Oriental Medicine + Acupuncture
Acupuncture originated in China more than 3,000 years ago and is one of the oldest, most commonly used systems of healing in the world. The Food and Drug Administration estimates that Americans make 12 million visits per year to acupuncture practitioners.
Acupuncture is a tradition rooted in the awareness of life energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”), and the concept of health as a balanced movement of this qi. When qi moves through the body, the physiology of the body responds.
Modern research has found that acupuncture:
• Affects the transmission of nerve impulses and blocks pain impulses from reaching the brain
• Improves blood flow to specific areas of the body promoting the healing and repair of damaged tissue
• Modulates the release of endorphins and endogenous opiates, the body's own natural pain relievers and mood enhancers
One of the main reasons Americans seek acupuncture treatment is to relieve chronic pain, especially from conditions such as headaches/migraines, arthritis, lower back disorders and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Clinical studies show that acupuncture is effective in relieving both chronic (long-lasting) and acute, or sudden, pain. Acupuncture also lowers the need for conventional pain-killing drugs, reducing the risk of side effects for patients who take the drugs.