What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years by the Chinese and Egyptians as one of the main methods to restore health to the body. Acupuncture is based on the belief that you are born with a certain amount of energy, known as Qi, flowing throughout the body along twelve paths or meridians. Illness is thought to occur when the flow of Qi becomes blocked, or stagnant, upsetting the balance of the body and its function. Acupuncture uses needles to restore the flow of Qi by stimulating areas or points along the energy meridians. Very fine, sterile, disposable needles are used.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture provides very effective pain relief and healing for many illnesses. It can also be used preventatively to improve the function of the organ systems and to boost the immune system. Most patients also report an increased sense of well-being, physically, emotionally and spiritually, after a series of 5 to 10 Acupuncture treatments.
How does Acupuncture Work?
The scientific community is still experimenting to discover exactly how and why Acupuncture works. One of the most plausible explanations is that Acupuncture releases endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, to relieve pain and illness. Another explanation is that Acupuncture stimulates the body's immune system to promote healing. Whatever the explanation, Acupuncture has helped thousands of people over thousands of years to deal with chronic and acute illness.
Are there any Adverse Side Effects to Acupuncture?
There are almost no adverse effects to Acupuncture. However, please note the following: Individuals with a pacemaker should not receive Electro-Acupuncture. Pregnant women should avoid Acupuncture during their first and third trimesters, unless being used to facilitate labour. Haemophiliacs and those taking steroids, diabetic or hypertension medication should be treated with caution.
What can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can be used as a preventive therapy to improve health, feel better and give you more energy. It can also be used to target specific disorders: Neurological and muscular disorders: neck and back pain, sciatica, headaches, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, arthritis, tendinitis, facial paralysis. Digestive disorders: diarrhea, constipation, gastritis, spastic bowel, paralyzed bowel, colitis. Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, tonsilitis, common cold and flu. Urinary, menstrual and reproductive disorders: irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, infertility, incontinence. Mental disorders: stress, anxiety, insomnia, depression. Other disorders: Addictions, chronic fatigue, toothache, eye and ear disorders, palpitations, chest pain.
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