Acupuncture

Acupuncture is used today

by people from all walks of life, from weekend and professional athletes for sports injuries and enhanced performance, to women and men with fertility issues, to everyday people for stress relief and to live longer, stronger.

The basic foundation of Chinese medicine is the concept of qi.  Qi is the life energy that runs through your body through channels, called meridians.  Each meridian is associated with many different natural elements, including a bodily organ, a season of the year, even different body tissues and emotions.

At every acupuncture session, your acupuncturist evaluates the flow of each meridian and selects specific acupuncture points to stimulate.  This helps balance your qi, increase your energy and vitality and relieve symptoms of disease and pain.

Acupuncture

is a safe, natural, and effective type of complementary health care.  It works on its own, or in conjunction with your Western medical care.

Acupuncture can relieve a range of disorders and medical conditions, including:

  • Pain
    • Acute or chronic
    • Arthritis pain
    • Joint pain
    • Sports injuries
    • Surgery recovery
  • Allergies, hay fever, and respiratory conditions
  • Anxiety, depression, and mental health challenges
  • Cardiovascular issues
    • Irregular heartbeat
    • High or low blood pressure
  • Digestive issues, both acute and chronic
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Low energy
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stress & emotional imbalance
  • Women’s health issues

Benefits

  • Effectively treats a wide variety of symptoms and ailments

    Including both acute pain and chronic conditions, as well as mental health and stress issues

  • Reaches the root cause of illness and disease

    Doesn’t just treat symptoms, as many remedies do

  • Maintains optimal health and wellbeing

    Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is truly “Preventive Care”

  • Offers drug free pain relief

    Patients usually find relief during the first session

  • Addresses body-mind-emotion connections

    This is what makes acupuncture and Chinese Medicine so effective in treating stress-related and chronic conditions

The Briefest History of Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used by billions of people over thousands of years for health care.

Healing tools have been found in China’s fossil record.  The earliest era, the Old Stone Age (10,000 years ago), used primitive knives for medical procedures.  After that, in the New Stone Age (4,000 years ago), finer needles were crafted and used for healing.

The first known use of needles in acupuncture were used to treat illness as early as 600BCE.  This makes the practice of acupuncture more than 2,600 years old.  The use of Chinese Medicine as a healing practice has risen and fallen over the centuries.

Chinese Medicine found a revival in China during Chairman Mao’s Cultural Revolution of the 1950s.  Since then, Chinese Medicine and acupuncture has quietly found its way into the West, where it has grown steadily as an adjunct to- or even a replacement for- Western styles of treatment.

Acupuncture FAQ

Q: What does it feel like? Do the needles hurt?

A: Acupuncture needles are not the needles in your doctor’s office!  They are thinner than a human hair, and 1/4 the size of a hypodermic syringe that you’d find in your doctor’s office.  Some acupuncture needles are so small, they can be tied into a knot!

Most people report no pain with needle insertion.  Some acupuncture points may be more tender than others, but that has more to do with the treatment you need, than with the needles themselves.

Q: Is it safe for children?

A: In small children, acupuncture points are stimulated with finger pressure (called acupressure), or with small tools.  By the age of 10, most children used to acupressure are ready for their first needle.

Q: I’ve never had acupuncture. What is a treatment like?

A: Your first session, and subsequent sessions, are slightly different.  At a first session, your acupuncturist spends some time learning your health history.  After that, sessions are similar.

Then, your acupuncturist evaluates the energy flowing through your meridians and creates a treatment plan for that day.  Your acupuncturist may set anywhere from eight to 15 needles.  You can always let your acupuncturist know if you need a needle re-set or removed!  After you are comfortable, the acupuncturist will leave the room and you will have a bit of time to yourself to rest, relax.  You may feel the energy moving through you in a way you may never have felt before.  You could even fall asleep!  If you are nervous, you may ask the acupuncturist to stay in the room, but acupuncture is so comfortable that this is rarely requested.