Like a spider web, acupuncture points extend and connect with every part of your body.

Utilizing the invisible network of acupuncture points, our clinician can stimulate the release of the chemicals that assist in the healing process.

The most immediate evidence of the positive effects of acupuncture is a deep relaxing sensation.

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Why is Acupuncture so Popular?

Here are just a few reasons….

Safe and Effective, Acupuncture is More Popular Today

Today it is quite common to hear about people turning to acupuncture for chronic pain relief. The FDA estimates that 9 to 12 million acupuncture treatments are now performed annually in the U.S. Acupuncture supporters claim that it is an accessible, safer, less expensive treatment than conventional pain therapies—providing a surgery-free option to alleviating chronic health problems.

It is an Ancient Medicine that Strengthens the Body

Acupuncture, developed by the Chinese thousands of years ago, is performed to stimulate designated points on the body in order to relieve pain, enhance recuperative powers, and strengthen the immune system. This is done through the insertion of small needles, finger pressure, application of heat, or a combination thereof.

It is Drug Free

According to ancient Chinese belief, there is a network of energy called “qi” (pronounced ‘chee’) that flows through the body and connects these points through different channels or “meridians.” These pathways are related to the organs, the muscular and nervous systems and their specific internal functions. If there is an imbalance in the flow of the body’s energy, then pain or illness results. With acupuncture, this imbalance can be corrected.

Science Can Explain its Biological Effects

Many physician scientists have shown that acupuncture treatments can cause the release of endorphins, natural pain relieving substances found in the brain and spinal cord. This may explain how acupuncture is helpful in relieving pain.

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Below is a Brief List of Some the Conditions that Can be

Treated with Acupuncture

All Kinds of Pain

Nervous system disorders

Musculo-Skeletal Disorders

Auto-immune Disorders

Circulatory Disorders

Mood Disorders

Endocrine Disorders

Reproductive Disorders

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Frequently Asked Questions About Acupuncture

DON’T THE NEEDLES HURT?

Most people who have had acupuncture would describe it as virtually painless or far less painful than plucking out a hair. The sensations that follow range from nothing at all, to mild tingling, to slight numbness/achiness, to electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of insertion. All these sensations usually subside once the needles are removed.

IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?

If performed by a qualified, conscientious practitioner, yes. Licensed Acupuncturists know the human anatomy well, and insert needles in a safe fashion. The instruments used to penetrate the skin are either pre-sterilized and disposable after a single use, or disinfected and sterilized in an autoclave, as surgical and dental instruments are, after each use. Today, most practitioners use the pre-sterilized needles.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Though it seems mysterious, acupuncture has a scientific explanation and does not require a patient’s belief in order to work.

The brain is signaled when the needle is positioned. The brain responds by increasing blood cell counts and various other immune system elements, and lastly, by activating neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters (or messenger molecules) are responsible for sending information to all cells in order for the body to function.

Endorphins and enkephalins are well known neurotransmitters that stop pain and increase a feeling of well-being. Acupuncture causes the release of these natural, morphine-like substances from the brain.

Aside from the well-studied effect on pain, researchers are still exploring exactly how acupuncture aids the immune system. We know that certain blood counts and immune enhancing chemicals stay elevated for at least 3 days following an acupuncture treatment.

Modern research has described other various physiological shifts following acupuncture as well, such as beneficial changes in the body’s anti- inflammatory agents and hormonal activity.

WHAT ARE THE LIMITS OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE AND ACUPUNCTURE?

Oriental Medicine and acupuncture are powerful healing tools, but they are not panaceas nor the solution to every health care problem. Both Western and Oriental Medicine have their respective strengths and weaknesses, which is why in modern China, the two systems are used together. When appropriately combined, the patient is well served.

Generally speaking, acute, life-threatening conditions are best handled by Western medical doctors. Routine health problems and chronic conditions, for which drug therapy and surgery have not been effective, often benefit from Acupuncture / Oriental Medicine.

ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS TO ACUPUNCTURE?

When performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner,acupuncture is safe and effective, free from adverse or addictive side effects. Quite often, a sense of relaxation and well-being occurs during and after treatments. While undergoing therapy for one ailment, other problems may resolve concurrently.

WHAT IS AN ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT LIKE?

Most patients would say, “relaxing”. Usually patients leave in less discomfort and are more functional than when they walked in. Sometimes the effects are too subtle to perceive, especially in the beginning of treatment. Over time, improvements become more and more apparent.

HOW LONG IS AN ACUPUNCTURE VISIT?

Usually the first visit is the longest in order to allow for a complete history taking and exam – typically one and one-half hours. Follow-up visits are shorter, usually 30 to 45 minutes, depending on patient needs. Sometimes other therapies, such as moxibustion, acupressure/massage and exercises are incorporated with the acupuncture treatment.

HOW QUICKLY WILL I RESPOND TO ACUPUNCTURE?

Everyone is different. Acute problems like a sore throat, sinus congestion, pain can be resolved in a single session — even during the session. With chronic problems, significant results will more likely occur within 4-6 treatments. The total number of treatments needed depends upon:

1. the severity of the person’s condition

2. how long the condition has existed

3. the overall state of health, energy and motivation of the patient

4. the patient’s participation in the healing processing (e.g., changing eating habits, making lifestyle changes, etc.)

WHAT DOES THE EXAMINATION/CONSULTATION INVOLVE?

An exam/consultation includes the practitioner taking a comprehensive medical history, questioning the patient about his/her chief complaints and making observations about the patient such as, the appearance of the face and body build, the shape and color of the tongue, the quality of the pulses, the feel of diagnostic areas such as the abdomen and back. The acupuncturist may also test for weaknesses along the “meridians” and weaknesses in the muscles. From this information, a Chinese diagnosis can be made.

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* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).