Acupuncture is a highly effective system of medical care
based on the laws of nature. To understand the effectiveness
of acupuncture, it is helpful to first understand a few
things about our body’s core energy system. Qi (pronounced “chee”)
is the vital, life-giving energy found both in nature and in
the body. Qi animates the body and protects it from illness,
pain, and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the
quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Qi moves through the body in precise channels or pathways
called meridians which support all functions of the body,
mind and spirit. There are 14 main meridians inside the
body. Each of these is connected to specific organs and
Meridian pathways are like rivers flowing inside the body. A
river transports life-sustaining water and provides
nourishment to the land, plants, and people as it flows on
the earth. In a similar way, meridian pathways flow
throughout the body, transporting life-sustaining Qi and
providing nourishment to every cell, organ, gland, tissue
and muscle in the body.
An obstruction to the flow of Qi is like a dam. When Qi
becomes backed up in one part of the body, the flow becomes
restricted in other parts. This blockage of the flow of Qi
can be detrimental to a person’s health, cutting off vital
nourishment to the body, including the organs and glands.
When the Qi is moving disharmoniously, imbalance begins to
surface in the form of specific symptoms.
Physical and emotional traumas, stress, lack of exercise,
overexertion, seasonal changes, poor diet, accidents, or
excessive activity are among the many things that can
influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.
Normally, when a blockage or imbalance occurs, the body
easily bounces back, returning to a state of health and
well-being. However, when this disruption is prolonged or
excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, illness,
pain or disease can set in.
The gentle insertion of hair-thin acupuncture needles at
specific points along the meridian pathways balances the Qi
of the body to help restore harmony and vitality. The safe
and often painless insertion of needles can unlock the
obstructions and rebalance the Qi where it has become
unbalanced. Once this is done, Qi can freely circulate
throughout the body, providing adequate nourishment to
cells, organs, glands, tissues and muscles. This process can
eliminate pain and restore balance and harmony, as well as
invigorate the body’s natural ability to heal itself –
ultimately leading to optimal health and well-being.
The sensations that patients experience during acupuncture
vary according to each individual. Some patients do not feel
any sensations while other may feel a brief soreness or
heaviness in the area being needled. Some points are more
sensitive than others. Generally, patients describe the
sensations as fleeting and the treatment experience as
the needles safe?
Yes. The needles used are extremely thin, about the
thickness of two human hairs. Only sterile disposable
needles are used. They are used only one time and then
disposed of immediately. This eliminates any risk of disease
Chinese herbal medicine works?
Chinese herbal medicine is an important complement to
acupuncture treatments. In some cases, herbal medicine can
be the central healing modality. Chinese herbal medicine
uses natural substances to treat the whole patient. Over the
past 3,000-5,000 years, Chinese herbology has evolved into
an art form of its own. Ancient herbal information was
gathered, compiled, formulated, tested and handed down from
generation to generation. Today, practitioners of Chinese
herbal medicine continue to prescribe herbal formulas
because they are a powerful therapeutic method.
Chinese herbal medicine is based, in part, on working with
Qi and substance of the plants and herbs, helping the body
balance accordingly. It differs significantly from Western
pharmaceuticals in that pharmaceuticals can be synthetic or
taken from a part of an herb or plant, thereby increasing
its toxicity without the other properties in the whole plant
to create balance.
Chinese herbal medicine is formulated as a “poly-pharmacy.”
Individual herbs are combined in order to enhance their
actions and effects upon the body.
In order to create the most effective formula, the herbs are
used in different quantities and for different purposes.
This allows the herbalist to create a formula aimed at
addressing individual needs. Chinese herbal formulas
combined this way offer specific synergistic actions and
effects upon body, mind and spirit, which can be a powerful
and effective way to address symptoms and support the total
person. This combination increases the benefits of a
particular formula and minimizes any harmful side effects.
Chinese herbal medicine safe?
Yes. When prescribed and used correctly, Chinese herbal
formulas rarely cause unwarranted side-effects. And the
companies that manufacture the herbal products have strict
quality assurance standards. They select the highest quality
herbs and conduct the safest standards of production.
have to be ill to benefit from acupuncture?
Absolutely not. You need not have any symptoms to benefit
from acupuncture. Acupuncture was originally developed
thousands years ago as a way to maintain good health and
well-being. Many patients come for regular treatments to
achieve increased effectiveness and enjoyment in life.
Acupuncture can also be a powerful preventive measure to
keep you healthy throughout the year.
frequent treatments do I need?
Your health needs will determine the frequency of treatment.
Most patients begin acupuncture treatment to receive quick
relief from physical pain and discomfort or major emotional
struggles. If your symptoms are noticeable, frequent, and/or
have been long-term, you may benefit from consistent
treatments over a period of time. Depending on your unique
concerns, you may be encouraged to make frequent visits over
a period of weeks or months to promote sustained recovery.
Each visit builds on previous visits, paving the way toward
eliminating your problems and complaints. Your age,
lifestyle and the quality, quantity of your Qi determine
Once your immediate needs and underlying problems have been
addressed, you are encouraged to move to a maintenance
schedule of treatment. This type of care preserves the
initial progress you have made. Visits may be monthly or
seasonally. Preventive care strengthens your body’s
resistance, keeping you healthy, balanced and potentially
free from illness. Similar to preventative dental or
gynecological appointments, regular acupuncture visits often
ensure that small problems are treated before they become
happens during a treatment?
Acupuncture treatments vary. Most treatments involve the
insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body.
Other treatments include a variety of non-needle techniques,
such as moxibustion, cupping, Gua Sha and Tui Na massage.
Also, Chinese herbal therapies provide tremendous healing
and rebuilding potential that are critical for success in
treating chronic conditions.
acupuncture covered by insurance?
Please refer to Insurance section under New Paitents.