What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. It is a safe and effective natural medicine. It is based on the principle of Qi or vital energy. Your Qi flows through meridians or channels in your body. When your Qi is ‘blocked’ or not flowing properly then imbalance/pain/or illness may occur. Acupuncture uses your own body’s energy to heal itself and allow your Qi to flow properly through the channels. Acupuncture is the practice of placing very fine needles into the skin at specific anatomical locations or acupuncture points. They are retained for enough time for your Qi to circulate and pick up the ‘signal’ of the acupuncture point.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Since 1979, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized acupuncture as an appropriate treatment for a variety of conditions, including:
Digestive and Urinary Problems Constipation, Diarrhea, Incontinence, Irritable Bowel, Nausea, Stomach pain
Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Insomnia, Stress
Arthritis, Carpal tunnel and Repetitive strain, Facial and Dental pain, Fibromyalgia, Headaches and Migraines, Muscle pain, Nerve pain, Sciatica, Sprains
Allergies, Asthma, Frequent colds, Sinus congestion
Hot flashes, Infertility, Morning sickness, PMS, Painful or irregular menstruation
Dizziness, Eye problems, Fatigue, Smoking cessation, Weight support
Acupuncture can be used as a preventative treatment to maintain balance, reduce stress, improve sleep, boost immunity and to increase circulation.
What can I expect from my visit?
Your visit will begin with a consultation to review your health history, areas of concern, and your general health. Your Chinese pulse (on your wrist) and your tongue will be quickly examined to gather more information. This will help to determine which acupuncture points or other treatments will be most useful for your condition. Then you will be given a suggested number of treatments needed for you to start seeing positive changes.
Treatments last approximately one hour where you will rest comfortably with the needles. Most folks take a nap while the needles are retained finding the treatment to be deeply relaxing. Acupuncture needles are sterile and disposable (one use only). Some ‘Qi’ sensations around or near the needle might be felt, for instance very mild tingling, itching, heaviness, or warmth. Many feel calm or energized after an acupuncture treatment.