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Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine evolved from over 2000 years of empirical study and observation of the energy dynamics of the body. Certain points on the body were discovered to be painful during disease states and manipulating those points resulted in a relief of symptoms. Over time, the meridian systems, or acupuncture maps, were drawn and the points were given names. There are 364 points on the body available for the acupuncturist to use, though typically anywhere from 5-20 points are selected for a treatment.Acupuncture works by adjusting and regulating the the body’s energy that flows through these meridians. Most of the meridians are internally connected with specific organs such as your Lung, Heart, Kidney, and Stomach. Acupuncture needles can be used to affect exterior lying muscle groups as well deep internal organs. That is why acupuncture is effective for a variety conditions including, but not limited to, pain.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for many conditions. Among those conditions are: allergies, asthma, the common cold, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, sleep disturbances, and stroke.

Acupuncture needles are much thinner than the type used in a doctor’s office, so treatment is usually painless. Most patients can expect to feel better after a single session, but lasting results will usually require follow up sessions. Acute conditions may require 2-3 visits, but conditions you may have had for a while will typically require more.

Massage Therapy is very complementary to acupuncture and can be used to regulate and promote qi flow for pain relief and relaxation. For the ultimate in body balance, massage appointments can be made for after your acupuncture treatment.

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