Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of hair-fine thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of ones Qi (pronounced "chee") or natural healing energy. Sometimes rather than just inserting acupuncture needles, your doctor may choose to use fine acupuncture tacks to stimulate Qi over a long period of time or may use heat or mild electrical stimulation. The technique of heat is called moxibustion and the application of local electricity used is called electroacupuncture.

Acupuncture is a method of promoting natural healing and improving function within the body. It is done by inserting needles and applying heat and/or electricity at various precise acupuncture points. Chinese explain acupuncture as Qi (pronounced as "chee") or energy traveling through channels in the body surfaces. These channels called meridians are like rivers that run through the body and nourish the tissue. Any obstruction of movement of this energy is like a dam which backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts the flow in other parts. An obstruction or blockage or deficiencies of energy (Qi), blood and moisture would lead to dysfunction and ultimately disease and death.

Meridians can be influenced by acupuncture needling, unblocking the obstruction of the dams within the meridian circulation releasing the regular flow of Qi, blood and fluid, moisture through these meridians. Acupuncture treatments can be helpful for internal organs, connective tissue and promoting digestion absorption and energy production.

Modern science explains the function of acupuncture in the following ways: Needling of acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release neuroproteins and neuroinformation packets in the muscles, spinal cord and brain, particularly the release of endorphin, enkephalins and dynorphins which have been identified in the mid-brain. These chemicals modulate the perception of pain and the physiological function of the neural-endocrine-hormonal system. They trigger the release of the body's own internal influences on regulating and harmonizing health.

Acupuncture needles used in the center are ALL individually wrapped and disposable, insuring sanitary conditions per individual use.

Conditions Treated with Acupuncture

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