Acupuncture can promote and restore the balance of energy, as well as overall well-being.
Acupuncture originated in China, more than 2,500 years ago. It was used to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as improve general health. It is now used to address a variety of specific issues, such as:
- Digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome)
- Pain syndromes due to an injury or associated with chronic degenerative diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Neurological problems like migraines
- Respiratory condition
- Gynecologic disorders and infertility
- Fatigue and addictions
What should you expect on a visit to a practitioner of acupuncture?
You’ll start with a comprehensive health history. Your practitioner may ask to examine your tongue, feel your pulse to help determine energy flow, and create a traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis. Next, we’ll put together your treatment plan, which may include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture.
Let’s talk about those needles!
- Very fine single-use sterilized needles are used
- Needles are usually left in place for 20 minutes
- Energy meridians range across the whole body, so the points your acupuncturist will use are not necessarily where you experience pain or discomfort. For example, if you suffer from headaches, needles might be inserted in your foot or hand
Scientists are finding parallels between the ancient concepts of acupuncture and modern anatomy! We now know that many of the 365 acupuncture points correspond to nerve bundles or muscle trigger points; several meridians track major arteries and nerves.