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Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. It is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. By inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points, the body’s natural healing abilities are stimulated, promoting physical and emotional well-being.
With Asiatic origins over 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has developed into a safe, effective, and powerful approach to wellness. The goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore the balance of energy; therefore, acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of health conditions, including anxiety, depression, digestive issues, and pain. Acupuncture has also proved beneficial for reducing fatigue and addictions, and for promoting overall health.
We will assess your health history, current medical conditions, and other treatments. Acupuncture may be combined with bodywork, exercise, and nutrition programs. At your acupuncture session needles will be inserted in very specific locations and are typically left in for five to twenty minutes, depending upon the location and patient needs. Following an acupuncture treatment, we will reassess your situation and often give suggestions for home care. Acupuncture generally involves several weekly and regular visits may be appropriate as a preventive measure to decrease stress, boost energy, or improve the body’s immune system.
Traditional Chinese medicine explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance the life force known chi (qi). This chi (qi) flows through meridians or pathways in the human body. By manipulating or stimulating various acupuncture points, these meridians and energy flows may be accessed. Since illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of the chi (qi), needles are used to bring the energy into balance. The stimulation also increases blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body's natural painkillers.
Acupuncture is very safe. Our staff is qualified and thoroughly trained. Patients may report some minor pain and soreness after treatment, but those symptoms subside and the longer term health benefits are realized. Depending upon the specific treatment, dietary or other bodywork approaches may be encouraged. The systemic nature of the body often means that we will integrate a variety of approaches during treatment.
Acupuncture is increasingly recognized by Western medicine as an effective treatment for stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, joint conditions, low back pain, and asthma as well as for the side effects of chemotherapy and nausea related to pregnancy. It can be used in conjunction with other alternative and conventional medical approaches for most pain-related conditions. There are many positive effects and very few negative side effects. We encourage you to consult with us and consider including acupuncture as part of your integrative medicine treatment plan.