Acupuncture

Is acupuncture safe?

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Sterile disposable acupuncture needles used. They are used only one time and discarded. They are inserted into the skin and muscle layer. Occasionally after needle removal, a small drop of blood will appear at the needle insertion site. It is stopped with a cotton ball and wiped away.

 

Does it hurt?

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When the needle penetrates the skin there is a slight pinch; the needle is about as thin as a strand of hair. As the needle is carefully inserted until the practitioner feels the depth and sensation are correct, one may feel nothing, then a heavy or tingling sensation as the body begins to do its work moving and balancing. If the sensation is sharp or painful and does not subside, the practitioner will adjust the needle so that the pain will subside. Sometimes, when dealing with a situation of pain, the needle stimulation needs to be strong and the sensation will be more pronounced.

How does it work?

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By understanding the map of the meridian system at the skin layer and internally in the body, the practitioner chooses points to assist in the healing of a particular pain or dysfunction. When needles are inserted, endorphins, the body’s feel-good hormones are released, so most people feel relaxed and uplifted after a treatment. Also, the needles stimulate the release of nitric oxide, which opens the flow of the blood vessels.

Qi

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In Chinese terms, Qi ( pronounced "Chi" ) is the sensation felt when movement or heaviness occurs with needling.  Qi is the Chinese Mandarin word for  the circulating life force from which everything in nature is built, as in an atom or photon. The existence and properties of Qi are the basis of much of Chinese philosophy and medicine. The stimulation of Qi, goes beyond the surface meridian system, and is directed into the intended parts of the body, the body’s organs, emotions and the complex interactions between all the body systems.

What does acupuncture help?

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Acupuncture and herbs have been shown to be effective in treating most non-emergency disruptions in normal physiology, including, but not limited to:
• Preventative care
• Promoting a healthy pregnancy/delivery
• Respiratory conditions: cough, cold, flu
• Gastro-intestinal conditions: vomiting, IBS, diarrhea,    constipation, ulcerative colitis, nausea
• Stress
• Emotional distress
• Trauma: healing, pre- and post surgery
• Headaches, dizziness
• Insomnia
• Allergies
• Relieving Pain
• Hormonal imbalances
• Gynecological disorders
• And many more