Oriental Medical theory explains that pain and disease are caused by either an imbalance or a blockage of the energy circulating through the body. Acupuncture restores balance to the flow of energy, returning the body to a healthy state.
In an acupuncture treatment, thin sterile needles are inserted at specific points on the body. These points are carefully selected by the acupuncturist according to the patient's signs and symptoms. Each treatment is tailored to the individual's needs. The acupuncture treatment corrects the imbalances and removes the blockages of energy, thus restoring the body to health.
Emphasis is placed on understanding and treating the underlying cause of each individual's imbalance. This holistic approach to health not only addresses physical complaints, but also emotional, environmental, and lifestyle conditions.
Modern Western medicine cannot explain how acupuncture works. Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is Deficient and away from where it is Excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In Chinese there is a saying, "There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow."
While Westerners are most familiar with the use of acupuncture for pain control and anesthesia, acupuncture also treats a wide variety of conditions. Many common disorders that we successfully treat with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are:
* Back and neck pain
* Auto accident injuries (whiplash)
* Carpal tunnel syndrome
* Arthritic pain
* Tennis Elbow
* Non-healing wounds and ulcers
* Addictions (tobacco, drugs etc.)
* Chronic Fatigue syndrome
* Conditions that modern medicine has deemed hopeless (these are my favorites!)