What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been used as a heath care modality for roughly 5,000 years.  The effects of acupuncture span across all of the major systems of the body.  It is a safe, effective, and drug-free way to treat a wide variety of medical problems.

Acupuncture works by assisting the body to heal itself.  It has the ability to stimulate the body’s natural pain killers, anti-inflammatory  bio-“chemicals” and feel-good brain chemicals”.  Our bodies are designed to be self-healing  For example, when you get a scratch on your arm, you don’t have to think about healing it.  Your body automatically responds to the injury by increasing blood clotting factors to stop any bleeding, making and sending white blood cells to the area to fight any infection, and forming a scab. The acupuncture needle safely stimulates this same type of healing response, directing the body’s natural resources to any system or area of need.

 

What does an acupuncturist do?

During the initial exam a full health history is taken. Questions are asked regarding health, symptoms and lifestyle. An appropriate physical exam is conducted, including pulse and tongue diagnosis.

Gathering this information enables the practitioner to effectively diagnose and detect any specific imbalances that may have contributed to a person’s health problems. The practitioner can then create a well-structured treatment plan.