When a patient seeks acupuncture, the patient must understand both the objective and the method used to attain it to avoid any confusion or disappointment.

Acupuncture Defined

Acupuncture is the ancient Oriental art and science of inserting “extremely” fine needles into specific points located along energy networks called “meridians” which are believed to go to all the body's organs and enable them to function. Specific insertion points of these tiny needles are believed to open, unblock, increase, decrease, or even re-direct the flow of energy or “Qi” through these meridians. This is a very simple explanation for the complex process that takes place in the body during acupuncture.

How Does It Work?

Over a few thousand years, acupuncturists and experts alike have agreed upon and mapped out points along these meridians that influence the body’s organs, health and function the way they do. Practitioners of Chinese medicine don’t make up these points as they go. Instead, it is like opening a chef’s cookbook and following the recipe.

For centuries acupuncture has been used to open and unblock the body’s life-giving energy or Qi (pronounced “chee”) believed to be responsible for illness and disease. When Qi is abundant and flowing freely, your body thrives and gives you vitality. If your Qi is obstructed or depleted, symptoms may begin to arise.

Symptoms are the body’s distress signals warning there is a problem. Symptoms may not show up until the disease or problem is well underway. The goal of acupuncture is to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance. Compared to other treatment methods, Some big advantages of acupuncture is that it’s very safe, can control some types of pain, can be combined with other treatments, and it is almost completely free of side effects.

Although we do not offer to diagnose or treat any disease or condition, acupuncture has been endorsed by the World Health Organization of The United Nations and The National Institutes of Health as an effective treatment for conditions such as addictions, arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel, chemotherapy nausea, depression, digestive problems, ear problems, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia, muscle and joint pain, and more. Various insurance companies also may recognize acupuncture as medically necessary for chronic neck and back pain, headaches, TMJ disorders or even pain from knee or hip arthritis.

Acupuncture And Conventional Medical Care

Acupuncture can be used while other treatment modalities and medications are being used. It is easily integrated into and used with conventional medicine and of course holistic wellness. We recommend not altering medication or other therapies without consulting your primary care physician.

This could be what you have been missing even if you are in basic good health and want to facilitate your well-being and prevent illness. To schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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