Acupuncture is a well-known form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over 3,000 years. It has been used to treat a wide variety of health issues. Acupuncture has been proven to be effective for weight loss and to stop smoking! Common disorder treated with acupuncture may include, but are not limited to: osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, post-surgery swelling or pain, menstrual cycle dysfunctions, insomnia, and other pains, menstrual cycle dysfunctions, insomnia, and other pains within the entire body. Here is a list of common issues that are treated with acupuncture:
- Neck, back, or joint pain
- Acute or chronic pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Depression & anxiety
- Post surgical or acute swelling
- Morning sickness
- Menstrual cycle disorders
- Stomach disorders
- High blood pressure
- Smoking cessation
- appetite reduction
Needles: Acupuncture is performed using extremely thin needles that are solid, flexible and disposable. As the needle begins to work, the patient may experience a dull, achy, warm, numb or tingling feeling around the area of insertion. Rare side effects include dizziness, bruising, or light-headedness. Most patients feel heavy or sedated after treatment, indicating the relaxing of tight muscles.
Meridians: Meridians are specific pathways that are associated with internal organs and other physiological systems. The specific points used in acupuncture lie where meridians surface on the body and once needled can help redirect the flow of Qi where it is unbalanced, interrupted or insufficient.
Qi (chee): A person’s natural vital energy, influences physiological functioning of the body to promote the body’s ability to heal itself by flowing through channels called “meridians”. The practitioner can detect the imbalance of Qi by diagnosing energy flow, which is measured by examining pulse, the appearance of one’s tongue, medical history and tenderness along the meridian.
Pain Reduction: Acupuncture can be used to reduce pain. Acupuncture activates small nerve fibers in the muscle, the nerve fibers transmits impulses to the spinal cord and activate centers in the central nervous system, releasing neurotransmitters and a reduction in pain.
Acupuncture Treatments: Most treatments are recommended 2-4 times in 30-60 minute appointments.