What is Acupuncture?
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Acupuncture is probably the best known branch of Traditional East Asian Medicine here in the west. Utilized and refined over several thousands years in China, Japan, and other countries; it has been utilized to successfully treat all manner of diseases and disorders from muscle pain and infections, to many internal conditions.
Acupuncture is performed by inserting tiny filiform pins in designated points in the body to achieve a specific result. An example of some of these points can be seen in the figure to the right. All the pins are sterilized and disposable.
How Can Acupuncture Help Me?
The World Health Organization* has identified numerous conditions for which acupuncture has demonstrated benefit based on research and/or clinical experience. See below for a small sample:
*For More information on the WHO and other research on acupuncture, please look under "Client Resources" under "Research."
What is Acupuncture & How does it work?
You say you have a problem,
but what is the root of that problem?
You say there is illness,
but what imbalance allowed it to manifest?
Although many people consider East Asian Medicine to be in conflict with Western (allopathic) medicine they are actually two sides of the same coin. The chief difference is one of perspective and philosophy. Read more.
Q: Does Acupuncture Hurt?
A: Acupuncture pins are hair-thin and virtually painless.
Let's face it. Many of us have needle phobia from past immunizations and blood work. However, acupuncture pins have little resemblance to the needles we experienced in the allopathic doctor's office. I've even had patients who have had to be held down or fainted during immunizations who have little problem receiving acupuncture.
Many people don't feel the pins go in at all. Other individuals might feel a slight sensation upon entry which quickly dissipates once it is in.
There are also many different styles of acupuncture. Someone in China recovering from a stroke may have a more aggressive approach than the gentle meridian style of Japanese acupuncture.
Overall, most people find acupuncture to be a deeply relaxing and balancing experience.
Acupuncture is not the only way to work with acupuncture points. Moxa is a traditional Oriental Medicine technique that brings physical warmth and energy to certain acupressure points with the intent of supplementing deficiency in the body and giving more energy. Studies with cancer and HIV patients have shown that it also significantly increases immunity in the body.