What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the most timeless and effective systems of medicine in the world. It originated in China and has been practiced for over 2500 years.
During a treatment, very thin, sterile, single-use disposable needles are inserted into specific points in order to activate the body’s own natural ability to heal itself. . Based on the practitioner’s examination, each treatment is individually tailored to the patient’s unique healthcare needs with the goal of not just correcting current symptoms, but also preventing greater health problems from occurring in the future. These treatments are comfortable, restorative and relaxing.
How does it Work?
Research has found that acupuncture can cause dramatic changes in the body including the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain killers), stimulation of the immune system and influence on the cardiovascular and nervous systems.
Traditional acupuncture theory is based on the concept that electromagnetic energy (also known as Qi) flows through specific pathways within the body, nourishing the tissues and organs and providing the physiologic energy required to maintain life. The free flow of this energy can be disrupted and blocked by physical or emotional trauma, poor nutrition or overwork and injury to name a few examples. As a result, imbalances can occur within the body resulting in pain and or illness. An acupuncturist is able identify these imbalances through specialized diagnostic techniques and then insert needles at very specific points along the energy pathways to reestablish the smooth flow of Qi. This process of re-balancing addresses both the patient’s symptoms as well as the underlying root cause.
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
- Allergies/Sinus Congestion
- Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis and other skin conditions
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Hormonal imbalances
- Digestive issues
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Pain Relief
- Sports injuries
- Gynecological issues (Pelvic pain, PMS)
- Menopausal issues (Hot flashes, night sweats)
- Prostate Issues
The above list represents some of the more common ailments that Acupuncture treats, although the list is much more extensive. Please call or email for more information on how Acupuncture can help you. Please click on the link below to see the World Health Organization's (WHO) list of common ailments treated by Acupuncture.