What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a natural and holistic form of medicine that has been practiced for nearly 3000 years. Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely fine, sterile needles into various specific anatomical points on the body. This activates your body’s self-healing response by increasing circulation, releasing endorphins, activating the nervous system and reducing pain and inflammation.

Acupuncturists are health care professionals that can treat both acute and chronic conditions, and are often able to make sense of symptoms Western medicine has difficulty treating. They excel in the field of preventative health care by seeking out and treating the root cause of your symptoms.

What conditions can acupuncture help with?

Acupuncture can treat disorders of the entire body, including musculoskeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, circulatory, urogenital, neurological, emotional, gynecological, ENT, neurological, and emotional disorders. Acupuncture can used as a stand-alone treatment, or as a supplement to other health care practices.

What to expect during your appointment:

Since acupuncture is a holistic system of medicine, your practitioner will invite you to share information about your current and past medical history in order to piece together how the body is functioning as a whole. They will then check your pulse, and examine your tongue for more information about the health of your vital organs. Acupuncture is not painful. Rather, the sensation is often described as warm, tingly, buzzy, a “good” ache, or sometimes nothing at all.

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