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.

 

Our approach to the treatment of diseases and discomfort is 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 into balance. 

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 wellbeing 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 than one treatment is usually necessary. 

For acute and mild to moderate conditions you can expect to need a treatment series of 8-10 treatments over 4-5 weeks, typically you begin to feel relief after the first few sessions and then build and maintain the relief over time.
 

Chronic and more severe and complex conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type of issues and related factors. Commonly, care plans for chronic health conditions include 20-40 acupuncture treatments over the course of 3-6 months.  Customized herbal plans are often incorporated into our comprehensive care plans with acupuncture. Consistent treatment within a longer treatment series is needed over a series of months to stabilize and maintain better health

and long term benefit and relief. 

Treatment plans to maintain general well-being are also offered, as well as, preventative treatments on an as-needed basis.

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