Acupuncture

Acupuncture is considered one of the cornerstones of Chinese medicine.  The archeological record of this form of therapy dates back nearly 5000 years, with finds of large flat stones that were used for heat therapy and small sharp stone to prick the skin.  Things have come a long way since then; today’s needles are made from surgical steel and are hair-thin. In fact, three or more acupuncture needles can be inserted into the barrel of needles commonly used for injections.

The sites at which the needles are inserted are located all over the body, but many of the most powerful points are located on the arms below the elbow and the legs below the knee.  Most acupuncture points are located along the course of meridians that have been likened to rivers of energy that irrigate the body.

There are a subset of other practices, both ancient and modern, that fall under the scope of ‘acupuncture’ therapy.  These include cupping, sound therapy, electro-acupuncture and moxibustion.

FAQ:

Q:  Do you ever re-use needles?

A: At our clinic we use only high quality, pre-sterilized and disposable needles. We never re-use needles.

Q: Does acupuncture hurt?

A:  There are typically two sensations you may feel when the acupuncture needles are inserted.  Firstly, there may be a momentary pinching sensation as the needle is inserted through the skin.  Secondly, there may be an achey, heavy sensation when the needle reaches the acupoint.  This is called de qi, or the ‘arrival of qi’.  Once the needles are in place you should feel much.  In fact many people fall asleep during the time the needles are retained.

Quotes:

Acupuncturists should be soft spoken, contained, skillful and attentive so they can diagnose and then regulate qi and blood circulation. Smooth talkers are appointed to teach basic theory. Those who use excessive force and break pots should practice massage”

– Lingshu (Miraculous Pivot)

 

‘I am convinced that acupuncture is going to be one of the greatest contributions that any group of people has made to the future of all medicine, if it is handled correctly by the people of the Western world”  1972 Dr. Kenneth Riland

– personal physician to president Nixon

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