About Acupuncture

An ancient art of healing

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Thousands of years ago, the first pioneers of Chinese medicine had no way of knowing, that one day, their discoveries of the human body would treat people around the globe. Today, these ancient techniques treat a vast range of ailments. For those seeking a natural approach to healing, acupuncture offers a safe and effective means for a wide variety of health problems. A national health survey found that more than eight million U.S. adults have used acupuncture for relief of their aches and pains.

AboutAcuppgpix_1Most patients feel very relaxed during and following their treatments. Due to the tremendous healing powers of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, more and more people receive treatments for preventative measures in addition to treating current ailments.

How Does It Work?

One of the reasons for the high success rate of acupuncture and Chinese medicine is due to the fact that it treats the root of the problem. Unlike many approaches which only mask the pain or symptoms of the illness, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats the cause of the condition. Patients also enjoy the many positive side benefits of Chinese Medicine. For example, someone being treated for sinus problems may also find they have more energy and improved sleep. This is because acupuncture allows the body to restore a balanced state.

 

Surprised by the tremendous results, patients often ask, how does it work? Patients aren't the only ones asking. Researchers at leading medical institutions such as Harvard University and the National Institute of Health have conducted studies to determine the reasons behind the results. While most studies agree upon the healing benefits, there's not a conclusive agreement on "how" it works. One western theory is that the insertion of needles causes the central nervous system to release endorphins, a natural chemical which fights pain and promotes healing.

  

Most people who benefit from the healing effects of acupuncture are not worried about how it works; they simply embrace the amazing results. However, the Far East theory behind acupuncture has been around for thousands of years.

 

There are 12 pathways of energy, known as meridians, which run along the human body. Each meridian has a number of pressure points which support different areas of the body. After thousands of years, practitioners of Chinese medicine have discovered the various pressure points, and their healing benefits when stimulated.

 

There are thousands of pressure points on the body. Many patients are surprised to learn that there are over two hundred pressure points in the ears alone. In fact, some acupuncturists treat patients primarily with points in the ears.

 

Other Procedures of Chinese Medicine

Needles are only a part of Chinese medicine. Practitioners of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) use procedures such as moxabustion, cupping, and electrical stimulation to promote quicker healing.

 

aboutacuppgmoxapixMOXABUSTION: A procedure called moxabustion is often used in conjunction with the needle treatment. During moxabustion an herbal stick is used to heat the needles. This gives additional stimulation to the pressure points allowing the patient to heal more quickly. Most patients find this procedure very soothing.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutacuppgcuppingCUPPING: Suction cups are often used for a procedure called, cupping, to promote better circulation to a particular area. When these round cups are placed on the skin, it will help bring new blood flow to the area in addition to freeing the meridian of any blocked energy. Sometimes patients will experience slight redness or bruising from this procedure. This is normal and will clear up within 3 to 5 days. Primarily used for pain conditions, patients will usually see a significant improvement with this procedure.

 

 

 

 

 

aboutacuppgelectstimELECTRICAL STIMULATION: Tens units are often hooked up to some of the needles on key pressure points for additional stimulation. The electrical stimulation units are much like the ones used by physical therapists. In addition to stimulating the pressure points, the units help the body to produce more endorphins, a natural chemical which fights pain and promotes better health.

 

 

 

 

 

HERBAL BEADS: For certain conditions, the practitioner may tape herbal beads on pressure points in the ears. This allows patients to stimulate the pressure points between sessions by applying pressure to the beads. The herbal beads are most commonly used to assist patients in weight loss and overcoming addictions.

 

Conditions Treated<

The Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic has successfully treated these and other conditions:

- Neck and Back Pain

- Knee Pain

- TMJ

- Arthritis

- Headaches/Migraines

- Depression

- Digestive Disorders

- Skin Conditions

- Infertility

- Fibromyalgia

- Addictions

- Weight Loss

- Sleep Disorders

- Anxiety

- Bladder Conditions

- Kidney Stones

- Carpal Tunnel

- Bells Palsy

- Respiratory Conditions

- Sinus/Allergies

- Neuropathy

- Shingles

- Cancer

- Lupus

- Menopause/Hot Flashes

- Female Disorders

- Erectile Dysfunction

- Strokes

 

While these are the primary conditions treated at the Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic, acupuncture can benefit many others. To learn how acupuncture can help with your condition, or to help maintain good health, contact our office for a free consultation.

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