One of the oldest forms of health care in the world is acupuncture. Acupuncture has been practiced for over 2,500 years and is considered a pillar of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both ancient and modern practitioners of acupuncture describe how many of the body’s ailments and symptoms are a result of a hampered flow of Qi. Qi, or as sometimes known as Chi, is the vital energy that courses through all living organisms down bio-pathways known as meridians. Meridians flow back and forth to every major system in the body. Unfortunately, these channels can get blocked for a variety of reasons, including stress, injury, extreme temperatures, anxiety, depression, and pain. When the meridians get obstructed, hindering the flow of Qi, depleted areas experience aggravated physical disorders.
For a millennia, practitioners of acupuncture have mapped the body’s meridian channels. They identified the locations of specific meridian pathways related to their precise body system they influence. To release the flow of Qi, and restore the body’s natural current of energy.Our acupuncturists insert a series of specialized, sterile, ultra-thin needles into the skin at these specific mapped out points. They leave the needles in for 10 to 30 minutes. In that timeframe, the meridian channels are reopened, and the Qi is free to flow back to the depleted area again, restoring balance and healing.
Here at ASFCA, our board-certified acupuncturists are also Chiropractic Doctors. Our Doctors cohesively merge their Eastern and Western medicine for the well being of all their patients. They are perfectly comfortable treating their patients’ needs with either Eastern or Western as they diagnose their patient’s presentation. Our patients can be reassured that their best interest is represented in all our practices. They treat many ailments with both methods in mind.
Below are listed five common health issues that we can effectively treat with acupuncture.
1) Acupuncture for Stress Relief
Progressively more people struggle to keep up with their frenzied schedules while succumbing to stress-induced ailments like high blood pressure, mood disorders, and even heart conditions. The effects of Stress on our society is epidemic. Acupuncture can help a person take control of wellbeing in today’s hectic world. Acupuncture can unblock the meridian channels that constant exposure to stress triggers. Acupuncture is an inherently relaxing procedure. It not only opens the Qi flow of meridian channels that are being taxed, relieving the elevation of stress. Acupuncture also stimulates the release of hormones that relax the mind and body, encourages a centering of one’s spirit as well. This renewed mindfulness helps rebuff the daily stressors that threaten a person’s inner peace.
2) Acupuncture for Improving Sleep
Approximately 50 to 70 million Americans are suffering from sleep-related disorders. Conditions like sleep apnea, chronic insomnia, vivid nightmares, and interrupted sleep have been linked with other illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure, mood disorders, and diabetes. Fortunately, acupuncture has been proven to be effective against such Sleep Disorders. Among many of its benefits, acupuncture stimulates the body’s production of melatonin, the biochemical hormone that encourages sleep and restfulness in the body. Acupuncture, as a treatment for sleep disorders, has fewer contraindications and side effects than its pharmaceutical counterparts.
3) Acupuncture for Pain Relief
Living in constant pain is not only hard but can be debilitating. Pain can originate from chronic conditions like Fibromyalgia and Sciatica, or be caused by an injury related to Work, Sports, or Automobile Vehicle accidents. Acupuncture opens the blockages of the meridian channels allowing a person’s Qi to flow freely and naturally promoting spiritual and physical harmony. Patients often experience pain reduction and elimination as acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, enkephalins and serotonin, the body’s natural pain relievers. Acupuncture is effective at treating Headaches, Migraines, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Arthritis, Back, Neck, Shoulder, Knee, Foot, and Nerve Pain. Treating pain with acupuncture works exceptionally well in tandem with services like Chiropractic Care and Physiotherapy.
4) Acupuncture for Depression & Anxiety
Living in the grip of depression and anxiety can make even the most routine day feel significantly more difficult. An estimated 40 million people are suffering from anxiety/depression related disorder in the United States alone. Imbalances in the flow of Qi can alter the harmony of a person’s mood intensifying a troubled mind and spirit. Acupuncture can restore balance to blocked meridian channels, as well as stimulate the release of mood-stabilizing hormones like serotonin.
5) Acupuncture for Digestion Issues
Food is a basic need for survival, but what you eat can vastly influence your body’s health. A Digestion Disorder, like Acid Reflux or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, can not only affect a person’s digestive tract but their sleep quality, mood, and how they feel physically. Several meridian channels are affiliated with digestive health. A blockage in any one of them can lead to several unwanted symptoms. Acupuncture is critical to reestablishing a vigorous flow of Qi to these restoring organ systems to optimal functioning.
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