October 1, 2010

About Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective holistic medicine backed by more than two thousand years of practice and research. The acupuncturist inserts very fine needles into specified points along meridian pathways to influence and restore balance to the flow of qi.  Acupuncture is practiced worldwide both as a primary and adjunctive treatment for a wide range of conditions.

The earliest use of acupuncture as a means of alleviating pain and disease dates back at least as far as the Stone Age in China.  There is evidence that bian shi, (sharpened stones) were used for this purpose.  With the passage of time, the stone implements were replaced by needles crafted of bamboo or slivers of bone.  It was not until the 2nd century BCE during the Han Dynasty that stone and bone needles were replaced with metal.

How Does it Work?

Acupuncture works by balancing the life energy or Qi flowing through the body.  Qi (pronounced chee) can be influenced by stimulating specific points on the body, these points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs.  According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.  The goal of acupuncture is to clear away these disruptions and revitalize the flow of energy in the meridians, to strengthen your body’s natural healing processes.

What Can it Treat?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are extremely successful in the treatment of a multitude of conditions.  Many people try Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as a “last resort” to serious and complex medical problems and find that it can help them when other treatments could not.  Others use acupuncture as a preventive medicine and see their acupuncturist only 2-4 times a year for a “tune up” or “balancing” treatment.

In an official report,Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organization (WHO) has listed the following symptoms, diseases and conditions that have been shown through controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:

  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • knee pain
  • fatigue
  • insomnia
  • infertility
  • morning sickness
  • gynecological disorders
  • headaches and migraines
  • stress/anxiety
  • depression
  • tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
  • arthritis
  • gastrointestinal disorders
  • stroke
  • adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
  • allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
  • fibromyalgia (general muscle pain)