What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in China as a medical treatment involving the manipulation of thin, hair-like needles that have been inserted into certain acupuncture points along the human body, and is an integral part of the complete holistic health care system that is Oriental Medicine.
An acupuncturist’s perspective on health and sickness relies on the concepts of vital energy, energetic balance, and energetic imbalance. Where Western medical doctors monitor blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, acupuncturists monitor the distribution and flow of your vital energy within its pathways, known as meridians, and use combinations of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other treatment options to bring balance back to your body.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Inside your body are over two thousand points, known as acupuncture points, that belong to pathways, or meridians, that cover your body. Each point has a specific effect on certain functions of your body and mind. When needles are inserted into an acupuncture point a signal is sent to your brain, spinal cord, organs, and other tissues via certain channels. Each signal is point specific, and creates different effects on both your body and mind when used in combinations with other points. Careful manipulation of these points lead to very effective treatments for a wide range of ailments.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
No. Needle insertion can sometimes cause a slight pinching feeling, typically followed by a warming, cooling, or dull achy sensation in the body, which is usually not painful at all. Some people find the feeling is closer to a sensation of tingling or slightly numbing. These are all results of the Qi in your body being manipulated and are the desired effects, however, if you do experience any pain or discomfort, please let us know right away, as your needles may need to be adjusted.
Does Acupuncture Really Work?
Yes! Millions of people receive relief from Acupuncture treatments, and continue to receive care from their Acupuncturist regularly. It’s an extremely effective, and proven system of medical care that has been utilized in many Asian cultures for thousands of years and is being practiced world-wide by millions. How quickly you experience symptom relief depends on the nature of your ailment, however, some relief from intense, chronic pain or diseases can sometimes be felt after just a few treatments.
Some symptoms we can treat using Acupuncture
- Neck Pain
- Sports Injuries / Sports Performance
- Carpal Tunnel
- Shoulder and Wrist Pain
- Back Pain
- Hip and Knee Pain
- Athletic Performance Enhancement
- Sciatica / Disc Bulge
- Muscle Atrophy, Spasms and Twitches
- Bladder Dysfunction
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Postoperative Pain
- Common Colds
- Abdominal Pain
- Diarrhea / IBS / IBD
- Postpartum Depressions
- Ovarian Cysts
- Menstrual Cycle Disorders
- Chronic Fatigue
- Endocrine Disorders
- Immune Dysfunction
- Weight Loss /Weight Gain
- Chemo and Radiation side effects
- Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
- Sexual Dysfunction / Anti-Aging
- Addictions / Drug, Alcohol, Smokings