Acupuncture is a complicated and yet simple subject that is often hard for us Westerners to relate to because it is so different from Western ideas. Acupuncture is a part of a system of medicine practiced for thousands of years in China known to the Western world as Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used to treat a wide variety of disorders by both eastern and western practioners who may use other types of treatment in addition to Acupuncture to heal their patients.
Both Chiropractic and Acupuncture seek to increase the harmony of the individual with their environment. The Acupuncturist looks to balance the energy of a patient to restore their health and harmony. Obtaining this balance is essential in acupuncture, and the patient is considered healthy only when the individual’s energy is in balance. This energy, known as chi or qi, is the life force that flows through all living beings and it flows through the body along pathways know as meridians. The balancing of chi is accomplished with sterile and solid needles which are designed to be used for a single treatment and then disposed of like any other medical waste. The needles are small, about the size of a filament in a light bulb, and are placed along the meridians. Specific points along these meridians are used to stimulate and other points are used to sedate. Multiple needles are used during the course of a treatment and then discarded after the treatment is finished. Acupuncture treatments last for about 20 to 30 minutes and at the end of their treatment, patients usually find themselves relaxed and stimulated at the same time although some may find themselves with an incredible amount of energy. Acupuncture has been used to successfully treat many conditions such as sinus problems, joint pains, stress reduction, and addictions. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions as to how acupuncture can help you!