Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world and is used by one third of the world’s population as a primary health care system. It is likely that more people have been treated by Chinese medicine throughout history than by any other formalized system of medicine. Because of its relatively low cost and its noninvasive nature, acupuncture has become a highly popular form of complementary health care in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture treatment for over 40 conditions, including stress, digestive disorders, depression, allergies, sleeping disorders, addictions, headaches and menstrual disorders.
Originating in China, acupuncture is a system of healing which has been practiced in East Asian countries for thousands of years. In recent decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States as a holistic approach to the management of disease as well as for the maintenance of health. Currently, there are over 22,500 licensed acupuncture practitioners in the country and according to the National Acupuncture Foundation, “Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is one of the most rapidly growing healthcare professions in the United States.” In a 2002 National Health Interview Survey— the largest and most comprehensive survey of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)—an estimated 8.2 million adults in the United States reported being treated by acupuncture, administered by acupuncturists, physicians, and dentists for relief or prevention of pain and other health conditions.
This ancient method of healing is based on natural laws influencing the movement of energy in nature and the body. This life force, called Qi, flows through the body in channels, like rivers flowing through the earth. Health is promoted when the Qi in the body is full and moving properly. Illness can begin when the Qi is blocked and moves disharmoniously. Such things as stress, sadness, and injury can disrupt the harmonious movement of Qi. Acupuncture treats the underlying imbalances and promotes harmony within the body.
What is the scope of benefits?
Acupuncture is helpful for many concerns including those of the body, mind, and spirit. It has been found effective for severe chronic conditions even when pinpointing the cause has been difficult to determine. Those who receive ongoing treatment for maintenance and the promotion of good health have told us that they:
Tend to get sick less often and recover more quickly.
Have improved stamina and vitality.
Experience more peace in life.
Are better managers of their own health.
See reductions in long-term health care costs and tend to visit physicians less often.
Enjoy deepened and more harmonious relationships with others.
What about the needles?
Acupuncture needles are solid, slender – slightly thicker than a human hair – and bear no resemblance to syringes. We use the finest quality stainless steel, pre-sterilized, disposable one-time-use needles.
Does the treatment hurt?
The treatment process calls for the needles to be inserted just beneath the skin’s surface. Sensations vary from person to person with some clients feeling a momentary ache or tingling sensation.