What is Acupuncture?

acupuncturecloseupMost health problems are caused by imbalances in the body. Acupuncture focuses on alleviating these imbalances so that the body can heal itself. The body has an innate healing response, and it is only when the body cannot repair itself that a problem becomes chronic. Acupuncture restarts or resets this healing process to resolve the problem.

Most Western medicine focuses on relieving disease symptoms, e.g. antihistamines for allergies, whereas Chinese medicine addresses the symptoms and the root cause of disease. For example, allergy treatment alleviates the annoying symptoms while simultaneously strengthening the immune system, so the allergic reaction ceases.

Chinese medicine and Western medicine are not opposed. They each excel in different areas and you should utilize both as part of your health maintenance. Western medicine treats trauma and some acute conditions very well and Chinese medicine excels at treating chronic conditions, which is where Western medicine has little to offer. Oftentimes, patients believe they are doomed to a lifetime of illness or a chronic condition, until they find relief with Chinese medicine.

An added benefit of acupuncture treatment is that it improves your quality of life. Many of my patients come in for knee pain and subsequently sleep better or have more energy and improved digestion. Acupuncture treatment has such a profound and positive impact on the body, that its effects are not limited to the chief area of complaint.

For a detailed description of what your acupuncture treatment will be like, please see our “FAQ” Page.