Acupuncture is an alternative medicine method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing. It is among the oldest healing practices in the world. Acupuncture originates from China and has been practiced there for thousands of years. It aims to prevent and cure specific diseases and conditions by sticking very fine, solid needles into points of the body.
The foundation of acupuncture is the belief in an energy force called Qi. This energy, or life force, circulates around the body through invisible channels called meridians. If the flow of Qi in the meridians is disrupted, then disease may follow. By inserting fine needles into particular points, the disruption can be corrected and the flow of Qi restored.
Whether or not you believe in the philosophy of Qi makes no difference to the effects of acupuncture. Scientific trials around the world have found that acupuncture is a safe and useful treatment for many different disorders.
Hiroe Yamani, M.S., L.Ac. is a National Board Certified Acupuncturist. She earned her Masters degree at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York. Hiroe is trained in three different kinds of acupuncture styles; Traditional Chinese Medicine, Myofascial Trigger Point Release, and Japanese Style Acupuncture.
Hiroe specializes in Kiiko Matsumoto techniques developed by Japanese Master, Kiiko Matsumoto. This acupuncture style utilizes the systematic palpatory method which is designed to give an instant feedback. She studied directly with Kiiko Matsumoto in the U.S. and Japan.
Does it (needling or acupuncture process) hurt?
People experience needling differently. Most feel no pain. Some experience a sensation like that of a mosquito bite that disappears very quickly. The needles can be quickly adjusted in the unlikely event of you feeling uncomfortable during the needling process. (Please do not hesitate to tell us if you feel uncomfortable.) The more you can relax during an acupuncture treatment, the better the results. Some people even fall asleep during the treatment. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Following the treatment it is very common for you to feel a tremendous sense of relaxation and calm.
What are the needles like?
We only use FDA approved sterile, disposable needles. They are only used once.
How Many Treatments Does It Take?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, in general, is understood to be a process. It is trying to stimulate the body’s own natural healing capabilities. Some people respond quickly, and others take more time. Common sense would dictate that the longer a person has had a condition, the longer it might take for it to reverse, though every so often, a person with a seemingly intractable problem responds very quickly. You should plan on a course of four to six treatments to either affect a cure, relieve symptoms totally or partially. After this initial course of treatments, a blueprint can be determined as to how to proceed from there.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus study, following diseases, symptoms or conditions can be improved with acupuncture.
Bloating, Colitis, Constipation, Diarrhea, Gastritis, Heartburn, Nausea, Ulcers, Poor appetite, Vomiting
Bell’s Palsy, Dental pain, Headache, Neuropathy, Stroke symptoms, TMJ
Asthma, Allergies, Bronchitis, Cough, Cold, Flu, Sore Throat, Sinusitis
High Blood Pressure, Low Blood Pressure
Eye Problems, Hearing Problems, Tinnitus
Muscle pain, Swelling, Weakness / Arthritis, Back pain, Knee pain, Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Sciatica
Difficult and/or painful Urination, Menopausal symptoms, Ovarian Cysts, Painful Menstruation, PMS, Prostate problems
Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Stress, Alcohol, Drugs, Nicotine dependence
Blood Disorders, Recurrent infections, Diabetes, Skin conditions, Eczema, Acne
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