Classical Acupuncture is a complete medical system that has diagnosed, healed and prevented disease for some 3,000 years. It is founded on the principle that health depends on the balance of life force, called Qi. Too much, too little, or “stuck” qi will create an imbalance which eventually leads to illness. By addressing the underlying root causes of the imbalance, acupuncture assists nature in harmonizing the flow of qi. It can remedy ailments, but more importantly, correct those physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances that cause the symptoms to occur. The root cause of disease is therefore addressed, leading over time to restoration of health, enhanced immunity and emotional balance.
While acupuncture is often associated with pain relief, people find treatment relieves chronic illnesses such as arthritis and headaches as well as common allergies. Some people use it as a complementary support for standard medical interventions, chemo or radiation therapy. Others seek treatment to relive an emotional crisis. Acupuncture is also becoming the preferred choice for facial rejuvenation.
The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) list a number of diseases, which lend themselves to acupuncture. These include stress, arthritis, menstrual and menopausal disorders, sciatica, back pain, high blood pressure and addictions (including smoking). Because of its ability to enhance the immune system, a growing number of people are using treatments as a wellness or preventative care program. Many patients testify to feeling better in a general way and experience an improved quality of life.
The needles used in acupuncture treatments have no resemblance to hypodermic syringes. Made of the highest quality stainless steel, they are very slender, barely beyond the thickness of a human hair and are inserted just beneath the surface of the skin. Sensations, which last only seconds, vary from person to person and have been described as tingling, aching, warm or heavy. Needles are pre-sterilized and appropriately discarded immediately after use.