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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy used to promote health and alleviate pain by encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese philosophies of Dao or Tao, yin and yang.

The acupuncturist inserts very fine, sterile, needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body called acupoints or acupuncture points to accesses the flow and distribution of energy within the body's pathways known as "meridians and channels". These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish. An obstruction in the movement of these energy channels can cause illness. Acupuncture can unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians. The process stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

Acupuncturists also use heat, pressure, friction, suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points.

Patients seem to experience acupuncture differently. The treatment energizes some patients and relaxes others. Acupuncture is painless for most patients but discomfort can be caused by improper needle placement or a defective needle. When practiced properly, acupuncture is safe.

Acupuncture has become an acceptable and sought after treatment for many disorders including neck, back pain, headache, arthritis, and sports injuries. Acupuncture may be the right for you if are looking for an alternative method of treatment that does not require prescription medications.

Be careful when choosing a practitioner. Choose a licensed and experienced practitioner with an understanding of Eastern and Western medical philosophies. Check the practitioner's training and professional affiliations.

Some insurance plans reimburse for acupuncture. Ask your insurance provider if they reimburse for treatment by a licensed acupuncturist.

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