Acupuncture is a comprehensive system of Eastern medicine and stands alone in its ability to manage and address many conditions.  It originated in China over 3,000 years ago and is part of the holistic system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).  Acupuncture is focused on freeing energy blockages from both central and peripheral nerve channels.  This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, igniting the body’s innate intelligence which allows for natural healing to take place.

Acupuncture points run along pathways called meridians.  A trained and licensed acupuncturist selects the points that will help your condition and inserts very thin, wispy, wire-like needles very superficially into these points.  [This is barely palpable to the patient and virtually painless.] The needle triggers the nervous system to release hormones and other chemicals that affect the body’s regulatory system, thereby initiating self-healing

Chinese medicine maintains that there are channels of subtle energy that run throughout the body.  These meridians are seen as flowing rivers that irrigate and nourish the various tissues of the body. When a channel gets blocked, the nourishment stops and the tissue remains in a stagnant state, thus, delaying the healing process.  The gentle prodding that acupuncture offers dissolves the blockages and expedites healing both locally, at the site of the injury, as well as generally – throughout the body.  Acupuncture also helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body's immune and organ systems.  Rehab & Relaxation treatments uniformly leave patients in a better state of balance. 

Acupuncture is helpful for:
• Treating existing illnesses and injuries.
• Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness.
• Improving overall health.

Acupuncture and Modern Science
Although western science does not thoroughly understand the mechanism that makes acupuncture work, we have tangible proof of its function during MRI testing.  Researchers have demonstrated that when needles are inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.  In the West, acupuncture is most commonly known for its ability to relieve pain and decrease swelling, so the majority of research thus far has been done in this area. Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body. 

Commonly Treated Conditions

Acupuncture treats a myriad of conditions. It should be noted that acupuncture works on a systemic level, treating the root of a condition, not just the symptoms.  This allows for a more comprehensive healing to occur on a profound level.