Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very thin needles at various locations on the body called acupuncture points. These points are located along a network of channels that run in certain directions where Qi (chee) is said to flow most readily. Qi is often referred to as energy, but its concept is much more complex. Qi gives us and all of nature, here and in the entire universe, life and structure. It is spoken of within the dynamic of yin and yang, a concept of duality and constant balance. Clinically we talk about Qi in the human body as having specific function within each organ system and corresponding meridian. If the flow of Qi becomes blocked, pain results. If the yin or yang of Qi becomes out of balance, pain, disease and/or dysfunction results. An acupuncturist assess the state of Qi and uses specific acupuncture points to help the body correct the imbalance and restore proper function.
Modalities Used in Acupuncture Treatments
At Yin Acupuncture, we take a holistic approach to acupuncture in order to treat the whole person. This means that in addition to using acupuncture needles, we will often employ other complementary modalities along with acupuncture. The common modalities used include:
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Acupuncture for Treating Conditions
Acupuncture has long been a central component to Chinese Medicine used in the treatment of many conditions. Acupuncture continues to be widely practiced in both the east and west in the treatment of Anxiety and Depression, Orthopedic Conditions, Respiratory/Asthma, Sinus Conditions, Allergies, Hormonal Imbalance, Fertility, Stress Reduction, Headaches/Migraines and TMJ Syndrome.
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Acupuncture for Maintaining Wellness
Acupuncture is beneficial even if you are not experiencing acute or persistent medical symptoms. Acupuncture can be an essential aid in maintaining overall wellness, reducing general stress and achieving a sense of balance in one’s life. Most people will experience tremendous benefits from making Acupuncture an integral part of their self care practices.