What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, the ancient healing art, is considered a “New alternative” medicine in today’s western culture. In reality Acupuncture  and its related Moxibustion,  are health treatments that have been practiced for more than 5,000 years.

Acupuncture is a procedure adapted from Chinese traditional medicine in which specific body areas are pierced with fine needles for therapeutic purposes. Acupuncture is used extensively for a variety of medical purposes ranging from the prevention and treatment of disease, to relieving pain and anesthetizing patients for surgery. As in many oriental medicine practices, the emphasis of acupuncture is on prevention. The traditional Chinese explanation of acupuncture is based on the Taoist philosophy according to which good health depends on a free circulation of Qi, or vital energy, throughout all the organs of the body. The Qi, depends upon a balance of the two opposing energies of yin and yang.  This involves manipulating the patient’s Qi, vital energy, by stimulating needles strategically placed at selected acupuncture points which lie along 14 lines, or meridians, running the length of the body from head to foot that connect with  internal organs.

There are different types of  approaches for acupuncture treatment, they include, Chinese traditional acupuncture , moxibustion, auriculotherapy, Japanese acupuncture, electro acupuncture, acupressure and reflexology amount others.  Japanese acupuncture is a little different from Chinese acupuncture, because it is usually less intrusive and rigorous, the needles are thinner or shorter and usually less needles are used. Auricular acupuncture is for people who can’t have needles placed at many different points. The needles or pellets are placed in and around the ears. This is very good for drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Electro acupuncture combines traditional acupuncture combined with a low electric current running through the needles and is becoming a popular form of acupuncture.  Moxibustion is a technique in which a Chinese herb called mugwort or Artemesia Vulgaris is used to apply heat to an acupuncture point. It is used to treat certain debilitating conditions as well as arthritis and pain. Moxa is usually rolled into a stick the size of a cigar, lit, and held over specific areas of the body. Moxa can also be placed onto the handle of an acupuncture needle, allowing deeper penetration of heat.  In Acupressure no instrument is used, just the technique of pressing a finger on the acupuncture point. The type of acupuncture a person chooses may directly relate to the ailment that person has. Acupuncture treats a variety of conditions ranging from diseases, pain, psychological and helps to increase blood flow to particular areas of the body.  Acupuncture is a healing art that has overcome the test of time and is here to stay as a true health care approach fore overall wellness.

Acupuncture can help with:

  • Neck or Cervical Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Hip Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Arthritis & Arthritic Pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Sports Injuries
  • Stress Related Disorders
  • Menstrual & PMS Problems
  • Smoking Addiction
  • Obesity & Weight Control
  • Infertility
  • Strengthening Your Immune System
  • Motor Vehicle Injuries
  • Allergies
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Jaw and Face Pain
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Musculoskeletal Pain