What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an essential part of traditional Chinese Medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous clinical history of over 5,00o years. Oriental Medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbology, and bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise based on traditional Oriental medicine principles.
These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. Acupuncture is a safe and drug-free therapy using very fine needles which are inserted just under the skin into specific acupuncture points. This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the population in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.
How does it work?
The Chinese speak about Chi (pronounced “chee”) as the vital energy or life force basic to the universe and every human being. Chi flows regularly through the body along defined pathways or meridians. When the flow is unrestricted and smooth, good health and vitality are maintained. Illness in body, mind, or spirit is associated with a disruption in the flow of the vital energy.
The goal of acupuncture is to restore balance and harmony in the flow of Chi energy, enabling the patient to heal from within. Acupuncture looks to treat the whole person with the disease, not just the disease itself. Symptoms in body, mind, or spirit are distress signals and not in themselves the prime imbalance. as balance begins to be restored and he patient’s particular condition improves, he or she may also experience an improved quality of life.
What can I expect during my first visit?
The first visit combines an in depth interview, consultation, physical examination and diagnosis. During your first visit you will receive your first treatment as well. The examination uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians considered with you medical history and current symptoms to create a Oriental medicine diagnosis. Your acupuncturist will then create a treatment plan.
Since every person is unique the response to treatment is individual. Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly. However, some conditions that may have arisen over a course of years will be relie ed with slow, steady progress. as in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, and lifestyle will affect the outcome of the treatment. You are encouraged to actively participate in your healing process.
Is acupuncture safe?
In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, you will receive safe, gentle, and effective treatment using sterile, disposable, stainless steel needles as well as non-needle techniques. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible , about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion is performed without discomfort.
You may sense a feeling of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. most patients find the treatment very relaxing and may fall asleep during treatment.
Acupuncture can help with a variety of conditions
- Gastrointestinal Disorders– including food allergies, peptic ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation,indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis.
- Urogenital Disorders– including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
- Gynecological Disorders– irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and premenstrual syndrome.
- Respiratory Disorders– such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, and bronchitis.
- Bone, muscular, joint and nervous system disorders– such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, and low back, neck and shoulder pain.
- Circulatory Disorders– hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, and anemia.
- Psychological Disorders– including depression and anxiety.
- Addictions– alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.
- Ear, Eye, Nose, and Throat Disorders
- Supportive Therapy– for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders.
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