Acupuncture is one of the main branches of Traditional Chinese medicine. It facilitates the healing of physical, emotional, and mental disease. Acupuncture is performed by inserting hair thin needles into acupuncture points that may be located on the arms, legs, back, or even in the ear.
Acupuncture points are found along 14 specific pathways running throughout the entire body. These pathways are called meridians. Each one of these meridians has specific organ systems, emotions and anatomical locations that they connect to. For example: If a patient has stomach ulcers, I may choose acupuncture points along the stomach meridian to treat the ulcer. If anxiety accompanies their complaint then I may also add points along the heart meridian.
When one sees an acupuncturist, patterns of disharmony are first determined through evaluation of the pulse and by examining the tongue as well as through questioning and health history. I will also check for structural imbalances along the spine and hips looking for areas of contraction and pain. Through this process, an accurate assessment of your condition can be discussed and treated from an Eastern medical perspective.
In our clinic, we focus on restoring balance and increasing vitality rather than on diseases. Yes, specific diseases are treated, but no two people receive the same treatment even though they may have very similar complaints. In Chinese medicine, there are many cases in which specific illnesses are treated before symptoms arise. This is the true essence of the medicine.
Thomas Edison has said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
To learn more about acupuncture, see our Frequently Asked Questions.