Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

What is it?

Because of its relatively low cost and noninvasive nature, acupuncture has become a highly popular form of complementary or alternative health care. In this gentle form of medicine, each treatment is uniquely designed to address any dis-ease, as it is specifically experienced by each individual. Practitioners address symptoms in relationship to the whole person so as to explore the root causes of any illness or imbalance.

Acupuncture is a powerful system of medicine practiced for over 3,000 years in China and around the globe. The benefit of acupuncture treatment is now clearly recognized and well documented in western medical journals and in medical institutions across the United States. More recently, in the news, here’s what current research says:

Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in existence. One out of three people on the planet use it as their primary form of health care.

How does it work?

Acupuncture has now become widely accepted in the United States and been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH). This model of medicine is based on natural laws describing the movement of life energy in nature and the body. This energy, called ch’i, courses through the body in channels called meridians. Much like the way blood flows through our veins, or like rivers course through the earth, ch’i should flow uninterrupted through our meridians. These meridians connect all organs and systems of the body – each responsible for maintaining specific aspects of our physical and emotional health.

When ch’i is moving disharmoniously, or when there is a block in the channel, health is impaired and dis-ease begins. With proper diagnosis and treatment planning, acupuncture improves the body’s capacity to heal itself by stimulating precise anatomical points using acupuncture needles. In the presence of this subtle yet profound intervention, symptoms often resolve and patients frequently experience deep personal transformation.

Even everyday stresses like deadlines and disappointments can disrupt the harmonious flow of ch’i. Unattended disruptions, compounded over time, can lead to symptoms. Acupuncture intervention treats the underlying imbalances and not simply the symptoms. In addition, healthy people choose acupuncture regularly as a preventative medicine. Treatment now can prohibit symptoms from occurring later.

What does it treat?

Acupuncture is often effective with a surprising range of complaints, including (but not limited to): headaches, colds and flus, allergies, anxiety, chronic fatigue, depression, back pain, digestive disorders, infertility, sleeping problems, stroke rehabilitation, nausea, menstrual and menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, asthma, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, addictions, high blood pressure, and stress.  Patients committed to a healthy lifestyle who receive ongoing acupuncture treatment for maintenance and health promotion often experience:

  • A renewed love of life and experiencing it with more ease.
  • More harmony in their relationships.
  • An improved ability to handle life’s ups and downs.
  • An increased capacity to sustain wellness
  • Improved stamina and vitality.
  • A reduction in long term health care cost.

Acupuncture serves well those who suffer from chronic illnesses and/or conditions, and for complaints that have no determinable cause, including those that have not responded to traditional allopathic medicine.

Unlike prescription drugs, there are no adverse side effects with acupuncture. In a recent study, random patients treated in 6 clinics in 5 different states reported that most the time they feel better; miss fewer work days; get along better with others; have less pain; have more energy; are more focused; and can work better. A large group reported disappearance or improvement of symptoms and 70% of those to whom surgery had been recommended said they avoided it.

With fewer drugs, fewer visits to the doctor, surgeon, or hospital, acupuncture also offers tremendous costs savings benefits.

What can I expect from treatment?

Receiving acupuncture treatment can be a unique and powerful healing experience.  The first appointment is typically a two-hour consultation. During this visit we will speak at length about your health concerns and address any questions you may have about acupuncture and the healing process. We will also discuss your health and personal histories in detail, followed by a physical examination. The primary objective of the first appointment is to assess the underlying conditions that have led to your current concerns. Following the initial consultation, ideally you will be seen in weekly one-hour sessions for 6-8 visits. During this time, significant signs of progress will likely appear. As patients experience improvement in their condition and enjoy a greater sense of ease in life, treatments may be extended to every other week, every three weeks, monthly and eventually seasonally.  Strict adherence to patient confidentiality is maintained at all times.

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