Acupuncture & Standard Medical Practice
For over 3,000 years, acupuncture has been used by doctors throughout Eastern Asia to prevent and treat ailments of all kinds. Today, it is used around the globe and is endorsed as a viable medical treatment option by both the World Health Organization and the United States National Institutes of Health. Acupuncture can be used as a form of treatment for nearly any health concern, but currently, it is most well-known for its powerful effect in helping reduce pain without the use of medication.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal naturally. It works to restore harmony and energetic balance. The treatment utilized in Chinese medicine and Acupuncture is unique to each patient. According to TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), pain is caused by the stagnation of Qi (energy), Xuè (blood) and a blockage of meridians (causing pain). Acupuncture works to remove blockages along meridian pathways in the body, and once these blockages are removed, the pain is gone, and the Qi and blood flow becomes restored.
How Does Acupuncture Heal?
During the practice, acu-points are stimulated, which are located along the meridians/pathways in the body, and can be at shallow or deep levels. This stimulates and moves Qi and Xue. This not only removes blockages in the channel, but regulates the internal organs to influence vital energy of the overall body. By promoting Qi circulation, you are promoting blood circulation, influencing tissue repair, removing blood stasis, easing muscle spasms, and decreasing inflammation & swelling in the area of injury.
In addition to pain syndromes, Acupuncture is widely used for addressing hormonal imbalances, such as menstrual irregularities, infertility, and menopausal symptoms. It is also common therapy for emotional support that is used for conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, or stress reduction. Other common health concerns that can be treated with acupuncture include nausea, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, headaches, allergies, asthma, and nasal congestion.
Matthew Winke, LAc
Matthew specializes in Acupuncture Orthopedics & Pain Management, Cupping, and Chinese Herbal Medicine to restore health and well-being to his patients.
April Zhang, LAc
April blends her training in acupuncture with Chinese herbal medicine to naturally heal her patients’ wide range of health concerns at Total Health.