Recently, the scientific community has recognized that human beings are comprised of complex energetic systems. This has been the foundation of acupuncture for several thousand years.
Chinese medical theory is based on the concept of “qi” or, as some call it, life force or vital energy. The qi circulates throughout the body through specific pathways called meridians.
There are twelve principle meridians, each connecting with a major organ system. Along the meridians are acupuncture points at which the flow of qi is most accessible. Well being is achieved by these meridians having free flow of energy.
When the flow of energy is disturbed for any reason, there is pain or illness. Stimulation of acupuncture points influences the flow of qi and brings the body back to a state of balance.
Scientific research has shown that acupuncture triggers the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. It has also been shown to positively affect the endocrine and nervous systems, helping the body achieve physical and emotional well being.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When practiced by a licensed, trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is extremely safe. Only sterile, disposable thread-like needles are used.
What are the Benefits of Acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive system of preventive health care. Since acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing ability, most conditions can be improved or corrected.
The advantages of acupuncture go beyond the conception that it is only used for chronic pain management or as an analgesic.
How Many Treatments Will I Need
The number and frequency of treatments will vary from patient to patient since everyone is unique in their health care needs.
Some symptoms may be relieved after the first visit, while others may take five to ten treatments.
When a specific issue is being addressed, you may be advised to visit the acupuncturist once or twice a week and then gradually reduce the frequency to once or twice a month.
To simply maintain good health, you may want to make your appointments to coincide with the changes in nature’s cycle: spring, fall, winter & summer.
What Conditions are Treated By Traditional Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese Medicine restores physiological balance to the body and treats many conditions.
The National Institute of Health and the World Health Organization have recognized Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat nearly four-dozen common ailments.