Modern acupuncture uses extremely fine single-use needles, made of sterilized stainless steel. They are literally the width of a human hair, flexible and safe. The needles are inserted comfortably at a depth between 2 millimeters and a few inches, depending on the anatomical location and desired treatment effect.
You may wonder how acupuncture works, and the scientific response has been “the mechanism of action is unknown,” in exactly the same sense that we don’t know the way many pharmaceutical drugs work.
Practitioners use acupuncture to regulate the qi, or energy, of the body. By directing, unblocking, toning, strengthening, or reducing that energy thru physical pathways, acupuncturists can improve the function of the systems in the body.
In essence, acupuncture allows the body to function better. When the body functions correctly, symptoms like PMS, insomnia, IBS, headaches, fatigue, depression, stress, anxiety, sports injuries, or chronic pain can resolve without the use of conventional drugs. Acupuncture can also be used to prevent disease, maintain health, relax and rejuvenate.
The World Health Organization has provided a list of conditions that acupuncture has been proven to treat effectively. In addition to that list we would add many conditions to this list, so please contact us for a free consultation if you would like to know whether we can treat your particular health complaint.
**If you cannot find an available online acupuncture appointment, please call our office. The scheduling of acupuncture patients is complex and, due to the limits of our online scheduler, there are often available appointments that we are unable to offer online.
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