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Acupuncture & Eastern Therapies

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was developed thousands of years ago in China as an all natural way of preventing and treating illnesses. In Traditional Chinese Medicine it is believed that everything in the body is connected and that any imbalance in one organ can cause "dis"-ease in another. Acupuncture focuses on bringing the body back into balance in order to alleviate any ailments that are afflicting it.

Our licensed Acupuncturist, Dr. Jennifer Huynh, will insert hair thin needles into the various points on the body. Once the qi is felt at the site, the acupuncture may manipulate to further activate the qi. This will increase circulation within the body which will not only help heal it more quickly, but will also boost immunity, physical and emotional health.

What is Qi?

Qi is the life energy which flows throughout our bodies it works as an immune system, helping to protect us from harm. A person’s health and well-being are in direct correlation to the quality, quantity and harmony of their qi.

Qi travels throughout our bodies via an intricate system of pathways called meridians. There are 14 main meridians with each one being designated to specific organs and glands. Should a meridian become blocked or unbalanced, it hinders movement causing the qi to become stuck which in turn leaves muscles, organs and glands to become malnourished.

What Exactly Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating the following conditions:

What Exactly Does Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating the following conditions:

  • Addiction: alcohol, drug, smoking
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Fatigue
  • Gingivitis
  • Incontinence
  • Low back pain
  • Migraine
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pneumonia
  • Sciatica
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Stress
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Bronchitis
  • Colitis
  • Dental pain
  • Digestive trouble
  • Emotional problems
  • Fertility
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Menopause
  • Morning sickness
  • Pain
  • Reproductive issues
  • Shoulder pain
  • Smoking cessation
  • Tennis elbow
  • Wrist pain
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Common cold
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Eye problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hiccough
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Nausea
  • PMS
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Sore throat
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Facial palsy/tics

Do The Needles Hurt?

This is one question that we hear quite often. Acupuncture needles are different from hypodermic needles in that they are hair thin. The sensation felt upon insertion varies from person to person as some are more sensitive than others. Here is a list of common sensations felt once the needle has been inserted: A dull ache, heaviness, numbness or tingling. It is also not uncommon for the skin at the site to become itchy. Some patients report feeling the sensation traveling elsewhere from the needle or even on the opposite side of their body. These are all simply signs that the Qi is moving and that the treatment is working. When the treatment is finished many people feel energized while others are extremely relaxed. Much like with massage, acupuncture patients have been known to fall asleep in the middle of their session

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes. Acupuncture is a natural means of healing the body which has little to no side effects. The needles that are used come in sterile packaging and are thrown away after every treatment.

Can Acupuncture Be Used on Children?

Absolutely. Children often times respond faster to the treatments than adults. There have been studies that show it has a calming effect on those who suffer from things such as ADD and ADHD. That it can help increase focus and concentration. Since children already have such strong constitutions, the needles need only be in place for a fraction of the time they are for adults.

The Acupuncturist can also treat by massaging the location of the acupuncture points (called acupressure) if the child has a fear of needles.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments will vary per client. Chronic conditions typically take longer to resolve than the acute ones. Some people respond quickly and report immediate relief, others may take more time. Eastern medicine does not use a 'one size fits all' approach and every treatment is personalized to suit the patient’s individual needs. To see significant results plan on going once a week for a month, the closer together the sessions, the more effective it will be.

How Should I Prepare?

  • Come with any questions you have
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing for easy access to acupuncture points
  • Make sure to eat before your treatment.
  • Take time out to relax and reflect. Even if it is just for 10 minutes out of the day, your body will thank you for the rest.
  • In between treatments keep track of any changes that may have taken place. For example, any differences in your stress, energy and pain levels.
  • Be sure and follow any post treatment advice the Acupuncturist gives you.

Why Choose Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive and all natural way of treating any physical or emotional trauma you may be going through. It works well with other forms of medicine such as chiropractic, massage and physical therapy. Professional sports teams often employ Acupuncturists to tend to their athletes when they are injured. Many hospitals enlist the help of Acupuncturists to aid patients who are going through rehabilitation or to help them recover from surgery more quickly. It is also utilized to diminish the side effects of chemo therapy.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please send us an email or give us a call