Acupuncture

Acupuncture encourages wellness in the body, promotes the natural healing process, and improves all body functions. Acupuncture is a modality of Traditional Chinese medicine that includes the procedure of inserting and manipulating very thin, flexible, sterile, single use needles. The starting point of acupuncture is unclear, with conflicting narratives stating that the practice of acupuncture is between 2000 to 5000 years old. The needles are inserted at acupuncture points along energy channels within the body or at points of pain, known as ashi points.

These channels, otherwise known as meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to nourish the tissues. When the channels become obstructed, like a dam in the river, pain generally arises, as well as other potential issues such as nausea or constipation. There are twelve main meridians named after the major organs of the body: lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, urinary bladder, kidney, pericardium, san jiao (aka triple heater), gall bladder and liver. (San Jiao is not a physical organ in the body but rather represents a regulation system for movement, transformation and temperature in the body.) These channels run either from the chest to the hands, hands to the head, head to the feet, or feet to the chest. They also connect with each other through various internal channels.

Within acupuncture, additional forms of stimulation are incorporated including heat, herbs, electricity and magnets. Magnets are generally used for people who are very sensitive to the needles. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of disorders, diseases, and symptoms, as well as simply promote and maintain well being. Here is a list of a few general things that acupuncture can treat: chronic or acute pain, neurological disorders, upper respiratory disorders, urinary or reproductive disorders, digestive disorders, immune function disorders, addiction, depression, anxiety, eye, ear, nose and throat disorders. There are many studies that suggest that acupuncture has been proven to be effective for the treatment of several conditions especially pain. Acupuncture creates balance in the body by freeing up areas of congestion and bringing nourishment to areas that are deplete.

What can acupuncture treat?

The most common ailments presented to an acupuncturist tend to be pain related conditions. For example; arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions including:

(This is by no means a complete list of what Acupuncture and TCM can treat.)

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears / Tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Chest Pain / Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic colon
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Stomach Ache / Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Addiction

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Immune Disorders

  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hepatitis

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Irritability

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control