What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one the methods used as part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is a form of healthcare that has been practiced for over 2,500 years. Acupuncture is effective in treating numerous health conditions. Hair thin needles are inserted into specific points on the body to promote balance and healing. The sensations felt with the needles are not painful. The needles are sterile, stainless steel and disposable. A thorough patient history and physical examination are obtained and an Oriental medical diagnosis is established prior to treatment
The concept of “Qi” can be seen as the energy, or life force that runs throughout our bodies. When there is a disruption in the flow of Qi, health problems can arise. Acupuncture works by accessing the Qi at different points, restoring the flow and bringing the body back into a state of balance.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Herbal medicine works using the same principles as acupuncture. When prescribed by a licensed practitioner, herbs are safe and have few, if any, side effects. Herbs can be taken as teas, pills, or granules. Herbal formulas are tailored to suit the specific needs of the individual patient and may be made up of ingredients such as seeds, plants and roots.
Eastern and Western Medicine Together
In most cases, acupuncture and herbal medicine can be safely and effectively used in combination with western treatments including prescription medications.