Acupuncture is a form of treatment used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that involves inserting very thin needles through a person’s skin at specific points on the body, to various depths. It is an effective and well known treatment for many ailments. It is recognized by the medical establishment as an effective treatment for many physical and emotional issues. In fact, it is being prescribed more and more often by Western physicians.  They often prescribe acupuncture to be used in conjunction with other types of Western medicine.

In Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture works to balance the body and mind while releasing natural pain fighting endorphins. It works to restore the flow of Qi, which is vital to good health.  It stimulates healing and improves the functioning of the immune system. Acupuncture also increases the flow of oxygen to all tissue in the body.  This promotes healing and helps keep the body resistant to and free from disease. Much like physical therapy, it helps injuries heal and relieves muscle tension caused by them.

Some of the ailments that can be eased or even cured with acupuncture include:

  • Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Frequent colds
  • Allergies
  • Headaches
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Digestive problems
  • Insomnia
  • Hypertension
  • Skin disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Infertility

Any ailment that causes stress on the body and mind can be alleviated through the use of acupuncture. For some, treatments can last up to one hour. The needles stay in approximately 20 minutes and may be heated. The needles stimulate the points along the body’s meridians and help to unblock the flow of Qi.

Once Qi is allowed to move freely again, relief can be felt by the patient. The release of endorphins, improvement in circulation, and increase in oxygen all work to help rid the body of toxins and restore balance. Restoring balance is the first and most important step to treating any ailment.

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