Acupuncture was started in China over two thousand years ago as a method of treating health problems by inserting fine needles into the body at certain points. These points are specific to particular symptoms and illnesses and their locations have recently been confirmed through electromagnetic research.
Positive patient results by many practitioners have shown acupuncture to be safe and effective for many conditions, such as pain, stress and addiction recovery. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific acupuncture points to match the individual condition; these points are located along circulatory pathways, known as meridians and travel to neural pathways to create physiological change in the body.
There are hundreds of acupuncture points all over the body, including the scalp, ear, hands and feet. Many acupuncture points have multiple functions and can address more than one condition. Known by the ancient Chinese, these acupuncture points provide relief from symptoms and improve well-being.
Other traditional methods may be used with acupuncture or Non-Invasive Techniques may be used for patients hesitant with needles. For those interested in non-needle techniques, acupressure, cupping, moxibustion, electro-stimulation (TENS) and acupoint balls can be used to provide mild and safe treatments.
Stainless steel balls or seeds on small adhesives are taped onto particular acupuncture points. These provide mild stimulation of the point and the patient can stimulate the point with pressure throughout the day.
Acupressure is the use of point pressure on acupuncture points.
Glass or bamboo cups are used on various parts of the body. The glass or bamboo cups are suctioned onto the skin to help alleviate painful conditions, relieve a flu or cold, strengthen particular parts of the body, bring toxins to the surface, relax muscles, and circulate more blood to various areas needing attention.
Electro-stimulation is the use of light electrical stimulation on particular acupuncture points on the body. Only a gentle tapping is felt.
Moxa is a dried Chinese herb also known as mugwort or artemesia. This herb is burned and the smoke and warmth from it is used to facilitate blood circulation to benefit painful syndromes, flaccidity, atrophy, improve energy and strengthen a patient’s Qi.