Acupuncture is thousands of years old and has it's roots in Ayervedic medicine. It gained popularity in Ancient China and became an integral part of what is today known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Acupuncture is often initially sought out for it's ability to help relieve the "symptoms and signs" of a diverse array of health issues. Often times acupuncture ends up being the "last stop", when other more traditional methods of health care fail.
However, one of the beautiful things about this medicine is that it goes beyond the superficial, to address the underlying roots of the problem and not just their manifestation. But, that's not all. It gets even better. Acupuncture has proven not only effective as a reactive medicine for sick patients, it also can be a beneficial part of a proactive health regimen to keep you from getting sick in the first place!
Acupuncture is safe, natural, drug-free, and effective. The goal of acupuncture is to strengthen the self healing abilities of the body in order to create balance and ultimately good health.
The bodies energy or Qi (pronounced "Chee"), can become unbalanced in either an excess or a deficiency. This affects the bodies organ systems and their corresponding channel networks in a plethora of ways. Effects can range from something relatively benign like low energy or irritation, to life threatening conditions like heart disease and cancers.
The bottom line is that when Qi is flowing freely, we are healthy and when it doesn't, we are not. At the risk of over simplifying things, the acupuncturist helps to bring the bodies energetic system back into balance so the body can heal on it's own.
To live is to have Qi in every part of your body, to die is to be a body without Qi. For in order to be healthy the proper balance of Qi must be obtained; neither too much, nor too little. ~Classic text, Nan-Ching. 5th century B.C.
Some things that may throw your Qi out of balance are:
- Bad habits
- Poor sleep
- Chronic repetitive movements
- Physical and mental strain
- Poor diet
Eric Clark, your acupuncturist, uses the following modalities in treatment:
- Gwa Sha (a technique where a tool is used to create "sha" or bruising which releases toxins)
- Cupping (both with a pump and fire cupping)
- Other adjunct therapies
- Acupuncture needles
- Tui Na (Massage technique)
- Electro-acupuncture (Electrical stimulation)
- Moxa/mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) a heat therap
- Heat lamp
Here are some health concerns that have been successfully treated with acupuncture:
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome
- Chronic fatigue
- Common Cold
- Dental pain
- Digestive issues
- Emotional Problems
- Facial palsy
- Low Back Pain
- Menstrual irregularities
- Morning Sickness
- Reproductive problems
- Shoulder pain
- Sleep disturbances
- Smoking cessation
- Sore Throat
- Tennis Elbow
- Tooth Pain
- Trigeminal Neuralgia