Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine originated in China thousands of years ago, The World Health Organization has officially recognized acupuncture as suitable for the treatment of hundreds of common clinical disorders. It is also used for preventive care and health maintenance.

Oriental medical theory explains that human beings have a natural flow of energy through the body and that pain and disease are caused by an imbalance, deficiency, or blockage of this energy. Qi (pronounced chee) is the Chinese word for this vital energy that nourishes and activates our mind, body, and spirit.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a complex system of diagnosis that views the person as a whole. Acupuncture is practiced based on discerning the “pattern of disharmony” and treating accordingly. Modern acupuncturist utilizes other modalities such as herbal medicine, Moxibustion, physical exercise, nutrition, meditation, breathing exercise and more. The response solicited by the acupuncture point treatment is focused on balancing the body’s systems which will in turn aid the body in functioning properly.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture is a therapy that uses the insertion of tiny thread-like needles to specific points on the body along meridians (energy channels of the body) that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is disturbed for any reason, there is disruption in health, resulting in pain or illness. By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is regulated, and health is restored.

What Should You Expect During Treatment?

Most patients find the treatment very relaxing, are surprised to find how comfortable they are during an acupuncture treatment, and how easily and painlessly the needles are inserted. Some patients even go to sleep during treatment. A patient may feel a sensation upon insertion and pressure or a “dull” reaction when the needle reaches the correct depth of the point. The needles are far different (smaller and thinner) from hypodermic needles.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of side effects. Needles generally cause no bleeding or pain, and most practitioners today use the disposable kind (I personally will not see any practitioner that does not use the disposable kind). There is minimal risk of organ penetration. Acupuncturists are trained in exact location, angle as well as depth of insertion of the acupuncture needle to avoid any injuries.

How Many Treatments Are Necessary?

No two conditions or people respond exactly the same. The length of treatment depends on the condition, the severity, and the duration of the condition. For example, if you awoke this morning with a sore throat, fever, and body aches vs. you have been suffering from arthritis for the last ten years and you are twenty pounds overweight. The physical and emotional state of the patient is also important, as well as the compliance with your doctor instruction and recommendations.

Chinese Herbology

Chinese herbology is a system of herbal treatment; it is not applied in the way that most herbs and medicines are used in our Western world. For example, all medicines (including herbal medicines) under western schools of thought are used because they are known to produce certain effects. Chinese Herbal Medicine was developed as an integral part of Chinese Medicine. It is used to re-harmonize imbalances in the body.