Acupuncture is a natural, holistic therapy that promotes health and alleviates pain and suffering. This method, based on the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has been developed and tested over thousands of years, and continues to be validated today. People experience pain or illness when “Qi” or “vital energy” is blocked or when energy is imbalanced. Acupuncture works by freeing up blockages of Qi in the body. From an Eastern Medicine perspective, these blockages occur in meridians, rivers of energy that run throughout the body, nourishing the organs and tissues. Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of Qi within meridians. As acupuncture needles are inserted and manipulated, free flow is restored to the areas, which are obstructed. This encourages the body to rebalance and it promotes the inherent ability of the body to heal. Acupuncture is just one form of therapy used within the coherent system of healing known as Oriental Medicine. Patients normally receive dietary recommendations as well as herbal prescriptions as part of their holistic health treatment.
How is Acupuncture Performed?
Acupuncture needles are inserted into various points on the body for the purposes of treating specific disorders. The individually packaged needles are both sterilized and disposable. Each needle in inserted at least ¼ inch and is manipulated until the patient feels a heavy, achy or tingling sensation. This indicates that Qi has arrived. The arrival of Qi is an important process, which encourages the body to improve and regulate functions.
Do the needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin. Unlike hypodermic needles, they are solid, without a hollow center. Most people commonly experience a mild tingling or dull, achy sensation, but these sensations subside once the needles have been placed. The majority of patients report that the benefits of treatment offset any discomfort felt during the session.
What does acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture treats both acute and chronic conditions. It can help prevent acute conditions from becoming chronic and help to improve or completely resolve chronic complaints. For pain management, acupuncture reduces inflammation, enhances immunity and promotes healing. The following are common conditions for which people seek acupuncture treatment:
Allergies / Asthma / Migraine / Headache / Anxiety / Depression / Arthritis / Joint Problems / Back Pain / Sciatica Carpal Tunnel /Tennis Elbow / Constipation / Diarrhea / Cough / Bronchitis / Fatigue / Immune Deficiency / Gynecological Disorder / PMS / Infertility / Neck Pain / Stiffness/ Stress / Tension
Are there different styles of acupuncture?
Yes. Many different styles of acupuncture have arisen from different cultures all over Asia, while Europeans and Americans have adopted a variety of these traditions. Many acupuncturists also use techniques other than the insertion of needles. For example, acupuncture points may be stimulated using electrical stimulation or moxibustion. Moxa is an herb that is burned on or near the surface of the skin. Other tools include gua sha, cupping and herbal medicine.