Acupuncture is a natural healing system that has been practiced and refined for over 5,000 years in China. Its effectiveness has been seen in countless clinical cases and is being supported more and more by scientific research.
The four major components in Traditional Chinese Medicine:
- 1. Acupuncture: Balancing energy flow in the body
- 2. T’ui-Na: Correcting structural misalignments i.e., the chiropractic adjustment
- 3. Herbology Nutrition
- 4. Qi Gong: Mind-body healing through meditation and exercise
The premise of acupuncture is that most diseases are due to dysfunction in the body caused by an imbalance in your body’s meridians, or energy system. The Chinese refer to this energy flow as qi or ch’i. This network of energy channels is separate from any of the known pathways of nerves, blood vessels, or lymph channels.
Disturbances in your body’s energy flow can be detected through palpation of tender acupuncture points, pulse measurement, certain symptoms, and even instrumentation that graphs the meridians on a computer. Acupuncture restores proper energy flow to your body’s organs and tissues.
There are hundreds of conditions that respond well to acupuncture some of which include: headaches, spasms, muscular problems, low back pain, neuralgias, shoulder pain, arm pain, tennis elbow, osteoarthritis, stomach problems, asthma, bronchitis, coughs, abnormal blood pressure, hemorrhoids, bladder problems, bed wetting, certain kidney problems, female disorders, impotence, weak eyesight, loss of smell, tonsillitis, loss of hearing, skin conditions, and even correcting breeched babies.
In treating with acupuncture, most people will have needles as the first thought in their minds. In reality, there are dozens of ways to stimulate an acupuncture point. Some of these methods of treatment include the traditional needle, the non-piercing needle (teishin), electrical stimulation, fingertip pressure, moxabustion (using radiant heat from burning herbs), and seeds or metallic beads that are taped to the point.
At Capital Chiropractic & Acupuncture, we primarily treat with electrical stimulation of the points, though needle and non-piercing teishin acupuncture is available for those that prefer it. The advantages of electrical stimulation are that it is noninvasive, painless, and has a quicker therapeutic effect than needles so you can seize the rest of your day! Regardless of the method of treatment, the therapeutic results will be equal and nine out of ten patients will get better.