What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a 5,000-year-old healing art. The Chinese believe that health is balance both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. The key to this equilibrium is that the body is internally balanced, meaning the blood and energy are flowing smoothly, and in harmony with the external environment. This energy is referred to as Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi can be viewed as the animation or life force that differentiates between living and non-living.
Qi flows through the body in river-like pathways that are called meridians. When there is blockage of the flow of Qi or Blood along these meridians it creates an imbalance and illness results. Unblock it and the illness is resolved. Acupuncture promotes healing in the body by stimulating specific points and using the body’s own mechanisms for healing by directing and re-establishing flow through the meridians and organs. Since the body is healing itself acupuncture does not produce adverse effects, as do many drug therapies.
Acupuncture is just one branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Other branches include herbs, dietary guidelines and exercise such as Tai Qi. Chinese Medicine encompasses a complex set of interactions within the body and with the outside environment. In TCM, we look at the entire individual to form an overall health picture.
What can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture treatments are commonly sought after for pain management but it provides much more than pain relief. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recognized over 100 conditions that can effectively be treated by acupuncture. These conditions include but are not limited to:
This is just a sampling of what acupuncture can help with. Just ask us if you have questions about specific conditions!
Acute & Chronic Pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Low Back Pain
Malposition of Fetus
Nausea & Vomiting
Rhinitis & Sinusitis
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Urinary Tract Infection
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