What is Acupuncture?
“Acupuncture is a Chinese medical treatment traditionally used to relieve a wide variety of common ailments”
Acupuncture is a method of treatment that works to stimulate various energetic acupoints on the human body. Qi (pronounced “chi”) means vital energy, and is one of the most important elements in healthy physiological function. Qi flows throughout the human body in certain pathways referred to as “meridians”.
What are the Meridians?
Meridians are energetic pathways in the human body, and the acupoints on these meridians serve as access points to vital life energy, or Qi. Our interactive chart illustrates the major and most frequently used meridians during treatment.
Acupoints are used to access > Qi (Vital Energy) which Flows through > Pathways (Meridians)
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Unlike conventional needles, acupuncture needles are extremely thin, smooth, and have a rounded tip. When they are inserted into the skin, most people feel only a slight sensation if anything at all. With the needles in place, there may be a mild throbbing pain, sensations of heaviness , warmth, and/or tingling around the site of the needling. These are normal sensations and indicate the balancing of the body’s energy.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When performed by a qualified, Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), this form of treatment is extremely safe. Practitioners use one time use, sterile needles to ensure safety and eliminate the risk of disease transmission.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you will need depends on your overall health, your body’s response to Acupuncture treatment, and the nature and duration of your illness or injury. Usually within 4 to 6 treatments your Acupuncturist will be able to tell you how much further treatment you will need.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Qi can be dispersed where it is stagnant and guided to where it is lacking, and is ultimately balanced with the treatment of Acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used for a wide variety of illnesses, including:
- Chronic and Acute Pain - Injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
- Neurological Disorders – Post-stroke recovery, Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders
- Upper Respiratory Disorders - Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu.
- Digestive Disorders – Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers
- Urinary and Reproductive Disorders – Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms.
- Immune Function – Recurrent infections, supportive treatment fo cancer and AIDS patients.
- Addictions – Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs.
- Eye and Ear Disorders – Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease.
- Depression, Anxiety & Insomnia
- Other Conditions – Contact a Licensed Acupuncturist in your area to find out about other conditions that can be treated with Acupuncture
How do treatments work?
Acupuncturists begin by assesing your medical history, looking at your tongue, and feeling your pulse. After the diagnosis, they insert needles into the appropriate acu-points along the energetic pathways (meridians) of your body.
Acupuncturist may also use other treatments in a typical session. These include:
Tui Na – A form of manual therapy in which the practitioner uses their hands to diagnose and treat a wide variety of ailments.
Moxibustion – A technique in which an herb (mugwort) is burned to warm a certain area or acu-point.
Many Acupuncturists also utilize nutritional and lifestyle counseling to help their patients. These are usually based upon the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.