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Acupuncture

There is perhaps no other alternative therapy in this country that has received more attention or gained acceptance more quickly than acupuncture. Each year more and more Americans visit their local acupuncturist to obtain treatment for such diverse ailments as arthritis, bladder infections, back pain, headaches and morning sickness. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of Chinese medicine.

It is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”), the vital life energy present in all living organisms. Qi flows through a network of connecting energetic pathways that link together the entire body. Any blockage, misdirection or declination in the flow or balance of Qi may result in pain, dysfunction or ill health.

During an acupuncture treatment very fine, solid pre-sterilized disposable needles are inserted at specific points just below the surface of the skin along these energetic pathways. The points are specifically chosen for each patient based on their symptoms and constitution. Qualified practitioners stimulate the pathways to promote circulation, move blockages, strengthen the body and restore its balance. When the balance of qi is re-established, pain and disorders recede, and the body begins to heal itself.

Acupuncture's effectiveness is well documented and its scope of healing extends far beyond mere pain management. Scientific studies have shown that acupuncture:

  • effects both the central and peripheral nervous systems
  • regulates hormones
  • releases endorphins and enkephalins (the body’s natural pain killers)
  • influences the production of neurotransmitters
  • promotes cellular repair
  • enhances immunity
  • relaxes muscles
  • increases circulation
  • calms the nervous system

Because acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing ability, most conditions can be corrected or improved. Many people whose illnesses have not responded to more conventional forms of treatment have found relief and cure from acupuncture.
 

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