

Due to his extensive education, practices and observations of many conditions in the field of Medicine his solitary professional goal has become to provide and make informed assessment and treatment for patients with chronic and acute conditions. Utilizing the state of art computer systems to measure, analyze and diagnose energetic signatures of the various body organs and to implementing acupuncture as a preventative measures to abate the perceptions of pain and to improve physical and emotional well-being of his patients.

What is the computerized analyzer system for Acupuncture?


Dr. Reza uses state of art computer systems to measure, analyze and diagnose energetic signatures of the various body organs It is a revolution in modern acupuncture, enhancing the effect of ancient techniques by applying modern science. This combination makes acupuncture treatment EASIER and MORE EFFECTIVE, Providing evidence-based exam data and acupuncture point selection and allows the patients to clearly see the effect of their treatment and their improvements over time.; it is like a lab test for acupuncture!


HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Acupuncture is one of the most well known therapies used by Oriental medicine practitioners, a method of placing very thin needles in a patient's skin at specific points along the predictable patterns called meridians. Meridians are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these rivers is like a dam that backs up in others. the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Therefore helps the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, energy production activities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

The World Health Organization has a list of conditions for which it recognizes the use of acupuncture therapy, including physical as well as psychological or emotional issues.

What Conditions Recommended for Acupuncture by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)?



Respiratory Diseases

  • Acute sinusitis
  • Acute rhinitis
  • Common cold
  • Acute tonsillitis

Bronchopulmonary Diseases

  • Acute bronchitis
  • Bronchial asthma

Eye Disorders

  • Acute conjuctivitis
  • Cataract (without complications)
  • Myopia
  • Central retinitis

Disorders of the Mouth Cavity

  • Toothache
  • Pain after tooth extraction
  • Gingivitis
  • Pharyngitis

Orthopedic Disorders

  • Periarthritis humeroscapularis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Low back pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Spasm of the esophagus and cardia
  • Hiccups
  • Gastroptosis
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Gastric hyperacidity
  • Chronic duodenal ulcer
  • Acute and chronic colitis
  • Acute bacterial dysentery
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Paralytic ileus

Neurologic Disorders

  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial paralysis
  • Paralysis after apoplectic fit
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis
  • Meniere's syndrome
  • Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Intercostal neuralgia
Source: World Health Organization United Nations. "Viewpoint on Acupuncture." 19 19 (revised).23

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?


The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required, and for health.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO THE TREATMENT?


Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.

WHAT ARE THE NEEDLES LIKE? DO THEY HURT?


Most patients feel no pain at all. some feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle. Because your doctor carefully sterilizes the needles using the same techniques as for surgical instruments, or uses disposable needles, there is no risk of infection from the treatments.

DO I HAVE TO BELIEVE IN ACUPUNCTURE FOR IT TO WORK?


No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude ("I don't know if I really believe in this.") will not block the treatment results.

ARE THERE ANY "DO'S AND DONT'S" FOR ME ON THE DAY OF A TREATMENT?


Yes. To enhance the value of a treatment, the following guidelines are important:

  • Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
  • Do not over-exercise, engage in sexual activity, or consume alcoholic beverages within 6 hours before or after the treatment.
  • Plan your activities so that after the treatment you can get some rest, or at least not have to be working at top performance. This is especially important for the first few visits.
  • Continue to take any prescription medicines as directed by your regular doctor. Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) especially in the week prior to treatment, will seriously interfere with the effectiveness of acupuncture treatments.
  • Remember to keep good mental or written notes of what your response is to the treatment. This is important for your doctor to know so that the follow-up treatments can be designed to best help you and your problem
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