Acupuncture is a procedure that involves placement of hair-like needles into specific points of the body. These points are located throughout the body and placement is chosen dependent upon each person’s individual needs and presenting symptoms. These specific points are stimulated to increase blood and energy flow encouraging the body to promote natural healing by improving organ health, reducing pain, and restoring overall body functioning.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine certain energy patterns were noticed that run throughout the human body, this energy is termed Chi or “Qi” and it flows through channels known as meridians. These meridians flow through the body like a river nourishing organs and tissues. When the river becomes blocked due to stress on the system, improper diet and/or lifestyle, it acts as a dam and doesn’t allow the Chi/“Qi” to flow. This stagnation can result in pain, edema, constipation and a host of other ailments caused by an unbalanced system. Acupuncture can be utilized to re-balance the system and restore health.

Modern science attempts to explain how acupuncture works and theorizes that acupuncture needling of specific points stimulates the release of chemicals from the muscles, spinal cord and brain, decreasing the symptomatology of the disease. Several studies have been published regarding acupuncture’s role in pain reduction for Osteoarthritis, decreasing shortness of breath with patients diagnosed with respiratory disorders (COPD), treatment of infertility, and stress reduction for patients suffering from anxiety.

Acupuncture alone, or in combination with other naturopathic modalities, is a phenomenal way to help encourage the innate healing process of the body. It stimulates healing on many levels for a multiplicity of ailments that patients encounter.

Acupuncture is a fairly painless procedure and treatment time is approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the ailment, treatments may vary from one session to several and span over a six-week period in order to witness optimal results.

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