Acupuncture is based upon a concept called tendinomuscular meridian theory. This theory explains that channels of blood and energy (Qi pronounced ‘chee’) flow through the body and are directly related to organs, tissues, and overall health. When our Qi is balanced we benefit from good health. Blocked Qi, however, results in disruption to this natural flow and causes pain, discomfort, and disease.
Acupuncture is based on thousands of years analysis and observation. It is accepted around the globe as a safe, effective and holistic complement or alternative to contemporary western medicine. The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has compiled a list of diseases and disorders in which acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment.
Acupuncture needles are different
Don’t worry, you can put those unsettling childhood memories to rest! Unlike the hollow hypodermic needles used in Contemporary Western Medicine, our acupuncture needles are so thin that our clients often report not feeling them at all. For those still wary of needles, we offer other alternative therapies such as Acupressure and Cupping.
How does acupuncture work?
Research suggests that the needling process, and other techniques used in acupuncture, may produce a variety of positive effects in the body and the brain. Since the effects of acupuncture are complex, there are several scientific theories on how it works. One such theory, explains that the therapy stimulates nerve fibers which then transmit signals to the body’s Central Nervous System, which is comprised of the spinal cord and the brain. The CNS then triggers the release of hormones responsible for making us feel less pain and over time improving overall health.
Cupping is an ancient Eastern technique favored in modern times as an alternative therapy for pain, body aches, sciatica, and more. As a form of acupressure, cupping can be used to improve the overall flow of stagnant Qi. Treatment involves the placement of small glass jars at various energy points on the body. Heat is used to create a suction between the skin and the jar which creates a partial vacuum that draws the blood to the surface improving blood and lymph circulation. Cupping is commonly used to treat specific respiratory illnesses (common cold, flu) and musculoskeletal conditions (upper and lower back, shoulder).
Talk with our expert staff to determine if cupping is necessary for you. It can be incorporated into your acupuncture visit, or scheduled as a separate treatment.