What does acupuncture treat?

     

Systemic balance is critical to one’s health and wellness, in western medicine this is known as homeostasis. The body is constantly striving to maintain internal stability; coordinating the response of various physiological systems (i.e. circulatory, nervous, immune and endocrine systems) in response to any situation or stimulus.  Modern life, with all its stressors, puts the body in an almost constant state of “fight or flight” mode, making it difficult for our bodies to maintain balance.  Imbalance can result in disorders such as pain, injury, insomnia, digestive issues, gynecological disorders, allergies, depression, susceptibility to colds, and a myriad of other complications.  Acupuncture helps restore one’s natural balance so that organs and bodily systems can work together in harmony.  This sets the stage for the body to repair itself and maintain its own optimal health. 

Chinese medicine is a comprehensive system of medicine that is capable of diagnosing and effectively treating a wide range of conditions. Instead of suppressing symptoms, it works with your body to produce true healing.  Below is an overview of conditions commonly treated with acupuncture, you can also see a more comprehensive list of conditions here.

Pain Conditions

Acupuncture is an effective, drug-free modality for the treatment of pain and painful conditions.  Our practitioners have effectively treated many chronic and acute pain conditions.   Acupuncture should be considered one of the first interventions.

7 Ways That Acupuncture Treats Pain:

  • Relaxes muscles and tendons
  • Promotes blood circulation
  • Stimulates nerves located in muscles and other tissues
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Changes the processing of pain signals in the brain and spinal cord
  • Breaks up scar tissue
  • Produces endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and other nuerochemical messengers

Emotional Health: stress, anxiety, depression

The body responds to stress by releasing chemicals into the blood which increases your heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. These chemical changes are beneficial when aiding an accident victim, preparing to speak in public, or fleeing from an attacker. However, chronically high stress levels can become pathological, leading to headaches, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, poor libido, decreased fertility and problems sleeping.

Most of us live under some form of constant stress, leaving us susceptible to not only the physical ailments mentioned above, but also to psychological problems. These include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, poor concentration, poor memory, irritability, insomnia and low self-esteem. In fact, this is becoming such an epidemic that some studies indicate 4 out of every 5 doctor visits are for stress-related complaints. Even if you are currently taking prescription medications, acupuncture and herbal medicine can still help. 

Gynecological Disorders & Fertility

We help women feel great and live healthy lives by alleviating imbalances and resolving PMS, menstrual related migraine headaches, excessive menstrual cramping and stress and fatigue. 

Our practitioners are trained and experienced in using Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to successfully support fertility and healthy pregnancies and to manage the symptoms of menopause and many menstrual problems. All aspects of Chinese Medicine work together to promote a healthier and more balanced state, which will better lend itself to conception. Many women/couples wait to explore acupuncture and Chinese medicine until after they have already been trying for several months. While starting acupuncture at any point is still beneficial, we recommend three months of preparation to increase chances of a healthy pregnancy. 

Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture Can Help:

 

  • Promote healthy, pain-free cycles
  • PMS relief
  • Migraine relief
  • Regulate menstrual cycle
  • Enhance fertility
  • Regulate hormones to produce a larger number of follicles
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and increase the thickness of the uterine lining
  • Increase chance of conceiving
  • Enhance the chances of successful implantation
  • Decrease chance of miscarriage

Immunity

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine relies on a unique diagnostic system which allows us to detect subtle imbalances and deficiencies in a patient’s body. Using herbs, acupuncture and tuina massage we can correct these imbalances and deficiencies and fill the body with vitality. This in turn supports a stronger immune system that is capable of targeting and eradicating diseases quickly and effectively.

Acupuncture’s relaxing effects make it an ideal way to rejuvenate the immune system.  Specific acupuncture points have been shown to increase the production of red blood cells and to activate white blood cells so that they can destroy viruses and bacteria. 

Digestive Disorders

The digestive system is an essential component of a healthy and vital body. When the digestive system is not working well it can negatively impact one’s work, home, and social life – it also has a strong impact on one’s immunity. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can correct many complicated digestive problems.

We diagnose each digestive complaint and then use Chinese medicine and acupuncture to treat each patient in a unique way. This allows us to work directly with the underlying causes of the disease.

Allergies, Colds, Sinus Congestion

Our acupuncturists can help you manage your allergies, colds/flus, and/or chronic congestion naturally by using Chinese medicine and acupuncture to improve immune function and reduce inflammation.

Acupuncture works by treating and strengthening the respiratory and immune systems.  When the lung is functioning more optimally then the immune system’s hypersensitivity is calmed.  Acupuncture also works by controlling inflammation and reducing aggravation of the mucus membranes in the ears, nose and throat. Many sufferers of chronic sinus congestion have found relief with acupuncture and herbal medicine that they otherwise we unable to acheive.