What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient science that is over 5,000 years old that began in China. As the basis of Acupuncture, Shen Nung theorized that the body had an energy force running throughout it. This energy force is known as Qi (roughly pronounced Chee). The Qi consists of all essential life activities which include the spiritual, emotional, mental and the physical aspects of life. A person's health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the body, in combination with the universal forces of Yin and Yang. If the flow of Qi is insufficient, unbalanced or interrupted, Yin and Yang become unbalanced, and illness may occur. Qi travels throughout the body along "Meridians" or special pathways. The Meridians are the same on both sides of the body. There are fourteen main meridians running vertically up and down the surface of the body. Out of these, there are twelve organ Meridians in each half of the body. The acupuncture points are specific locations where the Meridians come to the surface of the skin, and are easily accessible by "needling," Moxibustion, and Acupressure. The connections between them ensure that there is an even circulation of Qi, a balance between Yin and Yang. Energy constantly flows up and down these pathways. When pathways become obstructed, deficient, excessive, or just unbalanced, Yin and Yang are said to be thrown out of balance. This causes illness. Acupuncture is said to restore the balance.
Our office uses needles that are sterile and disposable. One of the most popular alternatives to Acupuncture is Acupressure. This is simply Acupuncture without needles. Stimulation of the Acupuncture points is performed with the fingers or an instrument with a hard ball shaped head.
Acupuncture can treat many conditions such as:
•Allergies •Adrenal Fatigue •Arthritis
•Asthma and bronchitis •Carpal tunnel •Common cold
•Depression •Fluid retention •Hay fever and sinus pressure
•Headache and migraine •High blood pressure •Hormone imbalance
•Infertility •Insomnia •Low back pain
•Menopause •Menstrual pain •Morning sickness
•Neck pain •Pain (general or joints) •Psoriasis
•Restless leg syndrome •TMJ syndrome •Thyroid disorder
•Wellness to maintain health
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will vary depending if your condition is acute or chronic. On average a person usually requires eight to sixteen treatments with a frequency of treatments being twice a week. Some patients notice an immediate improvement while others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth treatment. A small number of patients will experience a worsening of symptoms as the body’s Qi is returning to normal. It is followed by improvement so there is no need for alarm. For people with chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally a few additional treatments are needed to obtain relief once again. It’s advisable that people with chronic conditions return for booster treatments two to three times a year.
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