Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been practiced for over thousands of years.

It has been used to treat a wide variety of health ailments. Acupuncture has been proven to be effective for smoking cessation and weight loss. It has even been shown to help infertility! Many disorders are treated with acupuncture and may include, but are not limited to: acute and chronic pains, fibromyalgia, post-surgery swelling or pain, menstrual cycle disorders, insomnia, as well as other pains within our whole body. Here are other known issues that are treated with acupuncture:

  • Neck, back, or joint pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • TMJ
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Foot Disorders
  • Morning Sickness
  • Stomach Disorders
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Liver and Renal Problems
  • Detoxification



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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, which is indicative of a patient’s tight muscles relaxing.
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 which influences the 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 muscles, the nerve fibers than transmit impulses to the spinal cord and activate centers in the central nervous system. This releases neurotransmitters and causes a reduction in pain.