Acupuncture is the oldest continuously practiced medical system in the world and is used by one third of the world's population as a primary health care system. Because of its relatively low cost and its noninvasive nature, acupuncture has become a highly popular form of complementary health care in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) has endorsed acupuncture treatment for a wide variety of conditions including stress, digestive disorders, depression, allergies, sleeping disorders, addictions, headaches and menstrual disorders.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Who Benefits from Treatment?
- Anyone looking for greater balance and harmony in his or her life
- Individuals recovering from a trauma or accident
- People with acute or chronic conditions (see WHO indications below)
- Those with emotional challenges such as anxiety, stress, worry, addictions, anger, grief and depression
- Acupuncture can also treat many non-specific symptoms that do not fit any categories
- Acupuncture can be used as a preventative medicine, strengthening the immune system and easing daily stress
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes Acupuncture's ability to treat over 200 clinical disorders including:
- Disorders of muscles, joints, and nervous system such as: arthritis, neuralgia, migraine, headache, insomnia, dizziness, sciatica and back, neck and shoulder pain
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as: food allergies, peptic ulcer, constipation, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, anorexia, gastritis, and irritable bowel syndrome
- Urogenital disorders such as: irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Respiratory issues such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis
- Circulatory disorders such as: hypertension, angina and arteriosclerosis
- Psychological disorders such as: depression and anxiety
- Addictions to alcohol, nicotine and drugs
- Stress related disorders such as: overeating, nervous tension, insomnia and pain-related problems exacerbated by stress
One of the most valuable gifts that Chinese medicine offers the West is a positive vision of wellness.
Acupuncture can be used as a preventative medicine or in conjunction with other health modalities
Acupuncture: How it works
According to Chinese medicine, universal laws of nature govern the human body as well as the world around us. Health in the individual, as in nature, is determined by a smooth flow of vital energy. Chinese philosophy teaches that this vital life energy, or "qi" (pronounched chee) flows through the body in channels called meridians. When the qi in the body is abundant, of good quality, and flowing freely, a person is healthy. When the qi is weak or obstructed, a person becomes susceptible to disease. The symptoms of disease can manifest not only within the physical body, but also within our minds and spirits. The aim of acupuncture is to re-establish balance, harmony and a smooth flow of qi throughout the body. This processed is encouraged by the insertion of needles into specific points along the various meridians. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Treatment allows one to experience a greater ease in one's life and enables one to deal with life's ups and downs in a more balanced way.
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