Acupuncture is the use of very thin, sterile needles that are inserted into specific points on the body to promote circulation and mobilize your body's natural healing and immune response. As a board certified acupuncturist, I make acupuncture gentle, comfortable, and effective.
Acupuncture works by using hair-thin needles to access Qi (pronounced "chee") and help your body heal itself naturally.
Based on numerous studies, we have come to believe that the word "Qi" has been incorrectly translated as "energy"; and that a more accurate translation would be "circulation". Acupuncture has been proven to increase circulation and blood flow to specific areas of the body, depending on where needles are placed.
Circulation is the key to how acupuncture works, because with blood flow and circulation come all the other mechanisms your body has to heal itself - ease inflammation and pain, balance hormones, and mobilize your body's natural healing response to strengthen your immune system.
Acupuncture has been proven to reduce inflammation by promoting the release of adenosine (your body's natural pain reliever) and boosting the parasympathetic (rest and digest, not fight or flight) nervous system. This is why acupuncture can help with so many different kinds of problems.
Acupuncture needles are significantly smaller and thinner than the hypodermic needles you may be used to receiving in the western medical setting. They are also significantly less painful. Most patients find acupuncture very relaxing and experience a feeling of well-being that lasts for hours.
Needle free alternatives (laser and microcurrent) are also available and an equally effective favorite for treatments. They work similarly to needles by stimulating acupuncture points.
Microcurrent delivers low frequency and amplitude electrical waves to acupuncture points while assessing the general conductivity of the acupuncture meridians. It creates better circulation much like a tens unit, but better adjusted and placed exactly where your body needs it the most. Patients love it because it is completely painless while as effective as acupuncture needles.
Stimulating, red laser light and calming, blue light have been proven by decades of use. Red light has traditionally been associated with energy and tonification while blue light has been associated with relaxation, sedation, and tranquility. Painless lasers are used on acupuncture points to give the most gentle treatment.
A technique where the soft tissue, muscle, and fascia is suctioned using a plastic or a glass cup. Cupping boosts blood-flow and circulation, immediately relieving pain, soreness, and stiffness. It's quite amazing how effective it is for muscle pain and soreness. An initial evaluation of your treatment plan will determine if cupping is an appropriate therapy for you and your symptoms.
Chinese herbs or nutritional supplements may also be prescribed as an adjunct to acupuncture therapy, offering a way to extend the effects of treatment and bring about resolution of more significant health complaints faster than with just acupuncture alone. Herbs come in many forms, including tablets, capsules and powdered teas for oral ingestion, or topical sprays or plasters for use directly on the skin.