Acupuncture is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that originated more than 5,000 years ago. It is an effective form of health care that resolves painful conditions by decreasing inflammation and facilitating a free flow of qi (chi or vital energy).
Acupuncture promotes healing by enhancing immunity and strengthening recuperative powers to benefit emotional and physical health. In addition to acupuncture, we provide acupressure, moxibustion (an herbal treatment), cupping, gua sha, qigong and herbal medicine.
Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture are:
- Chronic pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Menstrual cramps
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical challenges.
What is an acupuncture treatment?
Acupuncture is a technique that has been practiced in many parts of Asia for thousands of years. It is considered a part of traditional Chinese medicine. The purpose of acupuncture is to balance the life force energy known as qi through the insertion of fine metal needles into specific points in the skin. Sometimes the needles are stimulated by hand or by electrical stimulation.
Does acupuncture help with pain?
According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health, results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease many types of pain such as low-back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches.
Additionally, clinical practice guidelines issued by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians in 2007 recommend acupuncture as one of several nondrug approaches physicians should consider when patients with chronic low-back pain do not respond to self-care (practices that people can do by themselves, such as remaining active, applying heat and taking pain-relieving medications).