About Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine has developed over a period of at least 3,000 years.
Acupuncture performs certain functions in traditional Chinese Medicine. It regulates the flow of Qi through the channels and Organs, removes blockages, strengthens the body’s protective Qi and balance excesses.

Acupuncture is a major modality in Chinese Medicine. Other modalities include: Herbology, Cupping, Guasha, Qi Gong, Massage, Diet and Nutrition.

Acupuncture is designed to heal many other ailments, not only pain. One can use it to allow vital energy to flow between the vital blueprints of any two zang-fu organs to correct energy imbalances to produce healing.

  • Release of physical and emotional stress.
  • Activation and control of immune and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.
  • Acceleration of tissue healing.
  • Pain relief.

Needling reduces bodily stress by stimulating the secretion of endorphins, relaxing the cardiovascular and muscular systems, and restoring the physiologic and autonomic balance (homeostasis), which includes normalizing visceral funcions that are impaired during stressful assault via neurohormonal pathways.

Acupuncture activates the built-in survival mechanism of our body: the self-healing potential.Thus acupuncture is effective for those symptoms than can be completely or partially healed by the body.

We inherit the self-healing potential for biological survival. This inherited self-healing potential is modified by genetic makeup, medical history, lifestyle, and age. Therefore each of us has a different self-healing capacity. The self-healing potential, however, is dynamically changing. It will deteriorate if a person abuses his/her health. The efficacy of acupuncture therapy depends on:

(1) the status of self-healing potential of the body (e.g., the healthier a person is, the better his or her self-healing potential)

(2) the potential healing ability of the symptoms (e.g., acute low back pain heals faster than chronic low back pain). This is why different patients respond differently to the same acupuncture treatment.

Additionally, an individual can bolster their over-all health and immune system by making sure that they get the minimum of 90 Essential Nutrients which the body REQUIRES in order to repair and sustain itself – this is a critical element which can allow us to live active, healthy lives well beyond 100 years. Ask us about receiving your own Medical Nutrition Evaluation.

  • Cardiovascular disorders – high blood pressure, chest pain, angina pectoris, etc
  • Neurological conditions – trigeminal neuralgia, headaches, migraines, stroke, paralysis, etc
  • Gynecological and obstetric disorders – PMS, abnormal uterine bleeding, morning sickness, difficulty with conception, etc.
  • Musculoskeletal disorders – osteoarthritis, sciatica, low back pain, tennis elbow, tendonitis, frozen shoulder, etc
  • Psychological conditions – depression, emotional disturbances, nervousness, anxiety, addiction such as smoking, phobias
  • Skin conditions – acne, scar tissue, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, hair loss, herpes zoster, etc
  • Urogenital disorders – nocturnal enuresis, urinary retention, prostatitis, low sexual vitality, cystitis, etc
  • Digestive system disorders – gingivitis, hyperacidity, diarrhea, constipation, mouth ulcers, post-extraction pain, etc.
  • … Just to name a few – Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can treat any ailment outside of physical trauma in which case you should visit an Emergency Room.

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