Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture is a system of treatment that has evolved over thousands of years in East Asia. Acupuncture treatments work to restore and balance the body's vital energy also known as Qi. To achieve and maintain good health, the body's energy must flow smoothly. If the energy flow is disrupted or blocked, illness occurs. The Oriental Medical theory behind acupuncture as medical treatment is very different from that of Western medicine. In Oriental Medicine, being healthy means a balance between Yin and Yang, the complementary extremes of the life force.
Qi flows through pathways and meridians in your body, and these are accessible through more than 350 acupuncture points. By inserting needles into these points in various combinations, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will rebalance, offering not only pain relief but also treatment. Many patients complement acupuncture with other therapies such as chiropractic care, massage, physical therapy, and more. This Chinese therapy is all-natural and allows the body to repair itself with help from stimulating specific acupoints.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin needles through the skin to various depths at strategic points on one's body. Although acupuncture originated in Asia, its popularity has grown significantly within the United States in the past two decades. While the idea of having needles inserted may be off-putting to first-time acupuncture patients, they soon discover that the experience is relatively pain-free and even pleasurable. Acupuncture is known to induce a state of relaxation while many studies and research have indicated that it provides several medical benefits.
The majority of reported side effects of acupuncture are soreness, slight bleeding, or bruising at the needle sites. It is rare for a needle to break or an internal organ to be injured. These risks are extremely low in the hands of a licensed acupuncturist. New Start Chiropractic & Acupuncture uses only sterilized stainless acupuncture needles that are used by a licensed acupuncture practitioner.