What is Acupuncture?
People have been receiving the healing benefits of Acupuncture and Traditional medicines for thousands of years. Getting back to our roots of healing and medicine, opens to us new possibilities of health and wellness.
We treat many conditions such as:
-Stress -Smoking cessation -Fibromyalgia -Immune enhancement
-Insomnia -Weight loss -Shoulder and neck -Inflammatory conditions
-Cravings -Sciatica -Back pain and sciatica -Low energy
-Libido -Knee pain -Constipation -and more...
The purpose of Acupuncture is to balance the energy, by increasing or decreasing the Qi (pronounced chi), by using the correct combination of acupuncture points.
Studies have shown that Acupuncture helps to reduce stress and inflammation. It calms the nervous system, induces relaxation, tonify's our energy, and brings our body into homeostasis.
It can remind the body to continue healing in an area, and causes the release of endorphins. It can also be used as a powerful analgesic for any pain.
More and more people are using Acupuncture for relief from migraines, back and shoulder pain, even fibromyalgia. Acupuncture is increasingly being used during surgeries and childbirth in place of anesthetic.
Acupuncture has been part of healthcare for millions of people for over a thousand years. More recently modern scientific standards have been applied to assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture. After considerable research, the Nation Institutes of Health (NIH) and The World Health Organization (WHO) released statements regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture. In 1997, the NIH Consensus Development Statement confirmed that acupuncture may be useful as an adjunctive or alternative treatment for stroke, headache, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, post-op nausea and vomiting. As well as the effects of chemotherapy and many other conditions. In the 2003 Acupuncture Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, WHO published a list of over a hundred conditions for which acupuncture may be useful.
Is it safe? Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is very safe. All of our needles are high quality, very thin, stainless steel, and are all disposable. The individually packaged needles are opened in front of you by well trained, and sterilized hands.
People sometimes say that during the initial needling they feel a bit of pain or pressure in the area of insertion, but that it is virtually painless for the duration of the treatment.
Acu-laser equipment can also be used, in combination with, or in place of, needles.
How long does a treatment take?
The initial visit is about 45 minutes, which includes your health assessment and first treatment. Subsequent visits are 30-45 minutes. You can request to relax for longer, and we can usually accommodate you, as space allows.
How often do I need to come, and for how long?
Depending on the condition of your health, we usually request that you come for five to eight sessions, coming once or twice per week. Some conditions like a headache, nausea or low immune system, can often be treated in a single session. More chronic conditions usually take longer.
What can be treated with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be used to treat all kinds of ailments. From a cough or sore throat, to chronic back or knee pain. It can help with weight control and food cravings, and can aid in quitting smoking. Acupuncture can be also be used to reduce stress and inflammation, which is an important part of any healing process. Acupuncture can assist in the recovery of almost any malady.
What is Qi?
Qi is a sort of energy that flows in the meridians and carries information from one acupoint to where the pain is. According to traditional Chinese theory, these points lie on meridians or channels, along which Qi, the vital energy, flows.
More sensitive patients will feel qi moving along the meridians. We cannot see the propagation of qi with our eyes, but when qi reaches the problem area, infrared image techniques can be used to see its effect.
Can animals gain benefits from Acupuncture?
More and more professional animal handlers and trainers are using Acupuncture as a healing therapy for their horses, cows, dogs, and cats. They can even treat pets like birds, ferrets and rabbits. Traditionally acupuncture was used on elephants too, and still is.
Sorry, we don't treat animals at our clinic.