What is Acupuncture???

How can a few tiny little needles help me?  Does it hurt?  What is a meridian?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses the use of Acupuncture, cupping therapy, moxibustion and Herbal Medicines.  The practice of TCM goes back as far as 5000 years according to some sources.  While the practices and techniques have evolved, TCM has held fast to it's theories. 

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Breaking it down, acupuncture treatment is aimed at restoring balance within the body.  There are 12 main meridian pathways that run along the surface of the body that correlate with your internal organs.  These meridians are named for the organ they "belong to".  This is not to say that all the acupuncture points along a given meridian are only intended to treat that particular organ.  (It's getting a little weird, I know)... Long story short, when the energy or "qi" of an organ system is disrupted or stagnated, the overall balance is disturbed which leads to disease or less than optimal health, which will manifest itself in a number of ways.

An Acupuncturist will discuss at length with the patient all of their complaints.  The acupuncturist will take into consideration the patient's symptoms, their medical history and previous treatments and outcomes.  She will then look at the tongue and feel the pulse.  She will ask about diet, stress, habits and more questions to put the pieces of the puzzle together to determine what is happening in your body.  Once the clinician has determined the cause of your problems acupuncture treatment will commence.  Needles are inserted into various points in order to unblock any congested energy or to support the function of a particular organ system.   Acupuncturists in California undergo years of special training.  Dr. Pierce's Acupuncture and Chiropractic Education.

Sound crazy, but this is how it has been done for thousands of years, and for thousands of years is has worked.  People get better.

Treatment may include Herbal Medicine as well.  Herbal treatment is carefully determined by your practitioner.  Herbs are generally safe, but if they are taken incorrectly can cause you serious harm, which is why it is best left to the professionals, not the local health food shelves.

And no, it generally doesn't hurt. The needles are extremely thin. You may feel a small pinch as the needle tip enters the skin, and perhaps a heavy sensation or pressure around the area of the needle, but not pain. The needles are solid, contain no medication and are only used once.

Acupuncture and TCM can help those suffering from back pain, headaches, TMJ pain, menstrual cramps, stress, carpal tunnel sydrome and more.  This safe and effective treatment has helped millions of people without harmful side effects.  Alone or in combination with Chiropractic treatment, your body can heal itself without dangerous drugs or procedures. 

Thousands of years of human experience speaks for itself.   

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