Acupuncture has been used as a health care modality for over 3,000 years. It is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to re-establishing balance in the body through promoting circulation and relaxing muscles.
Acupuncture works by using needles to access the Qi (pronounced “chee”) or vital energy at acupoints, and manipulating that energy in specific ways. One can either supplement, drain, or move the Qi in order to restore the proper flow of energy through the meridians (pathways for Qi) in the body. Meridians are similar to rivers or little energy highways in the body. They are all interconnected and correspond to specific organ systems and flow in designated directions. Whenever Qi is stuck in a specific area, something happens like a logjam in a river or a traffic jam on a highway, and that part of the body will react, becoming painful or manifesting signs of pathology in an area associated with its correspondent organ system. Similarly, when there is not enough Qi flowing in a certain meridian, symptoms such as weakness and fatigue may occur, signaling that not enough nourishment is being circulated to all or part of the body. Or if the energy goes the wrong way in a meridian, like an errant car traveling the wrong way down a one way street, other types of imbalance will arise.
Although the thought of needles invokes fear in some, the procedure is relatively painless and highly relaxing. Only factory sterilized, single use needles are utilized. The needles are flexible and about as thin as a human hair. Believe it or not, but many patients actually fall asleep on the table while the needles are in.
Conditions Acupuncture Treats
Clinical studies indicate that acupuncture is effective in treating headache, dysmenorrhea, fibromyalgia, stroke, substance abuse, menopause, depression, female infertility, neck pain, low back pain, osteoarthritis, morning sickness, respiratory disease, urinary dysfunction, tennis elbow and facial pain.