Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicine used to alleviate pain and promote overall health. Acupuncture uses needles placed along invisible meridians that run throughout the body. Today, acupuncturists also use lasers, magnets and electric pulses in addition to needles. Each meridian point has a specific meaning and can unblock and repair meridians and channels with vital energy or chi. Through the stimulation of the meridians, an acupuncturist is able to restore balance and ergo health to the patient.
Western medical acupuncture is a therapeutic modality involving the insertion of fine needles; it is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture using current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, and the principles of evidence based medicine. It acts mainly by stimulating the nervous system, and its known modes of action on the central nervous system. Western medical acupuncture is principally used by conventional healthcare practitioners, most commonly in primary care.
Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of health problems, such as:
- Acute/Chronic lower back pain
- Tension-type and migraine headaches
- Neck pain
- Joint pain
- Postoperative pain
- Depression and anxiety
Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to understanding normal function and disease processes, and focuses as much on the prevention of illness as on the treatment.
Make an appointment today for acupuncture with Dr Steven Clites or Dr Trevor Penning