Commonly Asked Questions...
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The classical Chinese medicine explanation is that there is a vital energy source in our body called qi. Qi flows along channels, called meridians, throughout the body and along its surface. When qi becomes obstructed along the meridians and imbalance is created. The points where qi is most easily accessible are acupuncture points. Needles are placed in the points to from the flow of qi. The body is more likely to function in harmony with surroundings once the energy is flowing smoothly.
What Are The Needles Like? Do They Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are as thin as hair on the head. They are usually made from stainless steel and are solid like hypodermic needles. Each needle is sterile and one use only to ensure safe treatment. Although everyone's experience is unique, most people report a pricking sensation or nothing at all.
What Medical Conditions Can Benefit From Acupuncture Treatment?
While acupuncture is often associated with pain management, in the hands of a well trained professional the practice has a much wider scope. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in treating a wide range of conditions including but not limited to:
Digestive disorders: gastritis, hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, and diarrhea.
Respiratory Disorders: Sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and recurrent URI.
Neurological and Muscular Disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, intercostal neuralgia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, and osteoarthritis.
Also gynecological, genitourinary, and reproductive conditions.