What is Classical Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is rooted in Oriental Medicine, a healing tradition which is at least 5,000 years old. It involves inserting very fine sterile needles into points on the skin to treat or prevent illness.
Classical Acupuncture incorporates traditional medical theories and protocols developed over many centuries in China. They can address a broad range of chronic or acute health issues; some traditions are particularly useful for treating emotional issues; others are best used for immune system problems, etc…
What Can Acupuncture treat?
Hundreds of scientific studies have been conducted demonstrating that Acupuncture can treat a variety of illnesses. The World Health Organization reports that over 30 medical conditions can be safely and effectively treated with Acupuncture, including: neurological, gastrointestinal, gynecological, autoimmune, musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions.
Acupuncture has also been successfully used in conjunction with psychotherapy to support emotional health. Some of the conditions I’ve had success treating include:
- Anxiety, panic attacks and phobias,
- Depression and PTSD / Trauma,
- Addictive behaviors (including tobacco, drugs, alcohol, food…)
- Weight loss
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), Menstrual pain
- High Blood Pressure,
- Chronic digestive and respiratory issues,
- Sleep disorders and chronic fatigue,
- Pain issues
- Poor memory and concentration difficulties,
- Lack of drive,
- Smoking cessation
- ADHD /Behavioral issues in children.
How does Acupuncture work?
The Qi, or vital energy of the body flows in particular channels in the body, much like rivers hydrate and nourish the earth. Any obstruction in this flow acts like a dam: it backs up in certain areas and doesn’t sufficiently nourish other areas. Acupuncture points are strategic places in the bodily landscape which affect this flow in very particular ways. A skilled acupuncturist uses these points to restore balance thereby adjusting blood flow, supporting the healthy function of organs and of the nervous and hormonal systems. The harmonious cooperation between many organ systems is fundamental to every acupuncture treatment strategy.
Acupuncturists treat people, not diseases. All treatment strategies are based on Oriental diagnosis. Acupuncturists also use a variety of other techniques including massage and heat (moxibustion).
Is Acupuncture safe?
Yes. Acupuncture has been used safely in China for thousands of years. In modern times it is still the treatment of choice for a quarter of the world’s population. Side effects are rare and may include nausea or dizziness during or after a session, slight bleeding or bruising after the needles are withdrawn. These generally pass quickly.
Only sterile, disposable needles are used
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments vary from person to person. Acute, recently acquired conditions may only require a few visits; chronic, longstanding problems may require weekly or biweekly treatments for several months. Musculoskeletal pain issues (such as back pain) generally require two or more treatments per week.