The ancient, proven scientific art of acupuncture may seem exotic or even strange, but in truth it works under a very simple premise:
You are a dynamic, energetically responsive being, and all that life-force flowing in your body follows regular pathways, called channels or meridians. This energy is called Qi [“chee”] and it is what keeps you breathing, your heart beating, your mind clear, your stomach digesting and all the other things you accomplish every day, and rather miraculously at that!
When these pathways become blocked, stagnant or deficient, you experience disease and discomfort, whether physical, emotional or mental. Often these blockages and imbalances can and do recover on their own, especially in those of us blessed with strong constitutions and lifestyles that support balance. However, these blockages eventually can become entrenched and take a bit of work to dislodge. Acupuncture greatly accelerates this process, whether the disease or pain is acute or chronic.
Acupuncture is an elegant, efficient and effective way of establishing balance and flow in the body. Acupuncture points on the surface of the body have references in the internal organs and other regions in the body, some local and others far from the actual point. It is a system developed over thousands of years and acupuncture has persisted and thrived all this time for a simple reason: IT WORKS. One of the beauties of acupuncture is that we work WITH your body, rather than against it; we harness your own healing capacity and direct this native energy to wherever it is required.
Perhaps best known for treating pain, swelling and movement difficulties, acupuncture can treat the entire range of human suffering, including (but hardly limited to) the following:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Emotional distress and depression
- Digestive problems
- Asthma and COPD
- Recovery from cancer care
- Colds and flu
- Skin conditions
- Menstrual difficulties
- Endocrine dysfunction
- Post-operative care
- Sexual dysfunction
- Sinus problems
- High blood pressure
- Addiction (smoking, alcoholism, and more)
And perhaps most importantly:
After all, maintenance of a fluid and well-balanced body and mind is far and away the best medicine available!
By inserting hair-thin needles into the skin, the skilled acupuncturist helps the body to regain its balance and allow the body to do what it naturally wants to do: HEAL. Acupuncture is often combined with individualized herbal prescriptions, massage, dietary counseling and exercises such as qigong, meditation and yoga.
Acupuncture, and natural medicine in general, distinguishes itself from conventional medicine by treating not just one or two small parts of you, but by actually helping the whole you. Time and again, folks who come for acupuncture treatment will find improvement in other parts of their health they were not even thinking about!
At Live Well, we use single-use sterilized acupuncture needles of the highest quality. New York licensed acupuncturists are certified in the Clean Needle Technique, and are board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. We study over 4,000 hours in class and clinical internship and have to pass rigorous examinations in western anatomy, physiology, pathology and treatment, in addition to all of our training in Chinese medicine. We work in partnership with conventional medical practitioners to bring the highest level of care possible to our patients.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The needles we use are sterile and very thin, nothing like a hollow needle used in injections and blood draws. Acupuncture is trying to elicit a response in your body, so we hope you do feel something, but that something ought to be gentle and manageable. The most common sensations are dullness, heaviness, mild electric sensations, achiness or nothing at all. As the treatment continues, you will generally feel a sense of well-being and perhaps even a little sleepiness.
How long is the treatment?
You can expect the treatment to last for 30-60 minutes, and the needles may be left in for 20 minutes or so, depending on the desired treatment effect. Assessments before, during, and after the use of acupuncture are an important part of your treatment.
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