What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that uses insertion of needles to specific acupoints on the body. By stimulating appropriate Acupuncture points along meridians, the Chi (energy) is released and regulated, and the health is restored. In our practice Acupuncture is combined with Chinese medicine and Chinese herbal preparations. Since the late 1950's, doctors in China have used Acupuncture to relieve pain during major surgery. The patient is conscious and seems to feel little or no pain. That is known as Acupuncture Anesthesia all over the world.

The insertion of acupuncture needles stimulates acupoints and restores balance between two principal forces of nature called Yin and Yang. This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own health.

Acupuncture is now widely recognized in Western Medicine as a powerful means of pain control for ailments such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, sciatica, neck and back pain, etc.

Acupuncture therapy generally involves a series of weekly or biweekly treatments. A sequence of 10 treatments is fairly common. A general session includes an assessment of your current condition, the treatment itself, and a talk with tips on how to stay healthy. Generally, Acupuncture treatments are augmented with Herbs for maximal effect.

What is TCM?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has existed for about 5,000 years and became an established medical discipline around 2,500 years ago. Further development then gave rise to different specialities such as internal medicine, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, etc. Currently, in China, TCM is regarded as orthodox medicine and is an integral part of the national health care system. Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment has two basic components - Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology.

Acupuncture Studies

Studies have indicated that Acupuncture triggers signals in the nervous system to adjust the activities of the body's internal organs and changes the pain signals sent to the brain.

Researchers have shown that Acupuncture Increases the brain's production of natural painkillers called endorphins. These substances are morphine-like chemicals that influence the body's percetion of pain and make Acupuncture particularly effective in pain control.

In general Acupuncture has three major functions:

1. Controlling pain.
2. Strengthening the immune system.
3. Regulating the internal organs' functions.

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