Acupuncture is currently practiced in nearly every area of the world and is used in the prevention and treatment of a wide variety of disorders. Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive medical system known as Chinese medicine and is often used in conjunction with Chinese Herbal Medicine, nutritional counseling and/or lifestyle recommendations. Acupuncture addresses both the symptoms and root of health problems. Because of this, it can address a large number of medical and psychological disorders with minimal to no side-effects.
How Acupuncture works:
In Chinese Medicine the body is made up of a network of pathways or meridians that contain and circulate Qi (pronounced “chee”). If these pathways become blocked, energy can get stuck. This can manifest as pain, swelling, weakness or any number of medical conditions. Acupuncture seeks to restore the smooth flow of energy in the body through the insertion of very fine, sterile, solid needles into specific points along these meridians. Inserting needles into these points adjusts the flow of energy within the body, allowing our bodies to heal themselves, naturally.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have endorsed acupuncture as an effective treatment for more than 40 chronic and acute conditions. If your condition is not listed below please do not hesitate to contact our office to determine whether acupuncture can help you.
Digestive & Urinary problems: Irritable Bowel, Constipation, Diarrhea, Nausea
Emotional disorders: Anxiety, Fatigue, Depression, Insomnia, Stress
Pain syndromes: Arthritis, Carpal tunnel, Facial and Dental pain, Fibromyalgia, Headaches/ Migraines, Nerve Pain, Sciatica, Sprains
Respiratory conditions: Allergies, Asthma, Colds, Sinus congestion
Women’s health: Hot flashes, Infertility, PMS, Painful or Irregular periods, Morning sickness
Frequently Asked Questions:
What does Acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are very thin (as thin as a strand of hair or a thread). The sensation caused by the needles varies from person to person. Some people feel nothing at all, others report a slight pinch, warmth, tingling or ache. These sensations are not usually described as painful. Most patients find the experience to be pleasant and very relaxing.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When administered by a licensed acupuncturist, acupuncture is a safe and effective way to improve your health with little to no side effects. All acupuncture needles are pre-sterilized, pre-packaged and disposable. They are used one time and then safely disposed.
How Many Treatments will I Need?
The number and frequency of acupuncture treatments depends on the severity of your diagnosed condition. Acupuncture is sometimes given daily or every other day in acute situations that require immediate pain management. A minimal course of treatment for recent ailments and injuries is generally 6-10 visits. Chronic degenerative conditions may require regular treatment over several months or longer. Treatments are usually spaced about once per week.
To get the most out of your treatments commit to a full course of treatment – acupuncture has a cumulative effect and in order to get better and stay better, it’s important to be consistent. Herbal medicine often requires a full course of treatment in order to see lasting benefits. Pay attention to your day-to-day health – keep track of what is going on with your body everyday. Before you know it, you will be noticing changes.