How does acupuncture work?
There exist two theories about how acupuncture works.  The Chinese philosophy explains that energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”), flows along pathways, or meridians, throughout the body.  Constant flow of qi maintains harmony and keeps opposing forces (Yin and Yang) in balance, which is essential to good health.  Sometimes, energy is blocked, insufficient, or excessive.  These imbalances can lead to pain and illness.
The Western view believes that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system which releases chemicals called neurotransmitters and hormones.  These chemicals can boost the immune system, reduce pain, and regulate various body functions.
What can Oriental Medicine do?
  • BALANCE the side effects of drugs and procedures.
  • BUILD the patient’s strength before and after surgery.
  • TREAT both the symptoms and underlying causes of illnesses.
  • PROVIDE help where conventional medicine does not already have a cure (in such cases as chronic fatigue syndrome, poor digestion, arthritis, etc.)
  • SPEED recovery from illness and injury by providing adjunctive therapy to conventional treatments.
   Why Choose Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?
In response to peoples' heightened awareness of alternative treatments and concerns over the side effects and limitations of some drug and surgical therapies, a greater number of people are integrating acupuncture and Oriental Medicine into their health care programs.
Oriental Medicine stresses a holistic approach to diagnosis and treatment, focusing on the interaction of all body systems.  This unique practice leads to a high success rate in the treatment of chronic and debilitating problems, as well as many types of acute injuries and illnesses.  
Oriental Medical therapies include modalities such as acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion (warming therapy), nutritional guidance, and life style counseling.  These therapies frequently decrease or eliminate the need for drugs and/or surgery, without harmful side effects.  In addition, Oriental Medicine has a high success rate with chronic problems and preventative health care.
What conditions does Oriental Medicine treat?
  • General: Allergies, Asthma, Sinusitis, Headaches, TMJ, Back Pain, Sciatica, Musculoskeletal Problems, Insomnia, Anxiety, Dizziness, Depression, High Blood Pressure, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Addictions, Indigestion, Constipation, Post- Operative Recovery, Palliative Care.
  • Women's Health: Menstrual Irregularities, Menopause, Conception Difficulties, Pregnancy, Childbirth, Lactation Difficulties, Postpartum, Ovarian and Uterine Problems.
  • Men's Health: Prostate, Infertility, Impotence.
  • Pediatrics: Asthma, Cough, Digestive Problems, Behavioral Problems, Ear Infections, Sleep Problems.
  • Preventative Health: Prevention, Stress Management, Wellness, Seasonal Attunement.
Are there side effects to Acupuncture?
One great advantage of acupuncture is that there are no harmful side effects.
Is Acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture needles used today come in presterilezed packages.  They are disposed of properly after each use as is done in conventional medical settings.  This eleminates the chance of contamination and transmission of infection or disease.
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture uses needles that are of hairlike thickness which generally do not cause any pain when inserted.  Patients often feel unique sensations that are described as warmth, heaviness, tingling, or no sensation at all.  Should you experience any discomfort, inform your practitioner and they will adjust the needles.
How often do I need to come?
Treatments are done on a weekly basis.  Usually, patients come twice a week for the first two weeks and once a week thereafter.  Once the condition is under control, treatments are less frequent.  Acute problems generally take just a few treatments.  Those that are longstanding usually require more time.  
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