Acupuncture

Acupuncture is among the oldest natural medicine still used today. It has been practiced for thousands of years. Chinese culture documents 3,000 years of using acupuncture as a therapeutic method. European history of acupuncture use may be even older. A 5,300 year old man’s body was found in the Italian Alps with what appears to be tattoos tracing meridians and acupuncture points still recognized today. According to the philosophy of traditional acupuncture, energy circulates in ’meridians’ located throughout the body. When something disrupts meridian energy circulation, pain or illness results. The way to restore energy circulation, health, and balance, is to stimulate the appropriate combination of the estimated 400 traditional meridian acupuncture points in the body, generally by using fine stainless steel needles. In some cases a small electrical impulse is added to the needles.

An acupuncture treatment consists of insertion of tiny, hair-thin needles into specific acupuncture points along the meridians. No, it does not hurt. A person may feel a slight pinch as the needle goes in, but the most common reported sensation is a tingling or feeling of warmth.

After an acupuncture appointment, most patients report an overall feeling of wellbeing and positive outlook.

Benefits of Acupuncture

  • Drug-free pain relief
  • Low risk, minimal side effects
  • Treats the cause as well as symptoms

 

Clear scientific evidence supports the use of acupuncture for the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Infertility
  • Nausea, including pregnancy and Chemotherapy related
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Stress Management including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Neuropathy
  • Side effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation
  • Addiction Recovery

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