What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture consists of the gentle insertion of fine, sterile, disposable needles into strategic points on the surface of the body. These points, which are quite effective in treating disease, have been mapped by the Chinese scholars over a period of two thousand years.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that health is the result of a harmonious balance of energy and the balance of complementary extremes known as “yin” and “yang” and the life force known as “qi,” pronounced “chi.” Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridiens and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.
Sickness and Illness is a result of an imbalance of these forces.
Many understand the correlation of yin yang and the qi life force as a description similar to how nervous system pathways and our hormones functions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has been a wonderful holistic approach to health and healing. The goal of treatment is to help encourage the body to find healthy energy balance.
Acupuncture and Modern Medicine
Whether you understand it as meridian points in the body or changing the flow of energy through the body, or as modern medicine describes it, studies show that acupuncture can affect our bodies and relieve pain, symptoms of illness and elevate mood.
Acupuncture for Kids
For children, we most often use acupuncture for back pain, neck pain, headaches and stomach aches. Additionally, acupuncture has shown to be effective in disorders like digestive issues like colic, IBS or constipation.
Acupuncture can also be used on kids who experience nausea, anxiety or showing signs from high stress. Additional symptoms and chronic issues that acupuncture has been shown to be effective with are ADD/ADHD, autism, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, migraines, seizures and other chronic illnesses too.
The Benefits of Acupuncture
In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) has listed a number of conditions in which they say acupuncture has been proven effective.
- high and low blood pressure
- chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
- some gastric conditions, including peptic ulcer
- painful periods
- allergic rhinitis
- facial pain
- morning sickness
- rheumatoid arthritis
- tennis elbow
- dental pain
- reducing the risk of stroke
- inducing labor
- post-operative convalescence
- substance, tobacco and alcohol dependence
- spine pain
- stiff neck
- vascular dementia
- whooping cough, or pertussis
- Tourette syndrome
Learn more about our Acupuncture expert: Elena Dementyeva