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About Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China as early as 500 B.C. It has been utilized as a significant means of restoring and maintaining health in many countries ever since. Today we commonly hear about acupuncture as a means to stop smoking, to lose weight or help reduce pain, but acupuncture is so much more!

The following is a brief list of what Acupuncture has been proven in individual studies by the World Health Organization to be effective in treating:

low back pain

neck pain

sciatica

tennis elbow

knee pain

periarthritis of the shoulder

sprains

facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

headache

dental pain

tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction

rheumatoid arthritis

induction of labor

correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)

morning sickness

nausea and vomiting

postoperative pain

stroke

essential hypertension

primary hypotension

renal colic

leucopenia

adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy

allergic rhinitis, including hay fever

biliary colic

depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

acute bacillary dysentery

primary dysmenorrhea

acute epigastralgia

peptic ulcer

acute and chronic gastritis

Acupuncture treatment is based on the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Chinese Medicine each person has a network of energy channels or "meridians" that run through their body. One's health is dependent on the constant flow and circulation of energy or "Qi" ( pronounced 'chee') and nutrients through these meridians. Pain and illness are the result of blockages or disruptions in the flow of Qi in the body. Many things can cause blockages or disruptions: pathogens, stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, trauma, medications and their side effects. Acupuncture works by inserting needles into specific points on the body which stimulate blocked meridians and help to return the flow of energy to its normal state.