Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:
Stress and tension relief
Increased energy levels
Relief from bad habits and addictions
Greater sense of overall health and well-being
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
The practice of acupuncture in the United States incorporates medical traditions from CThe practice of acupuncture in the United States incorporates medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. Acupunctur is one of the essential elements of Oriental medicine and the oldest, most commonly used medical procedure in the world. Originating in China more than 3,000 years ago, the practice of Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, electro-acupuncture, cupping, manual therapies such as acupressure, moxibustion, exercises such as tai chi or qi gong, as well as Chinese herbal preparations and dietary therapy.
These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body’s ability to heal itself. This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the world’s population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the word.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Oriental Medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western Medicine.
The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy is Qi. In developing and understanding the prevention and curing of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called meridians. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.
Traditional Oriental Medicine user an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite oriental medical diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Many conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. However, some conditions that have arisen over a course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress.
As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and life style will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged during the process. Although Oriental Medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western Medicine. In such cases, your Acupuncturist will recommend you to contact a Western Medicine doctor. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine should be seen as complementary to Western Medicine.
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?
Your acupuncturist only uses sterile, one-time use, disposable needles. The needles are about as thin as a human hair and are generally inserted no deeper than ¼ – ½” into the skin. On average, your acupuncturist uses between 4 and 16 needles depending on the patient’s condition, age, and constitution. Initially, at the insertion of the needle, you may feel a dull, achy feeling or heat, depending on your level of sensitivity. The needles are then left in for about 25 to 40 minutes.
IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, due to the fact that the main sources of pain from injections are the larger diameter needle and medication being forced into the tissue with pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by skilled practitioners is performed without discomfort.
You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. In some cases, your practitioner may also recommend herbs or dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.