Acupuncture is the art and science of regulating the body's
energy to relieve pain, treat and prevent illness, and to promote
health and well being. The origins of acupuncture are lost in
pre-historic times. Acupuncture implements, called Bian stones,
have been found in stone-age graves in China.
Modern acupuncture uses sterile, very fine, surgical stainless
steel needles slightly thicker than a human hair. The needles are
used once on a patient, and then disposed. In trained hands, it
is safe, effective and painless.
Sometimes, rather than just inserting a needle into an
acupoint, your doctor may choose to apply heat to the point, or
stimulate it with very low voltage electricity (no more than is
generated by a flashlight battery). These techniques are called
"Moxibustion" and Electro-Stimulation. They are
additional tools that your doctor may use to further stimulate
the natural healing powers of your body.
Acupuncture and herbal treatments are drug-free, you avoid
side effects or dependency. However, you should always inform any
health practitioner about all pre-existing conditions, the names
of all medications you are taking, whether you are, or could be
pregnant, and if you have a cardiac pacemaker or cosmetic
implants. Your acupuncturist will be able to evaluate your
specific situation with this information to insure the best
Acupuncture treatment may be used along with other medical
care to great advantage. It has been used for pain control after
other medical or dental procedures, for improving healing, and to
lessen the side-effects of some drugs including chemo-therapy.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most people are surprised to learn that acupuncture needles
are very thin. From ten to fifteen acupuncture needles can fit
into one conventional hypodermic needle. Acupuncturists can
attain a high level of skill in gently placing these tiny needles
into the skin with a minimum of discomfort.
Can acupuncture be effective when other treatments have
Absolutely! Each system of medicine has its own areas of
greatest effectiveness. Acupuncture excels in those areas in
which conventional medicine comes up short. Chronic disease, pain
control, and stress related disorders are three of acupuncture
and Oriental medicine's specialties.
If you have any specific conditions for which you would like to know if
acupuncture can help, please Contact us.