Acupuncture

At the Center, we offer a wide variety of services to complement Western Medicine treatments.

Acupuncture:
The human body has the ability to heal itself, but it can often become overwhelmed by the demands of daily life leading to imbalance and disharmony. Good health is the combination of healthful eating, daily movement, proper rest and stress reducing breathing techniques that quiet our chatty minds. If we take care of ourselves on a daily basis, we can increase the amount of vital energy or Qi, (pronounced “chee”), in our bodies and live more healthy and engaging lives.

We all know when we have been asking too much from our bodies and have given little back in the way of self-care. First, we may notice that our energy levels have changed, we may suffer from emotional distress or we may develop physical symptoms. All of these signals are messages from the body letting us know that we have become out of balance. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) believe that good health can be restored by correcting the flow of Qi through the application of modalities such as Acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxabustion and massage therapy.

Acupuncture is one method that can break down a pattern of disharmony and direct the body towards a more healthy and balanced state. Once correct diagnosis is made, the stimulation of Acupuncture points along the meridian channels can help the body remember how to heal and care for itself. The meridians are the link between the mind, the body, and our innate healing wisdom, which we can tap into when we are feeling unwell. You may equate the meridian channels to an energy delivery system that is designed to keep things running smoothly and without disruption.

Below is an abbreviated list of the many conditions for which the World Health Organization (WHO) considers Acupuncture appropriate treatment.

Respiratory/Ear, Nose, Throat: colds & flu, asthma, bronchitis, sinus infections, allergies, earaches.
Musculo-skeletal/Neurological: back/neck pain, arthritis, sciatica, bursitis/tendonitis, neuralgia, Bell’s/Cerebral Palsy, headache, dizziness, stroke, sprains/strains.
Dermatological: acne, herpes, eczema.
Genito-Urinary/Reproductive: impotence, infertility, PMS, PID, vaginitis, irregular menstruation, cramps, uterine bleeding, menopausal syndrome, morning sickness, difficult labor, urinary difficulties.
Internal: hypo/hyperglycemia, hypertension, ulcers, irritable bowels/Colitis, hemorrhoids, diabetes, epigastric pain, abdominal masses.
Mental/Emotional: anxiety, stress, depression, insomnia, palpitations.
About the needles: 
In China, Acupuncture needles were once made of gold and silver. At the Center for Complementary Medicine, flexible steel disposable needles are used. The needles are very thin, the thickness of 3 strands of hair and range from 1/4″ to 6 ” in length.

To eliminate the risk of infection and transmission of disease, disposable sterile, single use needles will always be used.