About Acupuncture

 Acupuncture is one modality of the holistic medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into specific points which lie along energy pathways called meridians.These meridians connect with internal organs and are a complex web-like system. TCM is based on the theory of meridians and the life force energy called qi (pronounced chee).  Imbalances in the flow of qi lead to health problems and correcting those imbalances restores health.

TCM also includes moxabustion (thermal therapy with mugwort), herbs, tuina (bodywork), meditation, and diet/lifestyle.

 Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories and has been used as a safe and effective way of treating disease for over 3,000 years.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes over 43 ailments that can be helped with acupuncture. These include:

1. Gastrointestinal Disorders: constipation, IBS, chronic diarrhea

2. Gynecological Disorders: irregular menstruation, PMS, infertility, menopause

3. Musculoskeletal Disorders: osteoarthritis, headaches, back pain, knee pain, neck pain, etc.

4. Circulatory Disorders: hypertension, angina pectoris, etc.

5. Mental/Emotional Disorders: depression, anxiety, insomnia, high stress

6. Addictions: alcohol, nicotine, drugs

What does acupuncture feel like?

The needles used are very thin and are about the diameter of a thick piece of human hair. Some patients feel a slight prick or mosquito bite when the needle is inserted and some patients feel nothing at all. Once the needle is in place, you will feel a dull ache or pulling sensation. This is called the da qi , which is the sensation the practitioner is aiming for.

Acupuncture is very relaxing and patients often fall asleep during the treatment.


Modern Research on Acupuncture

Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis
Berman, BM., et al., Effectiveness of acupuncture as adjunctive therapy in osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized, controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, DEC.21, 2004;141(12)901-910.

Acupuncture and Depression
Acupuncture Treatment for Major Depression, The Tenth Annual Symposium of the Soc. for Acupuncture Research, 2003. J Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2004 Sep.;24(3):172-6

Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia
Soc. for Acupuncture Research-Tenth Ann. Symposium 2003;29. Targino, RA., et al., Curr Pain Headache Rep., 2002 Oct.;(5):379-83

What to Expect at Your First Appointment

Diagnosing your problems:

Pulse diagnosis– there are over 26 subtle variations in the quality of the pulse are felt at six different positions on each wrist
Looking– A person’s demeanor and tone of voice, as well as the color, shape and size of the tongue, provide an acupuncturist with vital clues about internal health
Asking– by asking questions, information is gathered about past medical history, present health, lifestyle and emotional state
Physical examination– palpation to specific areas and acupuncture points can reveal imbalances
 Various Therapeutic Methods:

  • Cupping
  • Gua Sha
  • Moxabustion
  • Electrical stimulation

 Gua Sha and cupping treatment may provide relief for chronic neck, shoulder and back pain, strains and sprains, stress, and muscle aches. These treatments promote circulation and eliminates metabolic waste congesting surface tissues and muscles. Cupping creates a suction on the skin that pulls stagnant intercellular fluid to the surface and removes toxic debris. That fluid is replaced with fresh, oxygenated, nutrient rich fluid which accelerates regeneration, revitalizes the area being treated, and brings about a state of balance in the system.


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