Chinese Medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine. The ancient Chinese recognized the vital energy inherent in all living things. This energy is called Qi (pronounced chee). Over thousands of years of practice, the ancient physicians discovered a system of cyclic energy flowing in the human body along specific pathways called channels or meridians.
The vast majority of patients do not consider acupuncture a painful procedure. Some patients feel a slight Qi sensation when the needle is inserted: most feel nothing at all. These Qi sensations' range from warmth or tingling, to a brief ache or heaviness in the area being needled. Qi sensations are generally only felt on one or two of the acupuncture points. They indicate favorable results from the acupuncture treatment, as Qi has been strongly contacted.
My dual proficiency and passion for Western and Eastern approaches to medicine began with my intrepid grandmother, who came from Portugal in the 1920s to lead Brazilian nursing practice at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Fascinated by her forward-thinking and dedication to the service of others, I followed in her footsteps and began my education at the same place where she taught.
Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, my father was steadfast in recommending I give back to the community that had provided me with the opportunity to study medicine, and for almost one year, I lived with the Bororo’s, an indigenous people of Brazil, in the forest.
While the school had taught me cutting-edge technology and novel approaches to maladies, in the bare bones society I first practiced in, I learned to adapt with limited tools and also to respect traditional approaches of the native population to usher in my Western medicine in a more ingratiating and effective manner. From this experience, I have always taken a holistic view of treatment for patients as it is essential for well-being that the trusted participation of the patient be of paramount importance to the practitioner.More Info
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Chinese medicine holds that disease is the direct result of blockages or irregularities in the flow of Qi which could be caused by emotional factors such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief or as a result of infections, poisons, trauma, nutrition or hereditary factors. Acupuncture aims to clear these blockages and restore equilibrium. Very fine needles, much finer than a hypodermic needle, are inserted into the skin and left for 20-30 minutes.
Some patients may feel a 'tingle' when the needle is inserted but for most they feel less than even a pinprick. All needles are in sealed, sterile packaging, which is opened in front of the patient, and are disposable. Acupuncture is frequently used for a very wide variety of symptoms such as neurological and musculo-skeletal problems, digestive disorders, psychological and stress-related illnesses and allergic conditions.
Another technique used is that of massage, which again focuses on the energy channels of the body and applies pressure along the network of meridians and pressure points, aiming to release blockages and restore equilibrium. Finger pressure is used to stimulate energy channels or acupuncture points. It can be performed through clothing or directly onto the skin using oils, according to preference. Tui-Na massage follows the same principles as Acupuncture. It is used particularly often for a range of musculo-skeletal problems such as lower back pain, frozen shoulder, slipped discs and for pain relief; and for digestive problems and insomnia.
Cupping is sometimes used in order to treat an entire area such as the back or a particular limb. A partial vacuum is created within a glass bowl, when applied to the skin, 'sucks' on the skin to which the glass 'cup' is applied. After a few minutes the vacuum will break down and the cup is removed. The therapy can be used in cases where energy is believed to be stagnating, to promote lymphatic drainage within the entire area, to draw out toxins and to promote relaxation.
Gua-Sha is a very simple and effective traditional healing technique practiced widely in China, Vietnam, and other parts of East Asia. During a gua-sha treatment, a round-edged instrument is used to stroke the skin in a certain area of the body. Sufficient pressure is applied so that the subcutaneous fascia is reached, and massage oil is applied to the surface of the skin to stop any discomfort from friction. The effect of gua-sha treatment is to reduce blockages and to facilitate improved circulation. With an effective gua-sha treatment, the skin afterwards has a bruised look as all the stagnant blood and metabolic waste products come to the surface. The bruise normally fades after 3 days. The result of removing these blockages is that the fluid and blood circulation is vastly improved in the area, and any tension or build-up of metabolic by-products in the muscles is reduced.
Moxibustion is an essential part of Chinese medicine which uses moxa, a soft woolly substance prepared from mugwort leaves (Artemisia vulgaris). In moxibustion the moxa is placed either directly on the skin or held just above it, over specific acupuncture points or meridians. The herb is lit and as it “burns” slowly, a therapeutic heat permeates the skin and affects the flow of Qi and blood in the area being treated.
I have had several treatment by Mr Mello and let me say he has magic needles. I suffer from migraines and after each treatment I am pain free for several months.
Wagner is a gifted acupuncturist. Whatever my issue was I always felt better after treatments with him. Wagner is highly skilled professional who listens. His touch is gentle and confident and his acupuncture deliver results. Highly recommended and always well dressed.
It was an honor to get to work with Wagner for about 6 months, his final phase at PCOM. I'm sure I presented multiple challenges, given the complexity of my hemorrhagic stroke 8 years before. I'd made tremendous progress in every respect through constant efforts and continuing to explore new methods. Acupuncture, administered by a knowledgeable and sensitive professional like Wagner recharged my progress. His deep knowledge of western medicine helped me to integrate the two systems elegantly. The true measure is improved strength, coordination and dexterity; reduced tremors eliminating the need for two meds and even improvement in the convergence problem I've had with my vision. I look forward to continuing with Wagner in his private practice.
I met Wagner at the the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference 2015 and has been treating me with acupuncture ever since. His treatments are very helpful, specially with my depression and anxiety, not to mention the feet, knees and lower back pain. At 50 years old, Acupuncture keeps me healthy and mobile and the fact he's a Registered Nurse, makes me feel even safer.
Wagner is wonderful. He's professional, thoughtful, and he has real insight. He's helped me make the connections of real life stressors to the contributing factors of disease processes as well as the adjustments which are helping me so much in my recovery. I realized after going to a few places that a good acupuncturist is about more than just placing needles, although he's amazing at that too, and he has a very light touch. barely ever feel the needles go in, his technique is so good. This practitioner is able to put all the pieces together to treat the total picture and as cheesy as it sounds my soul feels a bit refreshed after every one of his treatments, and I always feel healthier after leaving a session. would highly recommend him to anyone in need of acupuncture services.