What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a healing art which is used to treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traveling just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 meridian points on the body. This energy works in harmony with the all of the systems of the body. Stimulation of one or a combination of key meridian points on the body may restore balance to the affected area. Alternative forms of stimulation besides needles include: electronic stimulation, laser beam, or pressure massage to treat a meridian point.

Is Acupuncture treatment painful?

Four to five acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle. Most people compare the sensation as similar to a mosquito bite. A phenomena referred to as "Teh Chi" occurs when the energy is contacted. This sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling. In some cases, you will not even know the needles are in place.

What are commonly seen conditions For Acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture can be used for a variety of conditions. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture's effectiveness for over 40 common disorders, such as:

  1. Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
  2. Respiratory Disorders (allergies, asthma)
  3. Gastrointestinal Disorders (ulcers, colitis)
  4. Circulatory Disorders
  5. Urogenital and Gynecological Disorders
  6. Muscle and joint pain/disorders
  7. Neurological and Stress Disorders (insomnia, anxiety, headaches, smoking cessation).

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