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- Acupuncture embodies traditional Chinese medicine
theories. The theory behind acupuncture in traditional Chinese
medicine involves the flow of energy in the body. Various points
on the body (acupuncture points) connect pathways, or meridians;
traditional practitioners believe these meridians conduct energy,
or Qi, between the surface of the body and internal organs. Blocking
this energy results in symptoms or disease; acupuncture is said
to unblock the meridians, allowing the energy to flow properly.
- Acupuncture is often used in combination with
more conventional approaches to pain relief. Some medical professionals
report better results by combining acupuncture and certain conventional
pain-killing drugs than from using the drugs alone.
- Chinese medicine is a comprehensive health care
system encompassing a variety of traditional health care therapies
that have been used for more than 5,000 years to diagnose and
treat illness, prevent disease and improve well being.
- Studies suggest that acupuncture relieves some
of the physical problems associated with tension, stress, depression,
anxiety and other emotional conditions.
- In Western medicine, needles are used to inject
medicine or to withdraw fluids from the body. The needles are
hollow and the tip is beveled and sharpened so that it can cut
the skin upon entry. In comparison to Acupuncture needles, Western
needles are large because the diameter needs to be large enough
to transfer the thick fluids of the body.
- Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid. They
are not designed to cut the skin, but to displace the skin and
stimulate areas beneath the skin. Needles are sterile and acupuncturists
now use disposable brands for safety.
- Acupuncture has extremely low incidences of major
side effects — especially when compared to conventional medical
- In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist,
your safety is assured. Throughout their education, Licensed
Acupuncturists are trained and tested in Clean Needle Technique
(CNT). Disposal of contaminated waste, and other safety aspects
of acupuncture are all included in acupuncture training.
- Acupuncture is cost effective and can cost thousands
of dollars less than that of Western medicine.
- Acupuncture works! Just ask the
millions of people across the United States that have received
acupuncture treatment for symptoms such as nausea, back pain,
premenstrual syndrome, menopause and other ailments that Western
medicine treats with harsh drugs.