Acupuncture

​Acupuncture returns the body to its natural state of balance and harmony

Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical, environmental, and mental stresses of life.

Traditional east Asian medical theory is based on a paradigm of medicine that understands that disease is a loss of balance of Yin, Yang, Qi, and Blood. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (qi or gases) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy (blood, fluids, and gases) is thought to flow.

 

These pathways work much like roads through a city. When the roads are clear, you get free movement and can reach your destination with ease. When there is traffic or an accident, there is congestion, starting at the pain point and traffic can no longer flow. On the opposite side of the congestion will often lie an empty area or deficiency that can be filled. Once the blockage is removed, the free flow can resume leaving the body able to repair any remaining damage and fill in the areas neglected during the congestion.

 

Acupuncture involves minimal pain and risk, placing fine, hair thin needles in specific areas of the body to help stimulate your body’s natural healing process.

 

Treatment of diseases and discomfort are designed to bring the body back into a homeostatic state by identifying and balancing patterns of disharmony within specific body systems. Encouraging and aiding the body and mind back to square one. 

Biomedical research of acupuncture has found that it functions through neurohormonal pathways and gasotransmitter regulation; acupuncture points have a higher electrical conductivity than surrounding tissue. When activated these highly specific points stimulate nerves and send an electrical signal through the pathways to induce specific physiological responses, such as gasotransmitter (example: Nitric Oxide) and microbiota regulation. These responses help to balance the body by stimulating regulatory systems, intensifying the healing process and modulating inflammation and pain. 

Many people feel a heightened sense of well being and comfort after acupuncture. Each treatment builds on the next promoting the body's ability to heal itself and allowing for lasting relief.

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more then one treatment is usually necessary. 

For more acute and mild to moderate conditions you can expect to need 6 to 12 treatments, typically you begin to feel relief after the first few sessions and then build and maintain the relief over time.
 

Chronic and more severe conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type of issues and the related factors. Consistent treatment within a longer treatment plan is needed over a series of months to stabilize and maintain better health and relief. 

Typically 4-8 sessions are recommended within the first 2-3 weeks of  your treatment plan then the frequency is adjusted according to your progression after the initial series.

Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

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