Acupuncture originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is based on the belief that a vital energy called “qi” (pronounced “chi”) circulates through the body in a network of channels that reach every tissue and organ. When qi does not flow properly, the body is deprived of nutrition and disease manifests.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine sterile needles into specific energy points on the body to restore balance, harmony and health.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization as a safe and effective treatment for a variety of health concerns.
“Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials” – A PDF document from the World Health Organization about the benefits of acupuncture.
The Treatment Experience
Since Chinese Medicine is concerned with overall well-being, physical, mental and emotional issues are investigated. In addition, observation of the tongue, pulse-taking, and palpation are important diagnostic tools for the practitioner. Specific physical exams are performed when necessary.
While the insertion of needles is usually painless, occasionally some patients report feeling a slight prickling sensation. Generally, patients enjoy the feeling of energy moving in the body. Once the needles are inserted, the patient relaxes comfortably for 20-30 minutes.
For maximum benefit, it is often recommended that patients sign up for weekly treatments for 6-8 weeks. Further evaluation will determine whether additional treatment is necessary.
Common Conditions Addressed by Acupuncture
- Low Energy
- Digestive Disorders
- Facial Rejuvination
- Headaches and Migraines
- Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain
- Pain Syndromes
- Menstrual Disorders
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Weight Loss