Acupuncture Information

Oriental Medicine is a physiologically based, comprehensive system of health care.  Dating back over 3,000 years in China, it has become widespread throughout Asia, Europe and now the United States.  It is a refined, complete, understandable and usable science.  Techniques of treatment and diagnosis are based on observations of how nature and the body work.  It is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of western medicine.

Techniques utilized in Oriental Medicine include Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Lifestyle Counseling, Heat Therapy using herbal Moxa, Oriental Body Work and Cupping, Exercise and Breathing techniques such as Qi Gong exercises.  These therapies work with our natural vital energy inherent within all living things, to enhance the body’s ability to heal itself.

Illness is a signal of an imbalance between internal factors such as diet, exercise and external factors such as weather, trauma, microbes, poisons and environment. Chinese Medicine not only treats the disease, but is also very helpful in the prevention of disharmony.  It treats the whole person whose imbalances have manifested in distress as the body strives to regain balance.

What is Acupuncture?

The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy present in all life forms and life processes.  They called this energy ‘Qi’. This vital energy provides us with the ability to talk, walk, think, dream and love.  It protects us against illness and disease and provides overall regulation of the entire body.  In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along channels in the body called ‘meridians’.  Disease occurs when there is a deficiency, blockage or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.  Acupuncture produces results by re-establishing balance and ensuring the continuous flow of Qi.

Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians.  Stimulation of these points affects the Qi passing through them.  This brings the body to balance and helps to control and regulate the circulation of blood and vital substances, influencing the central and peripheral nervous system.  Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus confirming the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancient scholars.

How effective is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is highly effective not only for treatment of symptoms but as a preventive medicine.  Evidence shows that it releases endorphins from the brain, which makes Acupuncture particularly effective in pain control.  It improves sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood; the functioning of the gastrointestinal system; and the activity of the endocrine system.  It increases blood circulation, lymph circulation, immune system response, and neuro-peptide release. Acupuncture strengthens and improves overall body function, enhances recuperative power and immunity, and enables one to regain and enjoy physical and emotional health.

Complementary to western medicine, Acupuncture may also be an alternative to dangerous medication.  It can often provide relief when western medicine may not.

What to expect?

Oriental Medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnoses, palpation of points and meridians, complete medical history and other signs and symptoms to create an Oriental Medical diagnosis.  A treatment plan is formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine may alleviate many conditions very rapidly.  However, some long-term conditions will be relieved with slow, steady progress.  It may be recommended that you receive treatment 1-3 times a week depending your condition.  The needles remain in place anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.  As in any form of healing, your attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will also affect the outcome of a course of treatment.  You are encouraged to actively participate in your healing process.

Acupuncture uses sterile, disposable needles that are very fine and flexible.  Unlike hypodermic needles used for injections, an Acupuncture needle is as thin as a human hair.
If you have anxiety or fear of Acupuncture needles from your experience with hypodermic needles, you will generally find Acupuncture needles to be very gentle with little or no discomfort.  You may experience a mild sense of heaviness, a warm tingling sensation or an electrical sensation traveling up the affected meridian.  These sensations are usually mild and subside very quickly.  Most patients find treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during them.

Oriental Medicine can treat….

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems including:

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders such ulcers   diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia, hemorrhoids and gastritis.
  • Urogenital Disorders including incontinence, urinary tract infections, impotence and sexual dysfunction.
  • Gynecological Disorders such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation; infertility in women and men; premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and vaginitis.
  • Birth and Postpartum including the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea and back pain.  It is also effective for adjusting fetal position and assisting mom to optimal health and balance at a critical time.
  • Respiratory Disorders such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, colds and flu.
  • Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, dizziness, sciatica, back pain, sprains, bursitis, tendonitis, neck pain, trigeminal neuralgia, stroke, cerebral palsy, and Bell’s palsy.
  • Circulatory Disorders such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, and anemia.
  • Emotional and Psychological Disorders including depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia.
  • Internal Disorders such as hypoglycemia and hepatitis.
  • Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
  • Addictions such as to alcohol, nicotine and drugs.
  • Supportive Therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders.