Acupuncture is a medical practice developed 4000 years ago in China.
Throughout the centuries practitioners realized specific energy paths, called meridians, running through patients’ bodies. Meridians run throughout the body, connecting the outer parts of the body with internal organs. By manipulating the flow of the energy, called qi, (pronounced chee), practitioners helped their patients heal. Because the meridians flow internally and externally, acupuncture treats internal diseases through superficial needling.
This use of meridians explains why an acupuncturist can treat a local pain or internal illness using seeming unrelated points. For example, sciatica may be treated through points on the wrist rather than on the lower back, gluteus maximus or hamstrings; shoulder pain may be treated through points on the leg, ear, wrist or finger.
Meridians are the body’s communication system. An imbalance within this complicated network causes symptoms of internal, chronic and more common illnesses. Acupuncture practitioners use this system to diagnose and treat these diseases, tapping into the network from precise points on the meridians to return the entire body to balance and health.
According to the United Nation’s World Health Organization, over seventy diseases can be treated effectively with Acupuncture, including the following:
- Acute pain, chronic pain, arthritis, work related and sports injuries, back, knee and shoulder pain.
- Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, common cold, sinus infection.
- Occasional and chronic headache, migraine, sciatica, Bell’s palsy, post-stroke paralysis.
- Menstrual disease; PMS; menopause syndrome.
- Irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, ulcer, digestive dysfunction including GERD.
- General Medicine:
- Fatigue, hypertension, diabetes, insomnia.
- Asthma, bed-wetting, seizures, colic.
- Eczema, herpes, hives, rashes, acne, skin care.
- Incontinence, impotence, prostate, bladder and kidney function.
- Emotions and life style:
- Fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, immune deficiency.
- Substance abuse of tobacco, alcohol, prescription drugs and food.
Oriental Medicine may effectively treat symptoms and root causes of:
- Immunological dysfunctions:
- Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, Reynauld’s syndrome and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Multiple Sclerosis, tinnitus, macular degeneration
This list is certainly not comprehensive. If you have any questions about the effectiveness of Oriental Medicine for your needs, please contact me and we can discuss the possibilities. If we don’t believe Oriental Medicine will help you, we may recommend alternatives.