What Is Acupuncture? Acupuncture and East Asian medicine have been in use for over 2,000 years. One of the foundations of Oriental medicine is the belief that each person, each living thing, has “qi” (pronounced “chee”) ---a life energy. Qi flows through the body in energy streams known as meridians, which are related to hundreds of points on the skin. These points are known as acupoints. Pain or illness can result when blockages occur in the meridians and the flow of qi is inhibited. Acupuncture is the strategic placement of ultra-thin (think a hair’s width) needles in the acupoints that correspond to the patient’s condition. The goal of an acupuncture appointment is to renew the healthy flow of qi and restore the body to balance.
What Can Acupuncture Help? The following are illnesses found on the World Health Organization list of conditions that can be helped by acupuncture. These are just some of the disorders: Insomnia Anxiety Headache and Migraine Trigeminal Neuralgia Paresis following Stroke Bell’s palsy Meniere’s Disease Sciatica Disc Problems Muscle Pain, Swelling, Localized Traumatic Injuries, Sprains, Strains, Tendonitis, and Contractures Arthritis Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Tennis Elbow Fibromyalgia Work and Sports Related Injuries Sinusitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Colitis Constipation and Diarrhea Depression Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) Irregular Menstruation Facial Rejuvenation and more