Acupuncture is based upon a simple idea: we experience illness because energy is not moving freely through our body. The type and severity of this illness is determined by the amount and type of blockage in this energy flow. Energy in Chinese medicine is called “Qi”, pronounced “Chi”. When the “Qi” is balanced and proper flow is reestablished, there is an overall increase in your sense of well-being.
Studies on acupuncture have found it to work significantly better than placebo, and often better than medications. It has been shown to be effective for arthritis, headaches, low back pain, menopausal hot flashes, allergies, fibromyalgia, any pain, nausea, menstrual cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, addiction and stroke rehabilitation. In addition to the above conditions, acupuncture is useful for the treatment of digestive disorders, depression, anxiety, insomnia, infertility, and adjudicative cancer therapy.
Acupuncture uses fine, sterilized disposable needles. The insertion of the needles is relatively painless, and some patients do not feel them going in. Patients have described the feeling of the needles as heaviness, distention, or tingling. This sensation may be felt at the location of the needle and/or up or down the energy channel.
Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with Chinese herbal formulas. The use of herbal teas has been studied and developed in China for millennia. Today, that centuries old knowledge is used in conjunction with modern research in the actions of these herbs. Each herbal prescription is specifically formulated to treat the individual.