Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which also includes Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese dietary therapy, Moxibustion, Cupping, Gua Sha and Tui Na Massage. Acupuncture originated in China over 2000 years ago and has since been used successfully in countries all over the world, including the United States.
The basic premise of TCM is that health in the body is based on the proper flow of Qi (pronounced “Chee”); it must flow in the right direction in the right amount or you will see symptoms. “When there is pain, there is no free flow; when there is free flow, there is no pain.” This is one of the fundamental principles of Ease Asian medicine. Qi has been studied by Western scientists, and there is still no definitive answer as to what it is. What is understood is the profound effect that acupuncture has on the body.
Acupuncture is the application of tiny, sterile, hair-thin needles to the body at specific points. When stimulated, these points can affect the nervous system, the fascial system, the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory/circulatory system, the endocrine system and the digestive system.
Due to this wide reach, acupuncture can effectively treat numerous conditions, including:
Pain of all kinds, both acute and chronic. Back pain, neck pain, joint pain, migraines, headaches, TMJ, arthritis, pelvic pain, stomach pain. Acupuncture can also help your body to recover more quickly between workout sessions and improve your athletic performance while giving you a sense of overall well-being.
Women’s health issues from menstruation through menopause and beyond. Symptoms such as premenstrual pain, cramps, headaches, bloating, fatigue, bowel changes, mood changes, irregular cycles, heavy bleeding, challenged fertility, insomnia, night sweats, hot flashes.
Gastrointestinal problems, acid reflux, IBS, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, colitis, Crohn’s disease.
Poor sleep, insomnia, trouble falling and/or staying asleep, restless sleep, fatigue.
Respiratory conditions, allergies, asthma, bronchitis, respiratory and sinus illnesses.
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