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Where the best of Eastern medicine and Western science converge to form a comprehensive, cross-discipline approach. Listening, instead of dictating, allowing a deeper dialogue to manifest a more complete diagnosis. Revealing the true root causes behind symptoms and conditions and crafting unique health plans that empower you through education and inspiration to conquer bad habits and create better ones.

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Acupuncture

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced for centuries. It acts to balance and rebuild the body’s life force or energy known as “Qi” (pronounced “chi”)

Acupuncture theory recognizes special pathways in the body called “meridians” through which this energy circulates. Traditional Chinese medicine views disease as the result of an imbalance or blockage in the body’s natural energy flow. Such imbalances can manifest in physical, emotional, and stress-related disorders. In our practice we use Acupuncture as a way to unblock or influence Qi and help it flow back into balance.

Acupuncture is performed by placing very thin needles into your skin at certain points and leaving them there for a short while as you rest. This is done to influence the energy flow. For most people, the effect is nearly painless and most often instills a sense of peace and tranquility.

Interestingly, the ancient Acupuncture system that professionals utilize today is in close synch with modern notions about the human nervous system. According to the latest brain research, we know that nerve impulses carry sensory messages to and from the part of the brain where commands are initiated in order to create a desired effect. (For example, if you burn your hand on a pan, a nerve impulse transmits that burn message to the brain, which sends a message back to the skin in the form of a pain sensation.) When these important sensory pathways become blocked through lack of energy, pain, or illness, Acupuncture can reopen and reactivate the communication route, thus stimulating the flow of energy back to various physiological systems in the brain and other parts of the body.

Medical Research

Medical research has also taken a big look at why and how the stimulation of Acupuncture points helps relieve pain. Evidence shows that the body’s natural painkillers such as endorphins and peptide opioids are released during Acupuncture treatment. As well, Acupuncture stimulates the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, resulting in a broad range of systemic effects. Blood flow has also been shown to increase along with alterations in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Many research studies have shown that Acupuncture therapy also positively impacts the immune system.

Conditions

Among the most common conditions dramatically improved at our Acupuncture clinic are:

Chinese Herbal Medicine

The use of herbs in Chinese Medicine is an incredibly old, powerful and respected tradition in the east. The fortifying and healing effects of herbs can be extremely helpful in certain stubborn or chronic conditions. Herbs are not prescribed in every case, but are indicated when Acupuncture does not prove effective. In some cases we can look at herbs as a fuel that helps Acupuncture work best.

Chinese Herbal Treatments

Cupping

This powerful practice from Chinese medicine applies glass or plastic cup-shaped instruments via suction to various areas of the body (mostly the back and neck) in order to mobilize blood flow, detoxify, and improve immunity.

Moxibustion

Drawing upon a traditional Chinese medicine practice, a form of sage called mugwort is burned near various acupoints around the body to stimulate blood flow, improve organ function, and relieve pain.