Traditional chinese medicine is an ancient form of healing, which incorporates
acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine, and tuina (therapeutic massage).
Acupuncture works on a subtle level to bring the body back into balance,
relieveing restrictions in the body, mind and spirit. Chinese herbs work to
strengthn, balance and energize all the bodily systems in order to function
in harmony with the environment.
Acupuncture and chinese herbs work together
to treat the whole person.
How does acupuncture work?
The classical chinese explanation is that there are channels of energy throughout
the body and along it's surface. These energy channels are called meridicans and
carry the body's qi or energy. When the meridians become obstructed this creates
an imbalance, stagnating the smooth flow of energy. Inserting fine hair thin needles
into points along it's pathway can access the meridians. The acupuncture needles aid
in re-establishing a smooth flow of energy along teh meridians. Once the energy flows
smoothly the body is better able to function in harmony with it's surroundings.
What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
The acupuncture needles are as thin as a hair on the head. They are usually made from stainless steal and are solid, unlike hypodermic needles. Each needle is sterilized and
used only once, to insure safe and clean treatments. All people experience acupuncture
differently. Most patients experience a small pricking sensation upon insertion
to no sensation at all.
What Medical conditions can it treat?
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained
practitioner it has a much wider scope. The World Health Organization recognizes the
use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions, including:
Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
Respitory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and recurrent lung infections.
Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial ticks, neck pain, neuritis, frozen shoulder,
tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture may also treat: urinary, menstrual and reproductive problems.