Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
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Acupuncture is an effective and safe form of health care, developed over two millennia ago. The core of this ancient medicine holds that the body has a life force energy, or Qi (pronounced CHEE) flowing through it. Qi runs its course to protect the body from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Qi, blood, and fluids flow through the vast network of channels that run from head to toe and connect to the organ systems of the human body. Often these channels can become blocked or organ systems can be compromised and start to project a certain myriad of symptoms. Acupuncture points are located on these channels and used to manipulate any imbalance or blockage that is found. Many things may affect the body’s balance and flow of Qi: physical and/or emotional trauma, stress, seasonal changes, diet, lack of exercise or overexertion to name a few. The body normally bounces back, but sometimes the disruption in Qi flow may be prolonged and can turn into chronic pain or a larger more involved illness.
Acupuncture seeks to regulate balance in the body and restore good health and movement. In an initial visit, a thorough history is taken, and the person’s tongue and pulse are examined. The history is compared with the findings in the tongue and pulse, after which the acupuncturist will determine the acupuncture points for the treatment and treat those imbalances. Extremely fine, sterile and disposable needles are used for the acupuncture treatment. Unlike their counterparts used for blood draws or shots, these sterile needles are very thin and flexible, similar to the diameter of human hair.
The number of treatments required to treat a condition varies from person to person and will be discussed within the first few sessions. Factors include the severity and duration of symptoms, as well as a person’s general state of health. Acupuncture is natural and side effect free. Individuals commonly experience deep relaxation and stress reduction from acupuncture treatments as well as relief from their original physical complaint.