What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient practice that uses very thin needles to redirect the nervous system and vital energy flows in the body. This therapy uses the philosophies of Eastern Traditional Medicine dating back thousands of years, and is used to treat a multitude of conditions, improve nervous system function, and balance vital energy flows which govern the body’s health.

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Acupuncture was first recorded using sharpened bone and stone in place of needles in 6000 BCE. As the foundational modality of Eastern Traditional Medicine, Acupuncture provides the knowledge base for all other Eastern methods of assessing and treating health conditions and gives practitioners information on other modalities such as acupressure, moxibustion, and cupping. 

Acupuncture uses the concept of meridians, which function as the body’s energetic circulatory system. The main concept is that energy can be redirected, freed, or otherwise corrected using carefully placed needles. This in turn causes vital energy, ‘Qi,’ or ‘Chi,’ to interact with your body in a more cohesive way, leading to better health and more optimally functioning energy and optimal overall health.

The Western interpretations and understandings of acupuncture tend to focus on the nervous system and how nervous system signals may be blocked or stimulated by acupuncture needles.  Explained in this way, the process can increase blood flow to areas of concern, alter the pain signals the brain receives, and cause the release of natural painkilling compounds.  It is worth noting that this difference in understanding is largely semantic as the nervous system is an electrochemical system that transmits information as electrical pulses throughout the body. The modern Western and traditional Eastern understanding of the meridian systems overall have a very strong resemblance at their foundation and work toward the same goal of healing.

What does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of maladies and health conditions and proves especially helpful for mitigating secondary side effects of conventional medical treatments, such as post-chemotherapy nausea.  Some maladies frequently treated with acupuncture include headaches, migraines, generalized body pain and acute back and neck pain, osteoarthritis, asthma and other respiratory disorders, addiction, menstrual cramps, labor pain, stroke recovery, carpal tunnel, dental pain, and fibromyalgia.  Thanks to the versatility of acupuncture treatments, almost any chronic condition can be treated to some extent with regular treatment.

In conjunction with other therapies (as is common in Eastern Traditional Medicine with acupuncture and herbal remedies being used in unison for greater healing,) acupuncture stands out as it can direct awareness to areas of the body that need to recover.  Subsequently, this makes acupuncture an excellent complementary therapy with both conventional and alternative medicine therapies.  

If you have a history of positive results from other energetic or Eastern Traditional Medicine therapies, acupuncture is an excellent next step or adjunct therapy to explore.

What to expect during Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncturists can utilize over two thousand acupuncture points to rebalance the energy of your body for best health. These points in their wide array of location and function allow your practitioner to totally customize your experience based on your body’s needs. Your practitioner will make sure to consult with you before treatment to make sure your areas of concern are being addressed. A health history form will be completed prior to treatment, as well as a reading of pulse depth. Pulse depth indicates the different depths of energy, or qi, in the body. A superficial pulse tells a practitioner about the skin and/ or protective energy, the middle level corresponds to the internal organs, and the deep level represents our root energy and energy reserves.  After an abundance of thought and consideration, the practitioner will begin placing sterilized needles in appropriate places, the needles are left to interact with the body for an allotted time while you relax, then are removed carefully. Adjunct therapies such as cupping or gua sha may be recommended as part of your treatment. 

The results of a treatment are generally very quick, sometimes instantaneous.  Almost all recipients will feel tranquil, relaxed, with a greater sense of wellbeing after treatment. Your practitioner will advise you on homecare and may recommend herbs to prolong your after- session vitality.

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