|With its roots in ancient China, acupuncture today is one of the world's predominant disciplines of primary medical care; safely providing pain relief and healing for over 25 percent of the earth's population.
Acupuncture stimulates a healing response by encouraging the flow of qi along meridians with the gentle insertion of extremely fine, flexible, and sterile needles. Since the needles are so thin (.25 to .30 mm. in diameter, about one tenth the width of a needle used for injection), there is very little sensation at the insertion point.
Sensations. at insertion and after. vary widely between individuals. Following insertion, there can be a localized dull ache or a warming sensation, even a sense of calm wherein many patients relax to the point of sleep.With roots in ancient China, today, acupuncture is one of the world's predominant disciplines of primary medical care; safely serving over 25 percent of the earth's population.
The human body is interconnected by energetic pathways, called channels or meridians. Along these channels are acupuncture points very specific to particular disease or imbalance in the body. Stimulation of acupoints sparks balance, regulation and strenghting of qi (vital lifeforce energy).
The World Health Organization of the United Nations has compiled the following list of some of the many conditions for which acupuncture is considered appropriate:
|Musculo-Skeletal and Neurologic: Arthritis neuralgia, sciatica, back pain, tendinitis, stiff neck, bursitis, trigeminal, neuralgia, Bell's palsy, headache, stroke, cerebral palsy, polio, sprains and strains.
Genito-Urinary and Reproductive: infertility, irregualr menses or menstrual cramps, PMS, pelvic inflammatory disease, morning sickness, vaginitis, impotence.
Infections: cold and flu, bronchitis, hepatitis
Internal disorders: diabetes, hypoglycemia, asthma, high blood pressure, ulcers, colitis, indigestion, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, constipation.
Ears, nose and throat: deafness, ringing in the ears, poor eyesight, dizziness, sinus infection, allergies, sore throat.
Dermatological: acne, herpes, eczema
Mental/Emotional: stress, insominia, anxiety, depression