Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is over 3,000 years old. It is a comprehensive medical system that assesses a patient’s physical, emotional and spiritual well being. This is done by observation of the patient’s tongue, face and body shape, by feeling pulse positions on the wrists corresponding to organs systems and by asking the patient questions. The practitioner is looking for a root cause which disrupts the vital energy flow in the body and creates an imbalance or disease process. When the imbalance is determined the acupuncturist uses various techniques to restore proper energy flow and well being. These techniques include needling points along meridian lines, cupping, (the use of suctions cups which release tight muscles on the back, neck and legs), moxibustion, (the burning of little cones of mugwort plant on needles or on the skin), gua sha, (the use of a tool such as a soup spoon to scrape an area of skin to ease muscular tension and promote blood flow), tuina, (hands on massage) and prescription of herbal remedies. Together they rebalance and restore optimum qi flow.
Most people find acupuncture relaxing. The needles are extremely fine and are not considered painful.
It is becoming common for people to seek out acupuncture to ease musculoskeletal pain and promote healing after injury. It is not as widely known that this amazing medicine can treat so many other conditions such as insomnia, headaches/migraines, infertility and gynecological disorders, depression and anxiety and GI disturbances. Acupuncture can be used for personal growth and as preventative medicine. Some patients come seasonally for a tune up to maintain good health.