Acupuncture works with “Qi” which is the Chinese concept that is sometimes translated as vital energy or life force. All living things have Qi. The Chinese idea is that we are not simply physical beings, but we have energy that runs through our bodies along certain pathways or meridians. When energy is not flowing smoothly, symptoms occur. The acupuncture needles help the Qi flow so that the body can heal itself.
Acupuncture treats not only the symptoms of illness, but also the constitution of the individual person to address the ways that each person tends to go out of balance and the underlying causes of illness or pain. Acupuncture can be helpful with acute illnesses, such as common colds and flu, as well as with a variety of chronic conditions. Some conditions can be addressed relatively quickly with Chinese medicine; others which are severe or have taken years to develop may take more time. Chinese medicine is particularly effective as preventative medicine, as it can diagnose and treat imbalances in the body before they turn into physical symptoms. Receiving an acupuncture treatment at each seasonal transition is traditionally recommended for maintaining optimal health.
The acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible. You may feel a slight prick as the needle is inserted, but other than that there is usually no pain. As the Qi moves in the meridian, sometimes you may experience an aching or a tingling, sometimes you won’t feel anything. Only sterile disposable needles are used. Needles are never reused, so there is no risk of infection.
For children and adults who are hesitant about the needles, I use acupressure and other painless hands-on techniques to move the Qi without needles.
Chinese Medicine can be helpful in the following conditions, as well as many others-
- Respiratory: allergies, asthma, sinusitis, colds and flu
- Musculo-skeletal: injuries, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia
- Mental health: anxiety, depression, stress
- Urinary: urinary tract infections, prostate disease, kidney stones, incontinence
- Cancer: supportive treatment while undergoing radiation or chemotherapy, stress reduction, nausea, peripheral neuropathy
- Cardiovascular: hypertension, high cholesterol, palpitations
- Dermatology: acne, eczema, hives, psoriasis, poison ivy
- Digestive: pain, bloating, nausea, IBS, Crohn's Disease, diarrhea, constipation, diverticular disease, GERD, hemorrhoids, gall bladder disease, peptic ulcer
- Ears and Eyes: ear infection, glaucoma, vertigo
- Neurological: Headache, MS, neuropathy, shingles