Acupuncture is a therapy rooted in traditional Chinese medicine that originated over 5,000 years ago.
It is based on the belief that people have a vital energy, called “Qi”, that circulates through twelve invisible energy channels known as “meridians” on the body. These energy channels are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues.
Each meridian is associated with a different organ system. Therefore, an imbalance in the flow of Qi throughout a meridian is how disease begins.
An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that, when backed up, causes stages of excess and deficiency in the body.
In modern medicine, acupuncture remains an effective therapy for a wide range of medical conditions. Modern practitioners believe that the meridians identified in traditional Chinese medicine align with key nerves and muscle tissues that are associated with chronic and acute pain and related conditions.
The Uses of Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatments can help the body’s internal organs correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities. In addition, it can aid in the circulation of energy through the meridians.
Our doctors recommend acupuncture treatments for conditions such as:
- Tension Headaches
- Common Cold
- Auto-Immune Disease
- Menstrual Cramps
- Neck/Back Pain
- Stress Relief
- Neurological Issues
Each treatment session is individually designed to address the patient’s needs.
What to Expect
Prior to starting a session, our doctors assess the patient’s health by taking their pulses and looking at their tongue patterns, both of which provide information on the internal function of the body.
During the treatment, our doctors insert needles into specific points along the patient’s meridian lines to unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow of Qi through the body.
Along with the usual method of puncturing the skin with fine needles, other mediums such as heat, pressure, suction, cupping or impulses of electromagnetic energy may be used to stimulate the acupuncture points.
An acupuncture session usually lasts around 60 minutes.