What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine based on ideas and theories formulated over thousands of years to balance and maintain health in a natural way. The process uses fine needles that are inserted into specific sites on the body chosen according to the guiding principles of Traditional Oriental Medicine. Where the needles are inserted encourages the body to begin its natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical and emotional health and improves overall function and well-being. These needles can also be used with a heat source such as moxibustion, which is an herbal heat source. Or sometimes, an electrical pulse is combined with the needles for increased stimulation.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is used for a broad range of health issues. These conditions can be chronic and degenerative diseases, and also acute conditions and pain. Acupuncture can enhance the immune system through strengthening or moderation. Some of the conditions that can be treated with acupuncture include:
- Facial Pain
- Neck Pain
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)
- Shoulder Pain/Frozen Shoulder
- Back Pain and Low Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Automobile and Sports Injuries
- Tendonitis/Tennis Elbow
- Allergies, Respiratory Diseases
- Smoking Cessation
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Digestive System Problems
What is an Acupuncture Treatment Like?
Acupuncture has been referred to as a slight sensation resembling a pinch or a mosquito bite when the needle is inserted. Once the needles are inserted it is possible to feel a slight tingling, numbness, or heaviness in the area while the point is being stimulated. These are positive signs that the needles are affecting the acupuncture point. Usually, you will be lying on a comfortable padded table or in an easy chair. Often, people become very relaxed and fall into a light sleep during the session.