auricularAcupuncture is the practice of insertion of fine needles into a variety of carefully determined points. These points often have no obvious relationship to the actual problem and can have a dramatic effect on the body. The needles are used to stimulate energy flow and restore balance within the body.

Acupuncture is an Eastern methodology of healing therapy that has been practiced for centuries in China and other Asian countries. It is designed to rebalance or unblock the flow of energy in the body penetrating the skin with thin, solid, stainless steel needles that are manipulated by hand. It is one key component to Traditional Chinese Medicine and is used in the prevention of disease and promoting a healthy life.

When receiving a treatment, the practitioner uses hair-thin, sterile needles inserted into a variety of anatomical points on the body. This stimulates the natural flow of energy. These points have been carefully documented over the centuries. In TCM, the “vital energy” is known as “Qi” (pronounced “Chee”; often written as Chi). The needling acts to restore the smooth flow of Qi in the meridians of your body. Acupuncture is known to increase energy, circulation, range of motion, relaxation, well-being, and immune function and may also decrease pain, fatigue, inflammation, stress, and anxiety. Needles will typically stay in place for 20 minutes, but depending on the individual can be in place up to 40 minutes.

Types of acupuncture practiced: traditional, auricular (ear)
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Acupuncture will treat many conditions in the body both physical and emotional.a needle
• Musculoskelatal: arthritis, fibromyalgia, sprains/strains, tendonitis, pain in extremities, back, shoulders, neck and TMJ
• Cardiovascular/circulatory: hypertension, high cholesterol, angina, palpitations,arteriosclerosis, anemia, and poor blood circulation
• Neurological: headaches, migraines, numbness, sciatica, dizziness, Bells Palsy, neuropathy
• Skin conditions: acne, eczema, rashes, psoriasis
• Psychological and stress related: anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, eating disorders and mood swings
• Respiratory: allergies, asthma, emphysema, sinusitis, bronchitis, common cold, flu, and cough
• Digestive: indigestion, acute or chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, colitis, gastritis ulcers, GERD, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Urogenital: urinary tract infections (UTI), difficult urination, sexual disfunction and prostatis
• Gynecological: irregular or painful menstruation, PMS, menopause, and infertility
• Detoxification & substance withdrawal: alcohol, nicotine, and prescription and illicit drugs
• Supportive therapy: reduces nausea, vomiting, and pain after adult post-operative, and chemotherapy, post-operative dental pain, and many other chronic conditions.

If you are pregnant, be sure to let your practitioner know. While it is safe to receive a treatment, there are certain points that have to be avoided in pregnancy.

According to the World Health Organization, it is still the main form of treatment for 80% of the population in Asia and Africa. In developed countries, 70-80% of the population has used some form of alternative or complimentary medicine.

“Over its 2500 years of development, a wealth of experience has accumulated in the practice of acupuncture, attesting to the wide range of diseases and conditions that can be effectively treated with this approach. Unlike many other traditional methods of treatment, which tend to be specific to their national or cultural context, acupuncture has been used throughout the world, particularly since the 1970s.”
~ World Health Organization