Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old Chinese system of natural healing ( no drugs....no surgery), which is concerned with restoring proper energy flow to the various organs, glands and tissues of the body on the premise that most diseases are the result of malfunction due to disrupted energies.
The Chinese definition of Health is "All parts of the body functioning normally," all 400 trillion parts. If there is an interruption in the transmission of energy flow or life force (called ch'i in Chinese), then organ malfunction, disease, pain and suffering are inevitable.
The interruption of energy flow occurs in either or both locations: 1) In the channels of energy flow, which are located throughout the body, just beneath the skin surface; 2) In the spinal column where vertebrae may become misaligned, thereby compressing vital nerve trunks.
Acupuncture can treat many conditions. The textbook listed conditions can run into the hundreds. Typical ailments usually responding to acupuncture health care includes: neuralgias, headaches, trigeminal neuralgia, tics, spasms, muscular rheumatism, neuralgia, of the shoulders and arms, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, ulcer, stomach problems, diarrhea, hepatitis, asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath, coughs, certain types of heart trouble, abnormal blood pressure, hemorrhoids, lumbago, bladder irritation, bed wetting, certain kidney problems, female disorders, impotence, glaucoma (sometimes), weak eyesight, hay fever, loss of smell, tonsillitis, loss of hearing, skin conditions, and even nervous or psychiatric factors based on the fact that often mental problems arise from physical disorders.
The above list may seem long as though acupuncture were a Panacea. The truth is that most textbooks list over two hundred diseases. Please be mindful; of the fact that acupuncture is not like a drug used for one condition, but on the contrary, it is a complete healing art within itself, concerned with the systems of the body such as nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc., and seeks to correct health problems within those systems.
Acupuncture treatments are preformed by determining the skin points. Then they are appropriately treated by one of over 30 methods of stimulation.
Long needle insertion (mainly used for acupuncture anesthesia surgery)
Short needle penetration
Finger tip pressure (called Shishin or finger needles)
Metallic balls taped to the points
Electric stimulation (Microcurrent/Laser)
Moxabustion (the burning of herbs over the points)
Note: The non-piercing needle (teishin) that we use is very popular because the technique is practically painless, there is no blood, no danger of infection, and results are equal to, if not better than other techniques.
Are spinal adjusting treatments neccessary with acupuncture? Absolutely! Spinal adjustments are part of the acupuncture healthcare.