Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture? 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, healed and prevented disease for nearly 2,000 years. It is founded on the principle that health depends on the balance of the body’s vital energy, or “Qi” (pronounced Chee). Disease occurs when there is an imbalance in the flow of qi. Imbalances can arise from emotional stress, improper diet, injury or disease.

Energy flows through the body along pathways called meridians. Hundreds of acupuncture points are located along these pathways. Acupuncture restores balance in the body and frees up stagnant areas along the body’s meridians so that energy can properly flow. This proper flow of energy is what allows us to maintain optimal health.

Acupuncture can remedy ailments, but more importantly it can correct physical and emotional imbalances that cause symptoms to occur. The root cause of disease is addressed leading over time to the restoration of health, enhanced immunity, and emotional balance.


Is Acupuncture Right for Me?

While acupuncture is often associated with pain relief, people find treatment relieves such ailments as arthritis, digestive issues, fatigue, insomnia, gynecological issues, and headaches, as well as common allergies and colds. Some people use it as a complementary support for standard medical interventions, radiation or chemo therapy. Others seek treatment to relieve emotional stress or anxiety, weight loss, and smoking cessation or addiction. Acupuncture is also being used in facial rejuvenation which can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, decrease pores and benefit overall skin tone and elasticity.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) list a number of diseases that can benefit from acupuncture. These include headaches and migraines, acute and chronic pain, depression, digestive disorders, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, PMS and infertility, asthma and bronchitis.

Because of its ability to enhance the immune system, a growing number of people are using treatments as preventative care. Many testify to feeling better in a general way and experience an improved quality of life.

 

What to Expect:

Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion of very fine, disposable sterile needles at strategic points near the body’s surface. The needles tap into the body’s natural resources in order to stimulate the body to heal itself. Sensations lasting only seconds vary from person to person and have been described as tingling, aching, warm, dull or heavy traveling feelings. During treatment the body is put into a parasympathetic state which facilitates healing. Many people enjoy the session and find it quite relaxing.

Treatment consists of a patient intake, assessment of pulse and tongue diagnosis, followed by the insertion of needles (in total 1 hour or less depending on the patients needs). The initial visit will take slightly longer because it is important to address the entire body through questioning in order to get a clear picture of how the body functions as a whole. The patient is then left to relax with the needles for approximately 20-40 minutes. Following the treatment patients may feel more calm, relaxed, or an increase in energy, sense of mental clarity, and relief of symptoms.