Acupuncture

acupuncture noun (Concise Encyclopedia)

Medical technique in which needles are inserted into the skin and underlying tissues, devised in China before 2500 BC. One or more small metal needles are inserted at precise points along 12 meridians (pathways) in the body, through which the vital life force (qi) is believed to flow, in order to restore yin-yang balance and treat disease caused by yin-yang imbalance. Acupuncture relieves pain and is used as an anesthetic for surgery. Theories to explain its effects include stimulation of release of natural opiates, blockage of pain-signal transmission, and a placebo effect.

The acupuncture focus for treatment is correcting imbalances in the body. So many of today’s ailments can be alleviated through the in-depth intake which focuses on all aspects of life. This is of utmost importance as it is truly a holistic system. An imbalance in one area can have broad ramifications to many other areas.

So many of today’s problems are related to stress: anxiety, constipation/diarrhea/digestive disorders, depression, fatigue, headache, migraine, PMS, pain, reproductive problems, sleeplessness or disturbed sleep and vomit/nausea. By reducing and eliminating these health concerns you will find you have more energy, sleep better and are more alert and ready to reevaluate those other goals that were hindered previously.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A SESSION

Acupuncture

First Session: Thorough intake and identification of goals. Full treatment using the most appropriate healing modality.

Subsequent appointments: Brief intake focusing on changes and any acute or new presentations of imbalance.

Session may include:

  • Needle Therapy.

The placement of needles in precise acupuncture meridian and extra points as needed for your specific diagnosis and to achieve the stated goals.

  • Auricular Acupuncture.

The placement of needles into the external ear. This is extremely effective as it is a micro system of performing acupuncture due to its proximity to the 12 cranial nerves.

  • Therapeutic Cupping.

Heat created suction is employed to adhere cups to the body in an effort to pull out the stagnation of qi or blood in an area. Often used to relieve pain. This is a great tool in that it can pull the muscle belly up as opposed to pressing into it as with other massage techniques.

  • TuiNa.

Chinese therapeutic massage. While it is not as relaxing as the Swedish style of massage, it is extremely effective for many different conditions.

  • Heat or Cold Application