Posted by: ghostdawg2 | March 9, 2009

What Is Acupuncture by Tai Sophia Institute

It’s all about ch’i.

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is concerned with the whole person and addresses itself to many levels of functioning. It is the oldest, most commonly practiced medical procedure in the world and is used by one-third of the world as a primary healthcare system. The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 stated that acupuncture is being widely practiced by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners for the relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions. Acupuncture has been widely accepted in the United States and has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Individuals using traditional acupuncture treatments often find relief from concerns including headaches, chronic fatigue, depression, allergies, back pain, digestive disorders, joint pain, sleeping problems, infertility, menstrual disorders and other symptoms. Acupuncture integrates well with other therapies and our practitioners partner with traditional providers, as needed.

What is acupuncture?

This ancient method of healing is based on natural laws describing the movement of energy in nature and the body. This life force, called ch’i flows through the body in channels similar to rivers moving through earth. Health is promoted when the ch’i in the body is full and moving properly. Illness can begin when the ch’i is blocked moving disharmoniously. Things, like everyday stress and upset disrupt the harmonious movement of ch’i. Acupuncture treats the underlying imbalances and promotes harmony within the body.

What is the scope of benefits?

Acupuncture is helpful for many concerns from headaches to joint pain. It has also been found effective for severe chronic conditions where pinpointing the cause has been difficult to determine. Those who receive ongoing treatment for maintenance and the promotion of good health have told us that they:

  • Tend to get sick less often and recover more quickly
  • Have improved stamina and vitality
  • Are better managers of their own health
  • See reductions in long-term health care costs and tend to visit physicians less often
  • Enjoy deepened more harmonious relationships with others

What relationship is there between acupuncture and other medical care?

Acupuncture is concerned with the whole person and addresses itself on many levels of functioning but does have limitations. Acupuncture is highly effective when used in conjunction with other health-promoting practices.

What about the needles?

Acupuncture needles are solid, slender – slightly thicker than a human hair – and bear no resemblance to syringes. We use the finest quality, stainless steel, pre-sterilized, disposable needles.

Does the treatment hurt?

The treatment process calls for the needles to be inserted just beneath the skin’s surface. Sensations vary from person to person with some clients feeling a dull, momentary ache or tingling sensation.

What will my visit be like?

You will not always be treated with needles at the first visit. The primary purpose of this session is to gather information. During the 90-minute session your practitioner will discuss your health concerns and have the opportunity to assess the underlying conditions leading to your current situation, perform a physical examination and let you know what to expect when returning for regular treatments.

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