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Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine used for the treatment of disease and restoration of health within the body. Incredibly thin needles are used to stimulate acupuncture points which correspond to vital areas within the body such as organs and nerve centers. The needles only penetrate the thin outermost layer of the skin and typically cause minimal to no pain when placed.

Acupuncture treatment is most effective when the treatments work towards cumulative healing. It can also be an effective form of preventative medicine. The system of acupuncture was developed in Chinese medicine and has been used for thousands of years. The acupuncture points lie along the channels of energy that flow through the body called the meridians. Stimulating the points creates a multitude of different responses from the nervous system, the organs, blood flow, and hormonal production.

What To Expect During Your Visit

Your initial visit to see an acupuncturist will begin by filling out an intake form, providing your medical history, and describing the conditions for which you are seeking treatment. The acupuncturist can then begin to assess your health and determine a specialized treatment plan for you.

They may want to know about your diet, lifestyle habits, past treatments, sleeping patterns, and emotional health. They may feel your pulse in order to collect additional information on the state of your body’s health. They may conclude this initial examination by looking at your tongue and observing the color and texture.

Throughout the session, they may observe your overall disposition and expressions as a way to further understand your energetic and emotional balance. This can help them to figure out which meridians are overactive or underactive.

With all of the information gathered they will begin to determine which points need to be stimulated in order to create balance and harmony. They will select a combination of acupuncture points as well as determine the sequence in which to stimulate them. A session can last up to two hours. Much of the time will be spent placing the needles and then relaxing as they work on your energy.

What Acupuncture Can Treat?

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Each acupuncture point elicits a different response from the body and corresponds to a variety of conditions. Some common conditions it may help include chronic pain, back problems, muscle spasms, headaches, migraines, neck pain, frozen shoulders, carpal tunnel, arthritis, digestive issues, depression, anxiety, asthma, and allergies.

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  • It can help reduce the amount of stress and tension you feel in your body.
  • It can help relieve chronic pain, including pain in the neck, shoulders, back, hips and jaw.
  • It can reduce the number of headaches you experience or work to resolve chronic migraines.
  • It may be able to increase your energy levels, enhance mental clarity, and bring emotional balance.
  • It may be able to clear up digestive problems.