WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for over 2,000 years and remains an integral part of Eastern medicine. In the West, it is a natural complement to other therapies, such as chiropractic, physiotherapy, and massage therapy. Acupuncture is effective in treating an immense variety of conditions, including:
- pain and muscle tension
- headaches & migraines
- low energy
- anxiety & depression
- digestive complaints
- skin conditions
- weight management
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of illnesses. It involves the placement of extremely fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points along the meridians of the body. Acupuncture triggers the release of the body’s own natural pain killers. It also incites the availability of molecules associated with tissue healing and disease resolution. The release and circulation of chemical like endorphins and opiates reduces pain and inflammation, and fosters a feeling of tranquility. Acupuncture needles act as keys to open up blockages, which may be either physical or energetic (i.e. stress, grief) in nature, increase blood flow and improve circulation.
A substantial body of research indicates that acupuncture is effective for many conditions. It significantly outperforms sham acupuncture demonstrating specific effects. When an acupuncture needle is inserted it affects the nervous system, and makes changes at a biochemical level as well as influencing fascia and the extracellular matrix.
Acupuncture practitioners aim not only to provide symptom relief but to evaluate the health of an individual and address the root cause of illness in order to restore harmony, balance and health.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT
During an initial acupuncture appointment, a detailed consultation will occur, typically lasting 15-30 minutes, during which the chief complaint will be investigated as well as overall health and past medical and health history. Pulses will be taken and the tongue observed to further assess and diagnose the root cause of illness. After the discussion, the client will be offered an acupuncture treatment lasting 30-60 minutes and/or Chinese herbal medicine to address the outlined conditions. Additional modalities like cupping, moxibustion, gua sha, and Tui Na may be employed if deemed therapeutic.
“A good healer cannot depend on skill alone. The healer must have correct attitude, sensitivity, compassion and a sense of responsibility.”
—Huangdi Neijing, Su Wen, Chapter 14