Acupuncture

Definition

Acupuncture is an ancient, holistic medicine that helps to bring one's body back into health and balance by using fine, sterile needles to redirect and realign the energy pathways of the body.

Origin

Although some Chinese texts reference acupuncture as having been in existence for several thousand years, no one really knows exactly how long it has been in use. However, it is widely believed to have originated in China at least 2000 years ago and to have later spread to other parts of Asia, then to Europe and eventually to the west.

Basics

While acupuncture is not a replacement for western medical care, it is very effective in treating many conditions and in supporting allopathic medicine. It provides a safe, drug free method for addressing illness as its principle is to encourage one’s own body to come back into balance.

Several modalities of treatment fall under the description of acupuncture including; needling, cupping, gua sha, electrostimulation, acupressure, energy work and Asian bodywork.

  • Needling
    • The insertion of fine, sterile needles into the body for the sake of harmonizing and rebalancing the body’s energy.
  • Cupping
    • Glass or plastic cups placed on the body using a vacuum technique for the purpose of drawing out stagnation, pain or unwanted energy from the body, or for the purpose of tonifying the body, depending upon the technique utilized. (Note- this technique often leaves marks and may also cause bruising).
  • Gua Sha
    • A method of scraping the more superficial tissues of the body for the purpose of removing stagnation, pain or unwanted energy. (Note - this technique often leaves marks and may also cause bruising).
  • Electrostimulation
    • A technique of applying very small currents of electricity to acupuncture needles for the purpose of re-directing the body’s energy.
  • Acupressure
    • The method of applying manual pressure to specific acupuncture points on the body in place of the use of needles or as an adjunct to needling technique.
  • Energy Work
    • Techniques for drawing unwanted energy away from the body or for drawing desirable energy into the body through the use of directed mental intention and connection to higher consciousnesses of light and grace.
  • Asian Bodywork
    • A form of manual therapy that incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine principles and the techniques of pushing, rolling, kneading, pinching and grasping to help release blocked energies and pain from the body.

An acupuncture treatment may involve any one of these methodologies or any combination of them, depending upon the treatment plan devised.

Acupuncture is recommended for a wide variety of conditions including, but not limited to:

  • Neck, Back, Shoulder and Generalized Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Bell’s Palsy and Stroke Recovery
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Infertility
  • Fibroids, Endometriosis and Menopause
  • Digestive Issues
  • Headaches
  • Asthma or Allergies
  • Edema
  • Neuropathy
  • PTSD
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Low Energy or Chronic Fatigue
  • Shingles
  • Acid Reflux

Style

There are many styles of acupuncture, often tied to cultural and familial lineages and each has its own philosophy regarding best method or approach to treatment. Despite these stylistic differences, all have the same, core Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles at the center of their teaching. Most practitioners know a wide range of methodologies and each practitioner then develops their own personal preference as to which styles or methodologies to incorporate when.

What is important to note is that there is not a one-size-fits-all model. A patient may receive very different types of treatment from different practitioners for the same condition or even from the same practitioner on different days. This is because we are constantly changing and evolving, as are the seasons and conditions around us, and our needs vary from day to day so treatments will be tailored to what is best for each person, on each occasion, per practitioner.

Potential Benefits

  • Reduced Pain
  • Increased Energy
  • Reduced Tension
  • Improved Metabolism
  • Improved Circulation
  • Reduced Stress
  • Reduced Anxiety

Offerings

  • Acupuncture (age 8+)
  • Cupping
  • Guasha
  • Electro Stimulation


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