Acupuncture

What is it? Acupuncture is a safe and effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic healthcare system. Acupuncture exists under the umbrella of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture is a form of treatment used within TCM along with herbal medicine, Asian bodywork (Tui Na), dietary therapy, and other ways of stimulating acupuncture points like cupping or moxibustion. Acupuncture has the ability to enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall body function and well-being.

How does it work? Energy flows through channels in the body called meridians. These meridians act like rivers carrying nourishment and sustenance all over the body. Along these meridians are trigger points that have been found through years of experience to stimulate specific responses in the body. The insertion of hair thin stainless steel solid needles acts as a trigger for stimulation therapy. Its not that the needles put something into the body or take something out, but instead the sensation felt by the body that acts as a signal telling that organ or meridian to do things like turn down body temperature or adjust the circulation to different areas of the body.

Does it hurt? Acupuncture works through stimulation, so sensation during a treatment is a good thing; however, that feeling isn’t overly painful. Different people feel different sensations during a treatment. Some describe heavy, warm, tingling or swelling sensations at the site of the acupuncture needle. This sensation generally fades a few moments after the insertion.

Is it safe? Yes, especially when done by a trained and licensed acupuncturist. Acupuncture needles are used one time and then disposed after treatment.

What can acupuncture treat? (This is by no means a complete list of what Acupuncture and  Chinese Herbal Medicine can treat, either as a primary or supporting role.)

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Immune/Autoimmune Disorders

  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hepatitis
  • Cancer
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

Addiction

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control