Acupuncture recognizes the energy that flows through our bodies and is responsible for keeping us alive. This energy is called Qi (pronounced "chee"), circulates throughout the body along meridians or channels that were discovered thousands of years ago. When this energy flow is interrupted, pain, disharmony or illness occurs. The three major causes of interruption of the Qi are - Emotional Stress, Physical Stress and Chemical Stress. Acupuncture points are stimulated using very fine and thin needles with the intention of treating another root cause or weakness of the body, as well as the symptoms that are causing discomfort. We also provide Acupuncture treatment without needles by either a painless electrical stimulation, use of light or laser therapy, pressure or sources of gentle heat. And yes infants and children can get Acupuncture!
Chinese medicine is based on the belief that we live in a universe in which everything is interconnected. The language we use to describe the environment are the same words we use to describe what is happening inside the body i.e. dryness, heat, cold and dampness. Acupuncture helps to promote balance in these imbalances that occur in the body.
It usually takes a few treatments to start seeing changes in symptoms. Each patient's treatment needs are different. After 2-3 treatments you will sit with the doctor to determine a treatment plan that is appropriate and realistic to help your condition(s). The more chronic the condition the longer the care needed. Each person has customized needs.
How Does Acupuncture Work? Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones and endorphins, that influence the body's self-regulating systems and reduce pain. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture also has been documented for 1000's of years to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person's blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature are regulated. Pre-clinical studies have documented acupuncture's effects, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within the framework of the Western system of medicine. According to the NIH Consensus Statement on Acupuncture: Acupuncture is an effective and safe therapeutic intervention which is widely practiced in the United States and around the world.
Common ailments that are successfully treated with Acupuncture are: Immune challenges, pain, menstrual cramps, infertility, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back and neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, digestion issues, asthma, Bells Palsy, disc pain, sciatica, numbness, tingling, wrinkles from aging.
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