Acupuncture is an Eastern medical modality that involves the insertion
of fine, hair-thin needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture has
been used to treat illness for more than 5,000 years throughout Asia.
Currently, more than one third of the world's population seeks out acupuncture
treatments to help restore or maintain physical, emotional and mental health.
does Acupunture work?
According to the Eastern medical theory, energy called "Qi" flows
through an intricate network of channels found in the body. This energy
regulates physical, mental and emotional well-being.
Illness results when the flow of Qi is interrupted due to various causes, such
as physical injury, emotional trauma, stress or improper diet. Acupuncture aims
to regulate the flow of Qi to restore health.
Scientific studies suggest that acupuncture influences the autonomic nervous
system, the endocrine system, and neuro-chemical functioning. It can improve
overall circulation, reduce inflammation and has been proven particularly
effective in pain control.
Herbs work internally to regulate and balance the body's "Qi" or vital
energy. Herbs are dispensed in various forms including pills, capsules,
powders, and decoctions. Boiling raw herbs into a tea is considered to be the
strongest form and therefore has the greatest therapeutic effect
does Eastern Medicine differ?
Eastern medicine bases its roots in Eastern philosophy which is based
on natural laws and harmony and inter-relationship of all things in nature. For
this reason, Eastern medicine focuses on:
Treating the root cause of problem, not just symptoms
Regulating and balancing the patient's body constitution
he treatment is based on the discernment of differing patterns of disharmonies
that is associated with the disease or ailment.
should you expect during treatment?
Most patients find acupuncture treatments very relaxing, which brings
about a feeling of well-being. Many people are surprised at how comfortable
they feel during treatments and how easily the needles are inserted. The needle
insertion may bring about dull, achy or pulsing sensations around the location
of the needles. Eastern medicine associates these sensations with the body's
energy being summoned and realigned.
Number of treatments
Acute symptoms often respond to acupuncture in a few visits, whereas chronic cases often require
more. Because acupuncture involves highly individualized treatments, each case must be considered independently.
After a careful initial evaluation, a treatment is tailored for the specific needs of each patient.