Acupuncture employs the use of fine sterilized needles about the size of a hair shaft or thread. Specific points along the meridian pathway are selected to restore normal balance and flow of energy to the body tissues, organs and systems. This sets the stage for the body to repair itself. Acupuncture needle insertion is vastly different than other needles. Acupuncture needles are very small like a thread. Many do not feel the needle being inserted. For those sensitive to needles, you may choose a treatment with non-insertion needles, acupressure or herbs.
According to the World Health Organization : •Disorders of the bones, muscles, joints and neural system, such as arthritis, neuralgia, migraine headache, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, facial paralysis. •Gynecological disorders, such as irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility in women (and men), and PMS. • organs and systems. , emphysema and bronchitis.Circulatory disorders, such as hypertension, arteriosclerosis, anemia, high cholesterol, and post-stroke symptoms.
•Respiratory disorders, such asasthma, sinusitis allergies•Gastrointestinal disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, constipation, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, digestive weakness, anorexia and gastritis. •Urogenital disorders, such as stress incontinence, urinary tract infections and sexual dysfunction. •Emotional and psychological disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Addictions of alcohol and drugs, and stop-smoking. •Other disorders such as those of eye, ear, nose and throat etc; weight control, chronic and acute pains.
Acupressure uses hands rather than a needle to touch acupuncture points. As two acupuncture points are held energy can be felt by the practitioner, and often by the patient, as a pulsing sensation between the two points. This method balances the body’s energy, relieves pain, reduces stress, energizes, and corrects many health problems. This is a good choice for those who are fearful of needles.
Moxabustion or Moxa, the mugwart herb, is used to warm, tonify and open the meridian channels. It is relaxing, relaxes muscle and helps relieve pain. In the office moxa is burned within a moxa box and applied lightly to the skin. Moxabustion is a favorite treatment.