Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been gaining in popularity in recent years. They are among the oldest forms of medical treatment in continuous use, safe and effective for a variety of conditions.
The goal of Chinese medicine is to restore your body’s innate flow of energy; when that flow is restored, health and well-being are a natural outcome. The causes of disharmony are unique to each person and situation. As an acupuncturist, my primary responsibility is to discern and address the true cause of imbalance. Each person is unique; therefore, every treatment is as well.
What is Acupuncture?
The mechanism behind acupuncture’s effectiveness is simple and complex at the same time. Acupuncture helps to realign the body, mind and spirit for a perfect balance of wellness. Everyday stressors such as poor nutrition or not enough sleep can create imbalances in the flow of Qi (pronounced chee) throughout the body which may create systemic problems over time.
Acupuncturists diagnosis imbalances based on an individual’s health history, tongue diagnosis and pulse diagnosis. By looking at the tongue and checking the pulse, practitioners can ascertain what is out of balance with a patient. This often sounds like a weather report for the internal conditions of an individual. For example, someone may show too much heat or cold, too much dampness or not enough blood circulation. All of these clues help the acupuncturist create an individualized treatment protocol that includes acupuncture treatment, herbs, supplements and in many cases dietary recommendations.
During a treatment sterile, disposable, one-time use needles are inserted painlessly into “acupoints.” The points are chosen for their ability to rebalance the patient naturally and create harmony between body, mind and spirit. After treatment, patients often feel calmer, less stressed, less pain and greater equanimity.