acupuncture and Chinese medicine
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the placement of hair-thin, sterile needles at specific points on the body to regulate qi. Chinese medical theory recognizes that qi ("chee" energy) flows through the body along distinct pathways (meridians), supporting organs and tissues. By stimulating acupuncture points (over 360 points along 14 meridians), we can help bring qi back into correct flow, supporting healthy organ function, promoting healing and immunity, and relieving pain. This practice has been in use for over 3,000 years, and modern research has demonstrated that it can increase circulation, balance biochemicals (hormones, neurotransmitters), stimulate brain activity, and more.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most people find acupuncture to be a painless experience. People often say that it is an unfamiliar sensation, but pleasant and relaxing. Acupuncture needles are as fine as a human hair, and do not cut the skin. However, acupuncture is just one method of treatment in Chinese medicine (others include herbal medicine, tuina therapeutic massage, cupping, guasha, acupressure, and more). If you have a fear of needles, this should not stop you from trying Chinese medicine!
How many times will I need acupuncture, and how often?
This really depends on your condition. The longer you have had a condition, the longer it will take to treat. For example, someone on the second day of a common cold may just need one or two treatments, while someone with a 10 year history of back pain may need many more. Once we meet you, we can assess your condition and give you an idea about a treatment plan and prognosis.
Chinese medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat many symptoms and diseases. Some of the conditions for which acupuncture has shown to be effective are:
Irritable Bowel Disorder
Common Cold, Sinusitis
Blood Pressure Regulation
Immune System Strengthening
Weight Loss Support