Acupuncture is part of a complete system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that originated in China 2,000 to 5,000 years ago. Outside of China, TCM has been practiced for about 200 years. So, while new to us, acupuncture has a long recorded history of efficiency and is used by nearly one third of the world’s population as a primary health care system and by countless others as an adjunctive treatment.

The fundamental principles of acupuncture are to treat the person as an integrated whole in body, mind, and spirit – everything is connected! One of the strengths of TCM is its focus on pattern based medicine that treats the root cause of illness and disease, not just the symptoms.

The needles used to stimulate acupuncture points are very slender; barely beyond the thickness of a human hair. Dozens can fit inside a single hypodermic needle!  Acupuncture needles are filiform, meaning they do not have a hollow center, but instead are solid. The finest quality stainless steel, pre-sterilized, single-use, disposable needles are used. The sensation from the needle varies from person to person. You may feel nothing at all, a quick pinch or perhaps a heavy dull ache or tingle.

 

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
acupuncture is an effective treatment for the following conditions:

  • Addictions
  • Infections, cold, flu
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Back Pain
  • Menstrual & Female Disorders
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Muscle/Joint Pain (tendonitis, bursitis, sprains)
  • Chemotherapy Nausea
  • Post-operative Pain/Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Sinusitis
  • Digestive Problems (ulcers, nausea, gastritis, IBS)
  • Skin Disorders
  • Ear Problems( ringing, earaches)
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Urinary Problems

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