ROBERT S. ROWAND, L. Ac., Dipl. AC.
DIPLOMAT OF ACUPUNCTURE (NCCAOM)
Robert S. Rowand, L. Ac. is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a M.S. in Acupuncture and B.S. in Professional Studies, and a B.S. in Wellness Studies from Rutgers University. He received his national certification from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 2003. He is licensed through the New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners and has been in practice since 2004. He previously worked as a faculty member at Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine (ESTOM) where he taught Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Theory, and clinic supervisor from 2009 to 2011. He has done many speaking engagements for local hospitals and within the medical community, and has written published articles on acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 2500 year old medical practice involving the insertion of fine needles into precise points on the body. Acupuncture works by stimulating these points to restore balance in the body where balance has been lost. Symptoms and disease are the clinical manifestation of such imbalances. As the body’s balance is restored, symptoms will diminish. Each point or combination of points on the body illicit specific responses, or have different functions. Based on a persons particular imbalance, or Chinese Medical diagnosis, points are chosen and utilized to help the body restore its’ natural balance, resulting in an increased state of health and overall well-being.
Different symptoms or conditions may require different forms of treatment, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine or dietary recommendations. A skilled practitioner will best determine what kind of treatment is best for your condition.
Acupuncture is one of the most widely utilized forms of alternative therapies in the world today. It is completely safe, with virtually no side effects. Many healthcare professionals are recommending and prescribing acupuncture treatment to their patients.
Conditions Treated With Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been proven effective in treating a variety of medical conditions. The following are some commonly treated conditions:
- Auto and Work Related Injury
- Asthma and Allergies
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sleep Disturbance
- Neck Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Migraine Headaches
- Auto-Immune Conditions
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Making dietary changes to promote health and healing is one aspect of medicine that has existed for centuries but is often overlooked. Foods not only offer the nutrients that our bodies need, but also possess different properties, or may illicit specific changes in the body.
From a Traditional Chinese Medical perspective, symptoms or disease manifest or present as the result of an imbalance or multiple imbalances in the body. In diagnosing and treating these imbalances, certain foods may be suggested to aid the body in achieving or maintaining a better balance, resulting in diminished symptoms or disease presentation and severity.
Based on this theory, while some foods may help to achieve balance others may actually aggravate the imbalance resulting in a worsening of symptoms or disease states. The focus of Chinese Medicine is to restore balance where balance has been lost, by adjusting one’s diet according to imbalances that exist in their body one may help their body to achieve or maintain balance.
This theory not only applies to treating disease states or symptoms, but also applies to constitutional weaknesses or imbalances; therefore dietary changes are recommended as a form of preventative medicine as well.
For example, if an individual presents with a symptoms due to a weakness or imbalance of the digestive system, often referred to as the Spleen in Chinese Medicine, foods that help to tonify or strengthen the Spleen would be recommended, while foods that may further damage or weaken the Spleen, or are hard to digest should be avoided. Over time, these dietary changes help to tonify the weakness, or restore balance to the body resulting in increased health and a diminished disease state and symptom presentation.
Dietary changes are also recommended in conjunction with the change of seasons in Chinese Medicine to help maintain balance. As the seasons change, different foods may be recommended to help maintain balance throughout each season. Organic and locally grown foods are often recommended to maintain better health throughout the year.
What To Expect From Treatment
WHAT TO EXPECT:
South Jersey Acupuncture strives to meet the needs of every patient.
We offer private and comfortable treatment rooms and convenient office hours at 2 locations. Initial sessions may last up to one and a half hours, depending on each individuals needs, health concerns and medical history. Typical treatments last about 45 minutes. Time is allotted for questions and concerns of patients and their families. Often patients experience a feeling of relaxation and contentment following treatment. Treatment frequency will be discussed during the initial visit, and may vary depending on the condition being treated.
Please contact us for a consultation or to schedule an appointment.