The most well known modality of Oriental Medicine is Acupuncture. Acupuncture is based on the theory that energy, or qi (pronounced chee), circulates throughout the body in channels called meridians, much like blood circulates throughout the body in arteries and veins. A healthy body is dependent on the free flow of this energy. When there is a blockage of this energy, pain or disease results. In an acupuncture treatment, a practitioner inserts tiny, sterile and disposable needles into specific points on the body to release these blockages of energy. By clearing these blockages, the body can restore it’s naturally fluid circulation of energy.
Since the concept of qi is somewhat new to the West, researchers have completed numerous studies to better understand the effects of Acupuncture using western medical concepts and terminology. The results of these studies show that acupuncture has a variety of beneficial health effects, including but not limited to activation of the Parasympathetic Nervous System (the relaxation response), improved circulation, improved immunity, and decreased pain responses. Acupuncture can can stimulate the brain to release specific hormones related to regulating the menstrual cycle and inducing labor or lactation, to help benefit a variety of women’s health issues. To see exactly what the World Health Organization and National Institute of Health say about acupuncture, click on the links below:
During an acupuncture session, our practitioners may include other treatments such as cupping therapy, gua sha, acupressure, or electro-stimulation to increase the efficacy of the treatment. If you are interested in trying cupping or gua sha therapy without acupuncture, we are happy to accommodate your desires. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to book an appointment.