Several thousand years old, Acupuncture is based upon a concept of circulating body energy. During treatment, specific body areas are stimulated with fine needles to strengthen and balance energy flow and create a specific physical or emotional benefit. In addition to finding relief from specific symptoms, patients usually experience a greater sense of well-being and vitality. Acupuncture needles are sterile, safe and are disposed of after a single use. Treatments are virtually painless. For more information regarding treatment and fundamental concepts about Acupuncture, choose the link What to Expect.
From the viewpoint of modern medicine, the principle action of Acupuncture (and of moxibustion – the application of heat and herbs) is to regulate the function of the human body and to increase its resistance by enhancing the immune system of the body. In the past twenty-five years, extensive scientific evaluation of Acupuncture has consistently demonstrated statistically significant effects upon a wide variety of physiological parameters.
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for nearly four dozen common conditions, including: neuromusculoskeletal disorders such as arthritis, insomnia, and dizziness, as well as neck, shoulder, and back pain; emotional disorders such as anxiety, stress, and depression; circulatory disorders such as hypertension, angina, and anemia; respiratory disorders such as allergies, asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis; and gastrointestinal disorders such as nausea, indigestion, chronic diarrhea, constipation, gastritis, and ulcers.
Although Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are powerful healing tools, acute, life threatening conditions are best handled by Western medical doctors. Routine health problems and chronic conditions often benefit from Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs. Both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine have their respective strengths and weaknesses, which is why in modern China, the two systems are used together. When appropriately combined, the patient is well served.
Proper diet and exercise, meditation, Acupuncture and the careful prescription of herbs can prevent disease, restore the body’s proper balance and aid one in maintaining optimum health.