Acupuncture is a method of promoting natural healing. While acupuncture is most commonly known for its use to in alleviating pain, the World Health Organization recognizes over 250 illnesses successfully treated by acupuncture. Acupuncture and acupressure have a long history of being successfully used for both chronic and acute conditions.
Thousands of years ago the Chinese sages discovered specific pathways, called meridians, that carry the vital life force or Qi through the whole body. Very simply put, illness, in acupuncture theory, is a blockage in energy flow. The ancient Chinese found that by effecting specific areas (acupuncture points) along these pathways, a person’s health and healing process could be influenced.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is energy medicine. It works with the meridian system which affects the other energetic systems of the body and is the interface between the various levels. Thus acupuncture affects body, mind and spirit. Qi, or the vital life force, is found only in living bodies. Acupuncture works to harmonize and nourish the flow of the vital life force through our being It clears blockages to allow a smooth flow of energy.
Acupuncture works to harmonize and support the health and well-being of the whole body by working with specific energetic areas on meridians. Meridians are pathways that carry the vital life force or energy to nourish all the organs, systems, and tissues and cells of the body.
Acupuncture clears blockages to allow a smooth flow of biochemical/electrical energy throughout the body to promote healing.
Through applying touch or special needles at appropriate points, which are determined through pulse diagnosis, acupuncture is essential to promote healing and relaxation, enhance immune function, rebuild energy, help restore good sleep patterns and to tonify and nourish the body at all levels.
How do acupuncture treatments feel?
Once the needles are in place, treatments are so relaxing that most people fall sound asleep, to awake feeling refreshed and renewed. One client, who comes for monthly “tune-ups”, refers to his sessions as acu-naps!
Deep relaxation puts us into the “rest and repair” mode of our nervous system, which is known as the parasympathetic nervous system. In this state of relaxation, the body’s healing mode is activated.
Is acupuncture covered by health insurance?
The good news is that many insurance companies cover acupuncture. Some companies cover acupuncture for pain-related illness or injuries but not for chronic health conditions. Check your policy before you come in for treatment. We will also call your insurance company to verify your benefits. Please bring your current insurance card on your first visit.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes over 250 illnesses successfully treated by acupuncture.
Among those included:
Arthritis & joint Problems
SciaticaEnhances recovery from injuries
Musculo-skeletal disorders Gastro-Intestinal disorders
Neurological disordersStress, fatigue, tension