About Acupuncture
 

What is Acupuncture?

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FAQ about Acupuncture


What is Acupuncture? 

Acupuncture is a primary health care modality that has flourished in China for at least 3,000 years and is used widely throughout Asia and Europe.  It is considered as one of the newest primary health care provisions in this country.  Acupuncture has grown as both western and oriental physicians, medical researchers, and the public experience it, integrate it in their health care, and spread it's benefits.

The Chinese word “qi” (pronounced “chee”) describes the body’s life force, or energy.  Meridians are the pathways through which energy, or qi, circulates.  Before an acupuncture treatment, acupuncturist will assess what meridians and organs are involved.  This diagnosis is based on patient’s signs and symptoms as well as where you manifest physical pain. 
Disease, in Traditional Oriental Medicine, results from an imbalance or blockage along the meridians of your body.  This causes physical, emotional and psychosomatic stress related disorders.

This is where the needles come into use:  very thin, sterile, stainless steel needles are inserted into specific points along meridians to disperse blockages and mobilize the body’s natural immune response.  No medicine is put into the body; the body begins to heal itself. 

There is no need to worry.  Acupuncture is neither scary nor painful.  Lots of people actually fall asleep while the needles are in and wake up feeling relaxed and refreshed.  Ask anyone who has gone to a licensed acupuncturist and they will tell you how great they feel through the whole process.

Far more than a technique of inserting tiny threadlike needles along meridian lines of the body, acupuncture's complex system of diagnostic corollaries takes into consideration the person as whole, not just isolated symptoms.  Acupuncture is practiced based on discerning the "pattern of disharmony" and treating accordingly. Modern acupuncture utilizes other modalities as well, such as herbal medicine and moxibustion, electrical stimulation device, exercise and nutrition.

Acupuncture treats to strengthen the physical condition, prevent disease, control pain, and achieve longevity.  The aim as practiced in oriental medicine in general is not necessarily to eliminate or alleviate symptoms.  The objective, rather, is to increase both the ability to function and the quality of life.

Acupuncture is the insertion of “thread-like” needles along energy pathways in the body. Treatments are relaxing, effective, and painless thanks to modern technology. This modality of Traditional Chinese Medicine dates back over 3000 years, and is the fastest growing alternative modality in North America.

All needles are factory produced and sterilized, individually wrapped, and disposed of in a sharps container after use. Treatments are complimented by relaxation aromatherapy and spa music. Course of treatment for your concerns will be determined during initial assessment.