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What is Acupuncture?

    With over a 3000 year history, acupuncture is a complete and all natural system of healing that was developed in what is known as China today.  This system of healing involved the stimulation of specific points (acu-points) on the body through various means.  In modern times, acupuncture is most notably known for stimulating these acupoints by the insertion of hair-thin, solid, sterilized, one-time use only needles.  The acupoints are very specific points on the body often only a few millimeters in diameter that influence their corresponding meridian.  A meridian is an Electro-Magnetic channel of energy that goes through your entire body connecting all of your systems together including your mind and body.  By inserting needles we can influence the flow of electro magnetic energy known as Qi / Chi /Ki in order to harmonize it alleviating health issues such as pain.  

 

Acupuncture doesn’t always just include needles, many acupuncturist are taught how to use the burning of herbs (moxabustion) either on the handle of the needle or placed directly on the skin in order to provide heat stimulation to the acu-points. Gua sha, a system that involves the massage of the tissue with a specific tool is used to rid the body of toxins. Cupping which is the adhesion of a cup to an area of the body where suction of the skin draws out the toxins. Acupressure or manual pressure of the acu-points using hands and elbows is also used.  Sometimes press balls or seeds which are often taped to the acu-point and left on the body for several days in order to prolong stimulation of the acu-point may be used.  And finally energetic stimulation may be used called Wei-gong, or often referred to as Reiki which involves very light touch or even distant 'hands-off' methods.  

 

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is traditionally described as an all natural, drug free, and energetically based healing system influencing the electro-magnetic lines on your body known as ‘meridians’ that course through the entire body.  There are 12 major meridians and 8 extraordinary meridians as well as many other minor meridians in your body.  The major meridians interconnect all of your major organs, muscles, lymphatic, circulatory, psychological, immune and other systems together.  The points are able to be accessed through your skin where the meridians come to the surface.

More often than not our vital life energy (Qi) flow is impeded by either physical trauma, repetitive postures such as sitting in front of the computer for too long, or through psychological difficulties such as overthinking, carrying too much anger, and too much sadness.  Stress itself is also a major cause of impedance to our Qi flow. When this Qi flow is impeded, then stagnation results and illness begins in the body such as pain, fatigue, insomnia and other issues. By inserting these hair-thin needles almost painlessly in the body, the Qi flow is once again able to flow again resulting in increased physical and mental health.  Acupuncture utilizes it’s own unique system of diagnosis independent of Allopathic medicine however most Licensed practitioners are required to have some training in Western Medicine in order to bridge these ancient concepts into the modern world.

 

Benefits

Acupuncture promotes the body’s own natural ability to heal and so many conditions are often treated effectively by the use of acupuncture.  Research in the modern world is validating this ancient art as not only one that has little side effects, but one that is effective. Acupuncture has many analgesic effects on the body due to it’s ability to reduce inflammation and to release endorphins.  Mentally most people feel extremely relaxed during and after their acupuncture sessions and often fall into either a semi-sleep state or a full deep sleep. For those people who feel stressed, acupuncture is a superb form of de-stressing the body and mind and can elucidate feelings of great relaxation, peace, and serenity.

 

Acupuncture FAQ

 

Question: What kind of conditions should I seek acupuncture treatment?

Answer: An acupuncturist may be consulted for specific symptoms and conditions such as pain, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, migraine, menstrual disorders, intestinal disorders, addiction and a plethora of other conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the above conditions and many more as being responsive to acupuncture treatment.

 

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis

  • Neuralgia

  • Sciatica

  • Back Pain

  • Neck Pain

  • Bursitis

  • Tendonitis

  • Stiff Neck

  • Bell’s Palsy

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Stroke

  • Post Polio symptoms

  • Sprains

  • Muscle Spasms

 

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis

  • Chronic Sore Throat

  • Hay Fever

  • Dizziness

 

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Angina Pectoris

 

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Spastic colon

  • Colitis

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Ulcers

  • Gastritis

  • Abdominal Bloating

 

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation

  • Endometriosis

  • Menopause

  • Fibroids

  • Chronic Bladder Infection

  • Complications in Pregnancy

  • Morning Sickness

  • Infertility in Men and Women

  • Sexual Dysfunction

 

Immune Disorders

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • HIV and AIDS symptoms

  • Epstein Barr Virus

  • Allergies

  • Lupus

  • MS symptoms

  • Hepatitis symptoms

 

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Depression

  • Stress

 

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma

  • Emphysema

  • Chronic Bronchitis

 

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects

  • May help regulate Diabetes

  • Some Dermatological Disorders

 

 

There has been extensive practice and research that has evidenced that acupuncture is effective in helping patients with many of the conditions listed by WHO as well as many others. It does more than simply relieve the symptoms. The aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole patient and restore balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual. Many people also have acupuncture as a preventative treatment, which is the most important benefit of this medicine.

 

Question: How many treatments will I need?

Answer: Usually, a series of treatments are necessary to resolve a condition, however some conditions improve more rapidly than others based on circumstances.  Each case and condition is treated individually. A consultation is required to determine whether your specific condition may be treated with acupuncture and how long it may take to get better.

 

Question:  How long are sessions?

Answer: Treatments can be between 30 to 60 minutes in length with the first consultation usually lasting longer. It is best to consult with Scott  for more details about your specific treatment plan.

Question: Does acupuncture treatment hurt?

Answer: Most patients have stated that there is little or no pain as very fine, sterile, disposable needles are used.

Question: Can children be treated with acupuncture?

Answer: Children of all ages are treated and respond well to acupuncture and Chinese herbal treatment. In addition, young children who are apprehensive of the use of acupuncture needles may be treated without needles using Asian bodywork and/or electrical probes.

Question: Should I consult with my physician regarding getting acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatment?

Answer: Please inform your physician about any treatment that you are seeking and it is also very important to have a list of medications and supplements that you are taking available during your first consultation with your acupuncturist. Some physicians will also refer acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners to patients.

Question: Will acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatment be covered through my insurance?

Answer: Many insurance companies cover acupuncture treatment by a licensed acupuncturist. In addition, a majority of flexible accounting spending plans will cover acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatment. We will give a complementary insurance check to your insurance company.  Please provide us with your current insurance policy numbers and date of birth so that we may provide you with an accurate benefits check.

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