Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Oriental Medicine includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, body work, dietary therapy and exercise. These are all based on the theories and principles of Oriental Medicine.
Today Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are used as preventive care, health maintenance and treatment of disease or pain. The World Health Organization officially recognizes acupuncture as suitable for the treatment of many common clinical disorders.

What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine originated in China over three thousand years ago. Today Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are recognized throughout the world as an effective treatment for many disorders. Acupuncture helps to restore harmony and balance to the body by allowing the natural flow of energy and returning it to a healthy state. Acupuncture is a healing tool that can improve the body’s overall physical, emotional, and spiritual health and well-being. This is why Acupuncture is so effective.

How does Acupuncture work?
Oriental Medicine is based on an energetic model, rather than the western medicine biochemical model. The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. The energy is called QI (chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure of disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called meridians. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ.
Dis-ease is considered to come from a deficiency or imbalance of energy on the meridian or the associated physiological system. Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predicable effect upon the vital energy or Qi passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the meridians mapped by the ancients.
Traditional Oriental medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite Oriental medicine diagnosis. A treatment plan is formulated for a balanced state of health.

What does Acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases there is very little or no discomfort with needle insertion. Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection.
All needles are sterile and disposable for your safety.
You may experience a sensation of heaviness, warmth, a dull ache, or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments relaxing and may fall asleep during the treatment.

How many treatments will I need?
Many conditions can be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Oriental medicine. However, chronic conditions, which have arisen over a course of years, will be relieved with slow steady progress. Acute problems generally respond much faster.
As in any form of healing the patient’s attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome and course of treatment.
Although Oriental medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact your primary care physician.