KEY POINTS OF ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is one of the safest, longest proven medicines with over 6,000 years of history
Acupuncture helps with acute & chronic conditions, prevents against illness & maintains good health & longevity
Acupuncture works by stimulating the bodies natural healing response through neurohormonal pathways
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a type of natural healing practice derived from Traditional Chinese Medicine where hair-thin, fine needles are inserted into carefully selected “Acupoints” on the body to adjust the body’s life energy or “Qi”.
Acupuncture needles have a smooth and rounded tip verses the sharp tips of conventional needles. The round tips are designed to gently push aside the tissue without puncturing it. With its both solid and thin frame, it can glide through the space between the individual cells of the tissue, allowing access to specific places (“Acupoints”) in the tissue where the “Qi” is collecting.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
We provide two different perspectives: Eastern and Western
THE EASTERN PERSPECTIVE
This stems from the belief that illness occurs when the body is out of balance or when something is blocking or affecting energy flow. “Qi” is all of the essential life energy that is flowing through the body and the motivating force of all physiological processes. We stimulate specific points located along the energy channels that connect all the major organs. This stimulation releases the blockage of “Qi” and promotes the body’s natural healing capabilities. While Western medicine has been around for centuries, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for millennia. The first record of TCM dates back over 2,000 years, though it is believed that the origin of TCM goes back for more than 5,000 years. Over the course of its history, experiences and techniques prove that TCM works effectively.
THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE
Scientific research has revealed much about the acupoint. Acupoints are shown to be located in high concentrations of nerve bundles and nerve endings, mast cells (used for immune response), lymphatic ducts, and capillaries. Acupuncture channels also show up as different colors than surrounding tissues on films taken with infrared imaging. Western research has also indicated further benefits of acupuncture on the body’s physiological processes.
Release of endorphins: Endorphins are the body’s natural and potent pain killer. They reduce stress hormone levels, not only temporarily, but for extended periods of time. It aids in the function of immune system cells by stimulating the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones to reduce inflammation both locally and throughout the body. This in turn, promotes the body’s natural healing process.
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WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE FEEL LIKE?
Different people experience different sensations on their acupoints. Most people feel a slight pressure when a needle is inserted. For some, finger pressure feels stronger than when an acupuncture needle pierces the skin. For others, they do not feel pain. Depending on the points worked on, a patient may feel a little soreness, heaviness, tingling, or numbness.
These signs are indications that “Qi” has been accessed and is working in the body. Some patients have commented how comfortable they felt during a treatment, as well as feeling a tremendous sense of relaxation.
WHAT KIND OF ACUPUNCTURE NEEDLES DO WE USE?
We only stock high quality needles that are sterile and disposable. These needles are used only once and then disposed of as per biohazard guidelines. We guarantee that each and every needle is manufactured in German factories that have high standard manufacturing and quality control procedures.
Whether the needle is used for body acupuncture or auricular acupuncture, the entire length of the needle shaft is coated with a micro layer of FDA-approved bioinert silicone to aid in reaching target depth and to minimize patient discomfort.
WHAT CONDITIONS DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Most common uses for acupuncture in western medicine include:
Management of emotional disorders
Management of digestive system (gastrointestinal disorders)
Management of gynecological problems
Management of sexual problems
ARE THERE ANY CONTRAINDICATIONS OF ACUPUNCTURE?
There are very few situations where acupuncture is advised against. The most common are:
If the patient has a hemophilic condition
If the patient is pregnant: certain acupuncture points and needle manipulations are advised against during pregnancy
If the patient has a severe psychotic condition