What Conditions does Acupuncture Treat?
Ear, Nose & Throat – TMJ, Common Cold, Earaches, Sinusitis, Toothaches
Respiratory – Colds, Flu, Asthma, Bronchitis, Allergies
Musculoskeletal – Low Back pain, Sacral pain, Elbow pain, Frozen shoulder, Sciatica, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Neck Pain
Fibromyalgia – Helps to increase energy and reduce overall body pain.
Insomnia – Helps in supporting a balanced sleep cycle
Gastrointestinal – Stomach Pain or Indigestion, Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), Nausea, Gallbladder Pain, Colitis, Food Allergies, No desire to eat
Urogenital Disorders – Enlarged Prostrate, Incontinence, Nocturia (night time urination), Bladder Infections, Yeast Infections
Gynecological Disorders – Menstrual Irregularity, PMS, Fertility (Women and Men) Endometriosis, Menopausal Symptoms
Pregnancy and Postpartum – Turning of inverted fetus with moxa, Acid Reflux and Heartburn, Low back pain, Postpartum depression, reduction of pain from c-section
Mental/ Emotional – Depression, Anxiety, Stress Related Disorders, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorders), Anorexia, Bulimia
Neurological – Headaches, Migraines, Post Stroke – all symptoms, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Dizziness, Tinnitus
Detoxification from Addictive Substance – Alcohol, Food, Drugs, Caffeine,
Obesity and Weight Control – Helps with metabolism and cravings
Cardiovascular Care – Supports balanced blood pressure
Preventative Care – Enhances the immune system to increase health and vitality
Acupuncture is a complete medical protocol
From its inception more than 2,500 years ago, Acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health.
Acupuncture is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. The traditional explanation for acupuncture’s effectiveness is that it modifies the flow of energy (known as Qi or chi) throughout the body. In the West, most focus has been on the pain-relieving effect. However, traditionally it is acupuncture’s role of balancing energy to address a wide range of disorders, and subtle mechanisms that are responsible for its overall benefits to health.
The balance of yin and yang
Traditional Chinese Medicine (also know as TCM) explains that health is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of Yin and Yang Qi. Yin and Yang is the concept of duality forming a whole. We encounter examples of Yin and Yang every day. Yin and Yang represent the two opposite principles in nature. Yin characterizes the feminine, the moon, cold, dark, passive, deep. Yang stands for the masculine, the sun, hot, bright, active movement. Yin and Yang are never static or two separate entities. The nature of yin/yang lies in interchange and interplay of the two components. They rely on each other, and they can’t exist without each other.
The balance of yin and yang is important in Acupuncture and Herbal medicine. Energy, known as “Qi,” is said to flow through meridians (pathways) in the human body. Through 350 acupuncture points in the body, these meridians and energy flows are accessed. Illness is said to be the consequence of an imbalance of these forces. When needles are inserted into the acupuncture points using appropriate combinations the flow of energy can be brought back into proper balance. Western science believes that acupoints are places on the body where nerves, muscles and connective tissue gather and can be stimulated. The stimulation may increase blood flow while at the same time triggering the activity of our own body’s natural painkillers.
The meaning of Qi in simple terms is energy, but it’s true definition is more complex. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is Qi that promotes metabolism and generates energy, it defends against disease and consolidates and governs the function of organs and body. There are three sources of Qi (Energy). You are born with Qi that is transmitted to you at conception from your parents. The other two sources of Qi are obtained from food and liquids we ingest and from the air we breathe. The energy derived from our environment through such processes as nutrition and respiration, is converted into an absorbable form by certain organs, and is stored in the body and distributed throughout the body in an organized system of channels called the meridians.