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What is Acupuncture?

What is Acupuncture ?

Traditional Oriental Medicine, which includes Acupuncture as well as Chinese herbal medicine, is one of the oldest forms of medicine in use today, and is regularly used by over a quarter of the worlds population

The practice of acupuncture is literally thousands of years old, and is based on a system of pathways in the body known as acupuncture "channels" or "meridians," which when manipulated can regulate and enhance health.  Acupuncture points are stimulated to affect these energetic pathways which can become blocked or imbalanced, causing pain, weakness, restricted motion, emotional or mental issues, and disease.  

             What Conditions Can Acupuncture Treat?

These are but a small sampling of the conditions acupuncture and herbal medicine can effectively treat:
  • Musculoskeletal  - Back, neck, and shoulder pain,  frozen shoulder,  TMJ,  sciatica,  sports injuries,  tennis elbow, osteoarthritis,  carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Ear, Nose, & Throat - Post tooth extraction pain,  earache,  sinusitis,  rhinitis,  laryngitis,  tinnitus, Meniere's disease

  • Respiratory & Circulatory Disorders - Common colds,  asthma, bronchitis,   allergies,  frequent colds, hypertension,  high cholesterol,  palpitations,  irregular heartbeats

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders - Nausea,  indigestion,  diarrhea,  constipation,  ulcers,  nervous stomach, irritable bowel syndrome,  acid reflux,  bloating

  • Women's Health & Urogenital Disorders - Menstrual irregularity,  PMS,  menstrual cramps,  fertility enhancement,  IVF & IUI Support,  fibroids, menopausal syndrome, cystitis, stress incontinence, urinary disorders

  • Emotional & Neurological Disorders - Depression, anxiety, PTSD, insomnia,  stress,  headaches,  migraines,  trigeminal neuralgia,  intercostal neuralgia,  post stroke paralysis,  dizziness 

  • Also.................nicotine & other addictions,  sugar cravings,  weight management, low energy, chronic fatigue,  immune system disorders,  fibromyalgia,  and so much more!


                 Is Acupuncture Safe?   Will it Hurt?

When practiced by a licensed practitioner,  acupuncture is very safe.  The needles that are used in each treatment are sterile, and never reused.  They are ultra thin for comfortable insertion. Licensed professionals are trained extensively in safety and precautions of needle insertion, and are certified in the proper handling and disposal of the needles.

Serious side effects from acupuncture and herbal remedies are considered rare.

Many people find acupuncture to be a very pleasant and relaxing experience,  and most people feel little if any discomfort or pain during a treatment.  Common sensations you may experience around the needle site may include:  

            Heaviness or distention
            A sore & achy feeling
            Tingling sensations

These sensations are considered normal and even desirable, and basically mean we've hit the right spot!

                 Other Modalities of Treatment

In addition to Acupuncture, other techniques or modalities of Oriental Medicine may be utilized in your treatment plan such as:    

Cupping - Use of suction created in a glass or plastic cup to increase circulation and draw out stagnation.

Moxibustion -
igniting of a special herb called 'Mugwort' on acupuncture points for warming and tonification therapy.

Electro-stimulation -
low voltage electricity used to stimulate acupuncture points. Often used in pain syndromes.

Tui na -
Chinese bodywork & massage

Herbal remedies* - raw herbs, granular
teas, concentrated herbal extracts and pills, or externally applied liniments may be utilized or prescribed. Please see the "Herbal Remedies" page for more information about Chinese herbs.

Gua Sha - painless scraping of the skin with a smooth instrument [usually a piece of Jade] to draw out stagnation.

Diet & lifestyle recommendations
- Some recommendations that may be discussed are eating and exercising according to the seasons and consumption or avoidance of certain foods to correct specific imbalances present, as well as to optimize your body's constitution. Certain Tai Chi, or Qi Gong exercises may be suggested as well.

* Please note there is an additional fee for custom herbal formulations, and a variable charge [depending on the formulation] for any herbal remedy that may be dispensed to you.

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