7 Styles of Acupuncture:
An Introduction

Acupuncture Holds
the Test of Time

Acupuncture is a medical treatment that is over 5,000 years old. More people have benefited from acupuncture over time (throughout twenty-five hundred years, twelve Chinese dynasties and millions of patients) than the combined total of all other healing methods, both ancient and current.

Acupuncture views the body as an intricate system of organs connected by pathways known as meridians. Good health depends upon the smooth flow of energy, or Qi , through these meridians. When the flow of Qi is blocked or disrupted, pain and illness are the result. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of Qi by inserting fine, hair-like needles at specific points along the meridians. As the flow of Qi returns to normal, health and well-being are gradually restored.

Acupuncture Treatments

A general rule of thumb is that acupuncture can treat anything that has not caused gross organ changes. However, this is not a hard and fast rule. Usually anything that western medicine cannot treat well, oriental medicine does.

Acupuncture needles are very thin and are all pre-sterilized, individually packed and disposable to avoid infections. Most people receive an acupuncture treatment lying down. We will guide you and help you relax in order to receive the most benefit from treatment.

The needles are as thin as human hair and are tapped in through a tiny tube and in body for 25 to 30 minutes. Acupuncture needles, unlike hypodermics, are hair thin and flexible, thereby permitting a painless insertion. Most patients go into a state of deep relaxation and some even fall asleep due to the endorphins which are released during the treatment. In areas where the muscles are especially tight, electrodes may be attached to the needles. The electrical current provides a steady vibration to the tight muscles which feels like a gentle massage.

Acupuncture treatments may last from 20 to 30 minutes on average. Patients have described the sessions as pleasant and relaxing. Our clinic uses only disposable needles that are discarded after each treatment. This eliminates the possibility of contamination and disease transmission.

Acupuncture Benefits

Acupuncture promotes natural healing, prevents illness and improves well-being. It is effective for physical, psychological and emotional problems and is used not only as a preventative medicine, but as a drug free treatment. Studies indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous systems. Evidence shows it releases endorphins from the brain, which makes acupuncture particularly effective in pain control. Among a host of factors, acupuncture positively affects sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the activity of the endocrine system.

Other benefits include:

  • pain relief
  • immune system enhancement
  • heart rate and blood pressure regulation
  • greater physical strength
  • increased energy and vitality
  • stress reduction and deep relaxation
  • younger appearance (skin rejuvenation)
  • weight stabilization
  • addiction control
    (alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs)