Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that exists in all things. It is believed that our bodies have meridians or channels in which the Qi circulates. If the flow of Qi is disrupted, the bodys natural functioning is impaired resulting in pain and/or disease. Acupuncture is the practice of clearing these energetic channels.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the primary tools that a practitioner of Chinese medicine uses to restore balance, alleviate pain and prevent disease. One way an acupuncturist helps to restore balance is by inserting disposable, sterile needles into certain points (called acupuncture points) along the meridians.
Acupuncture works best in a series of sessions. The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative as each treatment builds on the last. During your first appointment with our acupuncturist, Gail, she will go over your health history, symptoms and complaints and design a personal treatment plan to address your current health issues. The first session is typically 1 ½ hours and each consecutive session is one hour long.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
TCM includes acupuncture, moxabustion (using an herb called mugwart on the acupuncture points), dietary recommendations, tuina, cupping and guasha – just to name a few modalities.
Traditional Chinese medicine helps to restore balance, alleviate pain and prevent disease by clearing the energetic channels of the body.
What's The "Point"
Acupuncture works by bringing the body back into balance. When an acupuncture point is stimulated it has an effect on the body’s nervous system which brings blood and energy to the “diseased” area so the area can begin to heal.
Kids and Acupuncture
Chinese Medicine is very effective in treating a variety of pediatric disorders, and there are many non-needle techniques that can be used to treat both children and adults.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture works by bringing the body back into balance. Each acupuncture point has its own functions and indications. When an acupuncture point is stimulated it has an effect on the body’s nervous system which brings blood and energy to the “diseased” area so the area can begin to heal. With pain often times these effects are immediate. More chronic, long-term conditions will take longer to heal whereas acute conditions heal faster.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a safe and effective modality for treating many disorders and diseases. Some of these include:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Many patients experience improved sleep, increased energy and less stress as a side-effect of acupuncture. More chronic, long-term conditions will take longer to heal whereas acute conditions will heal faster. Chinese Medicine is very effective in treating a variety of pediatric disorders including allergies, digestive issues, emotional imbalances, skin conditions, etc. There are many non-needle techniques that can be used to treat both children and adults.
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