Acupuncture is a medical practice developed over a millennia ago in China. It is the process of using needles to stimulate the body to treat the patient’s pain and health conditions.
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that good health is the product of balance and harmony - the "yin" and "yang" - of the life force known as "qi” (pronounced “chi"). Illness and poor health are believed to be the consequence of an imbalance of these energy forces.
Energy - Qi - flows through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These pathways are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the human body. Acupuncture stimulates points on or under the skin called acupuncture or acupressure points. These points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activation of the body's natural painkillers.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, boosting immunity, supporting emotional health, and improving overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless, holistic, and effective way to treat a wide variety of issues.
Acupuncture is most commonly sought after by patients suffering from chronic or acute pain. Injuries, disease or repetitious movements from work bring people to acupuncture.
Acupuncture is also commonly used for fertility patients. Studies indicate that acupuncture increases the effectiveness of many common drugs that are taken to increase fertility by naturally increasing the hormone levels in the body. It is also a commonly used treatment for women suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
In addition to patients with pain and fertility issues, acupuncture is also used for patients suffering from PTSD, depression and day to day stress management.
Acupuncture practitioners have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.
During the initial visit/exam, the patient will meet with the Dr. to provide a full health history. The Dr. will be making notes and gathering information to diagnose and detect any specific Qi imbalances that may be contributing to a person’s health problems.
Once the imbalances are detected, the Dr. will place fine, sterile needles at specific acupoints along the meridian pathways that correspond with the patient’s needs. The procedure is safe and painless.
Acupuncture is an effective and drug-free therapy that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems.
"Everyone created a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. The doctor and staff were professional and informative. The result was a truly pleasurable doctor visit. Very unusual these days!" — Sharon F.
A positive response to acupuncture treatments is generally seen after the first to fourth treatment. If you are being treated for a menstrual problem or infertility, give the treatments three menstrual cycles for your body to respond.
Appointments can be scheduled further and further apart after you have achieved optimal response.
This depends on what you are being treated for and your practitioner. It is common for treatments to be scheduled one or two times a week in the beginning to obtain an optimal response and then once every other week after that. If you are not able to schedule appointments that frequently, your acupuncturist may prescribe herbs, dietary changes, exercises or pressure points for you to use at home.
Acupuncture is also often used as a preventative medicine. Many people see their acupuncturist only 2-4 times a year for a "tune-up" or "balancing" treatment. This can prevent disease and promote health, energy, and vitality.
Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. (They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle.)
While some people feel nothing at all, others experience a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin that can be followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling, numbness, traveling warmth, or heaviness. The needles are left in place for twenty to forty minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.
It is important to let your acupuncturist know immediately if you feel any discomfort. If you are sensitive to acupuncture or ‘needle-phobic’, let the Dr. know. Let the practitioner know how you are feeling!
Acupuncture points are located on or near the surface of the skin. Needles are usually inserted 1/4 in depth. Depth of insertion will depend on nature of the condition being treated, the patients' size, age, and constitution.
Yes. For instance; there is a great acupuncture point for sciatica that is located on the buttocks. The needle is usually inserted three to four inches.