Acupuncture & Asian Medicine - what is it?
The theory and practice of acupuncture is based on a comprehensive natural health care system that has been used in Asia for thousands of years to preserve health and to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness.
The general theory is that proper physiological function and health depend on the circulation of nutrients, substances, and vital energy known as Qi (pronounced Chee) through a network of channels or meridians. This network connects every organ and part of the body, providing balance, regulation, and coordination of physiological processes.
Pain and ill health result when the flow of Qi through the body is disrupted or blocked. This can be caused by many things including disease, pathogens, trauma/injuries, and the side effects of medications, as well as lifestyle factors such as overwork, poor diet, emotions, lack of rest, and stress.
Stimulation of the appropriate acu-points through acupuncture treatments helps to restore sufficient, continuous, and even flow of Qi and other nutrients throughout the body, resoring health & balance to the body while relieveing pain and other symptoms.
The potential benefits of acupuncture are widely recognized, and it is steadily being integrated with mainstream health care. The risk of side effects from acupuncture is low and the potential benifits are high.
- exerpt from "A Consumer's Guide to Acupuncture & Asian Medicine
Health Conditions commonly treated with Acupuncture
• asthma, cold & flu, cough, bronchitis, vocal support
• allergies, rhinitis, sinusitis
• anxiety, depression, grief, stress, tension
• skin problems, facial beauty
• arthritis, joint problems, tendonitis, knee pain, carpal tunnel, TMJ
• back pain, sciatica, neck & shoulder pain
• musculoskeletal injuries, reetitive stress injuries
• bladder/kidney problems
• constipation, diarrhea, gastrointestinal disorders
• dizziness, headache, migraine
• drug/alcohol/smoking addictions
• fatigue, immune system deficiency, chemotherapy side effects
• heart problems, palpitations, high blood pressure
• gynocological disorders, PMS, fertility, menopausal discomfort
• pregnancy support, birthing support
• sexual dysfunction
• paralysis, numbness, stroke rehabilitation, facial paralysis
Your acupuncture treatment - what to expect
Allow 90 minutes for your intial exam & treatment. Asian medicine uses a detailed exchange of questions and answers to gain understanding not only of your present symptoms, but also to discern the underlying patterns of your constitution. Your treatent is as unique as you are.
This individualized treatment allows for whole body wellness. Instead of merely targeting disease, the acupuncturist also works to strengthen the body, calm the mind, and nourish deficiencies so that the body's own self-healing mechanisms are able to function to their fullest, inviting a state of health and balance that leads to greater everyday wellbeing.
Your treatment will involve the insertion of sterile needles at specific points on the body to improve circulation & nerve conduction, relieve muscle tension & pain, reduce inflammation & aid in the elimination of metabolic wastes. Super fine needles and a gentle technique results in a nearly painless insertion. You will then have 20-30 minutes of deep relaxation with soothing music, after which the needles are removed.
Depending on your condition, other therapies may be added including TDP heat, moxa, stationary or moving cupping, herbs, nurtrition, ear acupuncture, vibrational sound therapy, floral essences, electro-acupuncture, Qi Gong healing, or lifestyle suggestions. 6-12 treatments, once a week is typical, but may vary for acute or chronic conditions.
"Where the Mystery is the deepest is the gate of all that is subtle and wonderful."
- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching-