Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles (that are as fine as a human hair) into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Traditional Oriental Medicine views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike Western Medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person, Oriental Medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person.
We will make an Oriental medical diagnosis based upon a thorough examination and consultation. The examination includes the assessment of the pulse and tongue. Once a diagnosis is made, we will choose the most appropriate acupuncture points for treatment.
The basic foundation for Oriental Medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is called â€œQiâ€ (pronounced â€œcheeâ€). This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Oriental Medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.
Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped out by the Chinese acupuncturists over a period of more than 2000 years.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.
Some types of muscle and joint injury respond more quickly to acupuncture when a fine electrical current is applied to the needles using a special stimulation unit. It is also useful for stroke rehabilitation. Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other.