Acupuncture is part of a complete Traditional Chinese Medical system based on the principals of natural balance. Developed in China over 3,000 years ago, the practice has continued to evolve, grow and be refined over the years. Still widely practiced today, acupuncture has stood the test of time. Acupuncture promotes healing by enhancing your body’s own recuperative powers and immunity creating physical and emotional health.
Acupuncture is safe, drug-free and effective. Each treatment is designed specifically for the individual being treated. In the presence of this subtle energy, symptoms often resolve completely and patients frequently experience renewed vitality.
Acupuncture treats the “whole person” not a specific body part or symptom. All aspects of your health are taken into consideration including physical symptoms, emotions, environment and past health history. Acupuncture can break the pain cycle and provide lasting relief.
Acupuncture is recommended by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization as an effective treatment for over 40 different medical conditions, including:
- Acute or chronic pain including low back, shoulder or neck pain
- Fibromyalgia or other mind-body illnesses
- Tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive motion injuries
- Headache or chronic migraine
- Sinus congestion, allergies or asthma
- Gynecological disorders including infertility, PMS and menstrual irregularities
- Depression, stress or anxiety
- Gastrointestinal disorders including constipation, chronic diarrhea, IBS, gastritis, peptic ulcer, food allergies and indigestion
- Smoking cessation
- Drug and alcohol addictions
- Uro-genital disorders including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections and sexual dysfunction
- Nervous system disorders such as dizziness, neuralgia, numbness, insomnia
- Ear, eye, nose and throat disorders
An acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints on the body. Heat or electrical stimulation may or may not be added. When the needles are inserted, you may feel a tingling, vague numbness, heaviness or a dull ache. This is a sign that the treatment is working. Most people find the treatment very relaxing and some even fall asleep!
For more information: aaaomonline.org, nccaom.org, nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture, medicalacupuncture.org, acupunctureresearch.org, acupuncture.com