Acupuncture Information

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe, effective and drug-free therapies that can help address a wide variety of common ailments and problems. For more information about acupuncture, see the list of common questions below.
Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment. It is along with herbal medicine one of the primary treatment modalities which form the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As such, acupuncture has been used to treat and maintain health for over 2000 years.

Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this non-invasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.

Acupuncture promotes balanced health and well-being, it may be used for either acute or chronic health problems, it may also be used to prevent illness and maintain good health. It can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health, and improve overall function and well-being. It is a safe, painless and effective way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

This is achieved by stimulating the acupuncture points on the surface of the body, which in turn correct and regulate internal organ function.
Ancient Chinese theory and philosophy tells us that good health is dependent on maintaining the balance of the body’s vital energy, referred to as Qi (pronounced “chee”). When there is an abundance of Qi flowing freely throughout the body we experience optimum health.

At the core of this ancient medicine is the theory of Qi or vital energy, which flows throughout the body. Qi is the motive force within the body and protects it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the balance, flow, quality, and quantity of Qi.
Qi flows through specific pathways called meridians. There are fourteen main meridians in the body. Each of these is connected to specific organs.

Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. Where a river flows, it transports life-giving water that provides nourishment to the land, plants and people. Similarly, where meridian pathways flow, they bring life-giving Qi that provides nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue and muscle in the body.

An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes restricted in other parts. This blockage of the flow of Qi can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital nourishment to the body, organs and glands.

Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or excessive activity are among the many things that can influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness, pain, or disease can set in.

During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.

Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances of Qi that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.

Once the imbalances of Qi are detected, an acupuncturist will place fine, sterile needles at specific points along meridian pathways. This safe and painless insertion of the needles can unblock the obstruction and balance Qi where it has become unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This can eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as the body’s ability to heal itself—ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.

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