Acupuncture originated in China as early as 500 B.C. It has been utilized as a significant means of restoring and maintaining health in many countries ever since. Today we commonly hear about acupuncture as a means to stop smoking, to lose weight or help reduce pain, but acupuncture is so much more!
The following is a brief list of what Acupuncture has been proven in individual studies by the World Health Organization to be effective in treating:
low back pain
periarthritis of the shoulder
facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
induction of labor
correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
nausea and vomiting
adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
acute bacillary dysentery
acute and chronic gastritis
Acupuncture treatment is based on the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Chinese Medicine each person has a network of energy channels or "meridians" that run through their body. One's health is dependent on the constant flow and circulation of energy or "Qi" ( pronounced 'chee') and nutrients through these meridians. Pain and illness are the result of blockages or disruptions in the flow of Qi in the body. Many things can cause blockages or disruptions: pathogens, stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, trauma, medications and their side effects. Acupuncture works by inserting needles into specific points on the body which stimulate blocked meridians and help to return the flow of energy to its normal state.