What Is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture, simply stated, is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body.  Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China.  In fact, authorities agree the science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old.  Acupuncture is the utilization of needles placed in the skin at various locations to relieve pain or affect a body part.  Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 "Acupoints"on the body.  This energy works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems of the body.  When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident.  Stimulation of one or a combination of key "Acupoints" on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The human body's energy flow courses over twelve meridians or channels that are normally well balanced, if a disruption of energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body.  This is acupuncture's goal-to restore normalcy to the body's energy balance by utilizing a combination of Acupoints located on the twelve meridians.  This is accomplished by using a small needle.  Many people compare the sensations "less than a mosquito bite."

Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit.  It has been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit up to three months following a course of therapy.

What Conditions Can Acupuncture Help?

Acute and chronic pain relief, migraine, tension cluster and sinus headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, bladder dysfunction, bed wetting, cervical(neck) pain, and mid-back pain, low shoulder, tennis elbow, post-operative pain relief, gastric problems, asthma, allergies, skin conditions, hemorrhoids, abnormal blood pressure, fatigue, anxiety, neurologic syndrome, various eye problems, etc.  This is only a partial list of the numerous conditions Acupuncture has been credited with helping.