Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated in China over 2,000 years ago. Both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are based on the belief that living beings have a vital energy which is called “Qi” and that this vital energy circulates through 14 meridians channeling throughout the body. Each meridian corresponds to an organ system. Every meridian is marked by a series of specific acupuncture points within the 14 meridian system. Each meridian corresponds to a major organ system; for example, you have a lung meridian, a large intestine meridian, a kidney meridian, a bladder meridian, etc.
A diagnosis of which meridian to treat is decided upon after an intake is conducted with the patient. The patient is asked a series of questions about her physical and emotional health in addition to receiving a pulse reading that ascertains the state of a person’s vital energy as it relates to all 14 meridian systems. During the intake the patient is asked by the acupuncturist what the chief complaint is. He or she is then asked about lifestyle habits relating to diet, sleep, appetite, stress levels and other questions relating to health.
Acupuncture can often treat more than one thing at a time, for instance, a patient may come in for a migraine and mention an additional problem of insomnia which Acupuncture can treat with great success. A patient may come in with Sciatica pain and be treated for anxiety at the same time. Acupuncture is a wonderfully holistic system of medicine that promotes wellness.
After the patient’s intake is finished, and a diagnosis is made by the acupuncturist, the patient lies down on a comfortable table in a stress free setting with music and soothing lighting. The acupuncturist then inserts thin, sterile, and disposable needles in various places on the body depending on what the ailment is. Most people describe a very relaxing sensation with virtually no pain. The needles are like a hair and some people say they feel nothing when they go in, or less than a mosquito bite. Treatment length varies from forty minutes to one hour depending on the problem being treated. Patients describe a very relaxed state after the treatment is done. Patients are very pleased when the more acute problems are noticeably better after the second treatment and sometimes even after the first treatment. The more chronic ailments take a little longer, but it is remarkable how quickly things start to get better sooner than not. Western medicine has come to recognize Acupuncture as a viable medicine that can treat a myriad of diseases and pain.
In a recent article on WebMD.com details are provided as to how an MRI can see physical changes in the brain occurring during Acupuncture treatment. This proves that acupuncture is much more than a placebo effect. With the advent of recent scientific advances we are now able to better understand how Acupuncture works. For example, we know that Acupuncture releases endorphins and serotonin that may account for Acupuncture’s pain relieving properties and explains its regulation of insomnia and mood. The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine’s ability to treat over 43 common disorders; although an ancient medicine it has become contemporary and the wave of the future. Acupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine is one of the best known of the alternative therapies.
What does Acupuncture treat?
Facial palsy (early stages within three to six months)
Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains
Tendonitis, Contractures, Muscle pain
Swelling, Stiffness and Weakness
Respiratory System disorders
Common Cold and Flu
Acute and Chronic Colitis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Dysmenorrhea (Painful periods)
Recurrent Bladder or Yeast Infections