What is acupuncture?

 

Acupuncture is a treatment method where sterile, disposable, very fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body. These points are  located along areas of the body called meridians and these meridians then correspond to a Chinese system of organs. What gives life to these various aspects is Qi and Blood. Qi is considered the underlying force, the spark to all life.

 

Acupuncture is part of an ancient medical system, but if we look at it through the lens of modern medical science, these points, meridians and organs correspond to the fascial connections of the body, the physiologic function of organs. Science can explain the development of cells that then develop into a baby but can't explain the miracle of life, it can measure, modify and manage the various functions of our organs but why the genes know when and how to modify to create these amazing organs and stop growing in the first place is still not well understood. An acupuncturist would argue that Qi is responsible for all of that and that the Blood is what helps to nourish this process.

 

Ultimately, in acupuncture, we look at the patient and the body as a whole, recognizing the connection of structure, function and movement.

Conditions Treated

 

(please note that this list is not comprehensive, this is just a sample of what acupuncture has clinically been shown to treat)

  • acute and chronic gastritis

  • acute bacillary dysentery

  • acute epigastralgia

  • adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy

  • allergic rhinitis, including hay fever

  • biliary colic

  • correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)

  • dental pain

  • depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

  • essential hypertension

  • facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

  • headache

  • induction of labor

  • knee pain

  • leucopenia

  • low back pain

  • morning sickness

  • nausea and vomiting

  • neck pain

  • peptic ulcer

  • periarthritis of the shoulder

  • postoperative pain

  • primary dysmenorrhea

  • primary hypotension

  • renal colic

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • sciatica

  • sprains

  • stroke

  • tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction

  • tennis elbow

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