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Acupuncture is a procedure that involves placement of hair-like needles into specific points of the body. These points are located throughout the body and placement is chosen dependent upon each person’s individual needs and presenting symptoms. These specific points are stimulated to increase blood and energy flow encouraging the body to promote natural healing by improving organ health, reducing pain, and restoring overall body functioning.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine certain energy patterns where noticed that run throughout the human body, the energy is termed as “Qi” and it flows through channels also known as meridians. These meridians flow through the body like a river nourishing organs and tissues. When the river becomes blocked due to stress on the system, improper diet and/or lifestyle, it acts as a dam and doesn’t allow Qi to flow. This stagnation can result in pain, edema, constipation, and a host of other ailments caused by an unbalanced system. Acupuncture can be utilized to re-balance the system and restore health.

Modern science attempts to explain how acupuncture works and theorizes that acupuncture needling of specific points stimulates the release of chemicals from the muscles, spinal chord and brain decreasing the symptomology of the disease. Several studies have been published regarding acupuncture’s role in pain reduction for Osteoarthritis, decreasing shortness of breath with patients diagnosed with respiratory disorders (COPD), treatment of infertility, and stress reduction for patients suffering from anxiety.

Acupuncture alone, or in combination with other naturopathic modalities, is a phenomenal way to help encourage the innate healing process of the body. It stimulates healing on many levels for a multiplicity of ailments patients encounter. It is a fairly painless procedure and treatment time is approximately 30 minutes. Depending on the ailment, treatments can vary from one session to several, over a six-week time span, to witness optimal results.


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