The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called chi or qi present in every living being. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways called meridians. As long as qi flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained; once the flow of energy is blocked, the system experiences imbalance and pain and illness occur. Acupuncture works to restore optimal functioning by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to “free up” or “unblock” the qi energy.
From a biochemical perspective, we know that acupuncture has many positive effects on the body. It increases the body’s natural production of endorphins, stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system (which shuts down in chronic stress), and increases blood flow to local areas.
Conditions successfully treated with acupuncture include:
Musculoskeletal Arthritis, neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, bursitis, sciatica, sports injuries, TMJ, tendonitis
Cardiovascular Chest pain, atherosclerosis, anemia, hypertension, palpitations, coronary heart disease
Gastrointestinal Food allergies, peptic ulcers, constipation, colitis, Crohn’s disease, diarrhea, gastritis, IBS, nausea, vomiting
Skin Acne, dermatitis, eczema, herpes, hives, warts
Emotional and Neurologic Anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress, Bell’s palsy, headaches, migraines, MS, neuralgia, paralysis, tremors
Reproductive Endometriosis, infertility, menstrual problems, menopause, morning sickness, PMS, prostate problems, sexual dysfunction, UTI, vaginal infections
Endocrine, Cancer, and Immune Diabetes, fatigue, hypoglycemia, hepatitis, HIV and related conditions, relief from the side effects of other therapies (i.e. chemo, radiation, surgical)
Ear Nose and Throat Allergies, asthma, bronchitis, common colds, flu, emphysema, eye diseases, tinnitus, vertigo, sore throat, sinusitis.