Acupuncture -- A Natural Healing Art
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Although comparatively new in this country, Acupuncture dates back over 2,500 years making it one of the world's oldest systems of medicine. The object of Acupuncture is to enable the body/mind/spirit to heal itself. Acupuncture can enhance recuperative power and immunity, support physical and emotional health and improve overall function and health.
Health disorders are associated with an imbalance or blockage of a person's qi, (pronounced "chee"), also known as vital energy or life energy. To restore proper health, and provide lasting relief from symptoms, the original imbalance must be corrected. Acupuncture deals with the underlying cause of disease. It promotes improved balance and flow of life force energy which improves health and quality of life.
In Chinese medicine, after analyzing the health conditions affecting the patient, based a detailed history and examination, the practitioner determines any specific imbalance or blockage of qi that may be affecting the body. A detailed treatment plan is then formulated and updated with every treatment.
Qi travels within the body through pathways called meridians. These meridians are like rivers of life force energy that flow throughout the body and nourish organs much like rivers on earth nourish life wherever they flow. Each meridian is linked with a vital organ such as the heart, spleen, lungs, kidneys, and liver. On each of these meridians there are precise locations known as acupuncture points. These points are used to clear the imbalances and blockages of the life force energy. By treating the meridians at these points, blockages are cleared, balance and flow are restored, and the functioning of the corresponding organs are affected.
An Acupuncturist is trained to recognize each person's uniqueness and to assist them in realizing their full potential. Each person's treatment plan is tailor-made to fit their individual needs based on a through history and syndrome differentiation.
Treatment -- What To Expect
When considering having acupuncture treatments, some people are concerned about the needles. Their concerns are understandable given the large size of medical needles. Acupuncture needles are tiny (about the thickness of a human hair). There is usually very little discomfort when the needles are inserted. Pre-sterilized single use disposable needles are always used to eliminate the risk of infection.
There are many factors that influence the duration and frequency of treatment including the severity and duration of the complaint. Treatments are usually twice a week until noticeable improvement lasts throughout the week. Treatment is then reduced inline with the ongoing needs of the patient.
Acupuncture treats the whole person and each individual will respond differently. Some people feel relief of their symptoms right away. Others notice gradual improvement in their symptoms and general improvement in their overall state of health. Some people get what is called the acupuncture glow and feel revitalized physically and emotionally right away. For other individuals the changes are more subtle and are appreciated over time.
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