What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture originated in Ancient China. It is the oldest continually practiced health system in the world, and is practiced today in almost every country.
To the traditional acupuncturist, the life energy that flows through the body is called ch’i or qi (pronounced chee). That energy flows in channels through the body like the rivers and streams do in nature. When the energy flows freely, health flourishes. When the energyis blocked, illness can occur. Or, you can think of it the other way around: when illness occurs, the energy is blocked.
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Illness, injury and even everyday stresses like deadlines and disappointments can disrupt the harmonious movement of energy. Stresses can compound over time, leading to symptoms later. If an underlying problem is not addressed, more serious problems can occur later. Treatment can ease current, chronic or acute conditions.
The acupuncturist is trained to recognize hundreds of precise points at which blockages can occur. Slender, sterile, one time use only, needles are inserted to stimulate these points and remove the blockages. By influencing the qi at these points, the practitioner encourages the body’s innate healing power to restore equilibrium to your whole being.
The traditional acupuncturist treats the whole person: body, mind and spirit. Each person represents a totally unique combination of influences; as a result, each person’s treatment is tailored just for them. In other words, five people coming in with a headache will probably receive five different treatments. In this way, you are treated as a whole person, not as a headache.
Conditions treated by acupuncture:
The effectiveness of acupuncture is well documented. The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization list some of the conditions that acupuncture has successfully treated or helped in facilitating healing:
Abdominal pain Digestive trouble Incontinence Osteoarthritis Sore throat
Addictions Dizziness-vertigo Indigestion Pain Tennis elbow
Allergies Dysentery Infertility Premenstrual syndrome Stroke recovery
Anxiety Emotional problems Insomnia Pneumonia Tonsillitis
Arthritis Eye problems Irregular menses Post-operative recovery Trigeminal neuralgia
Asthma Facial palsy and ticks Irritable bowel syndrome Reproductive problems Ulcers
Carpal tunnel syndrome Fatigue Low-back pain Rhinitis Urogenital
Chronic fatigue Fibromyalgia Menopausal syndrome Sciatica Urinary tract infections
Colitis Gastritis Menstrual irregularities Seasonal affective disorder Vomiting
Common flu or cold Gingivitis Migraine Skin disorders
Constipation Headache Morning sickness Shoulder pains
Dental pain Hiccup Nausea Sinusitis
Depression Hypertension Neuralgia Sleeping disturbance
Diarrhea Immune disorder Numbness Smoking