What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is defined as an ancient Chinese technique involving the insertion of fine needles just under the skin in specific locations in order to relieve pain and treat a wide variety of complaints. The World Health Organization says acupuncture can be beneficial in many medical conditions ranging from neurological and gastrointestinal to mental and emotional ones.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture works on the theory that there is an endless flow of vital life energy know as qi (pronounced chee) throughout the human body. Qi originates from major organs and flows along 12 regular and 2 extra continuous circulatory channels called meridians. Points on the skin (called acupoints), are energetically connected to specific organs, body structures and systems. When the qi is moving smoothly through the meridians, a person is healthy, but if the qi is blocked it will cause an imbalance resulting in pain or sickness. Using fine disposable sterile needles acupuncturists can regulate your energy flow by stimulating certain trigger points on the body. This promotes the body to release certain hormones and chemicals that can reduce pain, regulate the endocrine system and calm the nervous system. In other words it brings the body back to balance and restores health.
What does Acupuncture treat?
High Blood Pressure
What is Auricular Acupuncture?
Auricular acupuncture is a very effective healing treatment. The ear contains a complete map of the body and allows for convenient point location and an effective treatment.
What is Cupping?
Cupping is an ancient Chinese therapy. It has been dated to the early fourth century by a herbalist Ge Hong, who wrote about a form of cupping in a book called “A Handbook of Prescriptions”. Traditionally round glass cups are warmed with a flame then quickly placed on the skin to create a vacuum. This vacuum pulls the skin upward on the inside of the glass. This gets the Qi and blood in the area to move which also moves the stagnation and relieves congestion. Depending on the condition, cups can be left on for approximately 5-10 minutes. Another technique used with cupping is sliding cupping. Oil is first placed on the skin then the cup is applied and slowly moved up and down the affected area or meridian. Cupping allows tissues to release toxins, activates the lymphatic system, clears colon blockages, helps to activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activates the skin, clears stretch marks and improves varicose veins. It is also know to be a very good deep massage.
What is Moxibustion?
Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy using moxa, or mugwort herb (called Ai Ye in TCM). It is used to warm regions of the body and selected acupuncture points. Moxa stimulates circulation through the points by activating Qi & Blood. It is known to be used for cases of deficiency, cold and dampness. The most common form of moxabustion is the moxa stick. The dried mugwort is rolled up tightly and wrapped in paper forming a long cigar-like stick. One popular use of moxabustion is for turning a breech baby. The moxa stick is applied to BL-57 (outside the baby toe) for 10-15 minutes a day. Moxibustion therapy should discontinue once the baby has turned. Moxibustion is also effective in treating menstruation cramps, often the cramps disappear immediately.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Well, the truth is you may feel a pricking sensation similar to a mosquito bite or a dull ache that quickly subsides. You also may feel nothing at all. It depends on the individual and the experience of the acupuncturist, but generally most people find it very comfortable, restful and relaxing.
What can I expect from my first appointment?
Your appointment will include a full diagnosis including tongue and pulse. Afterwards, we will discuss any questions you have then proceed with a treatment lasting from 20-45 minutes. The initial appointment can last from 1-1.5 hours. Most people go into a deep state of relaxation and may even fall asleep during the treatment.
Recommendations For Treatments
It is recommended that you have a small meal before having an acupuncture treatment. Drinking plenty of water for the rest of the day will help move your Qi and rid your body of toxins.