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What is acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture is a 5700 year old practice of using needles to stimulate specific "acupoints" on the body to restore health. Just under the surface of the skin lies a network of electrical pathways called meridians that carry electrical impulses to the entire body. The "acupoints" are like tuning points along these pathways that are more electrically active, and have the greatest ability to stimulate movement or flow of electricity. Because the needles are metal, they act like antennas to attract that electricity and disperse it throughout the meridian. It is this electricity in the meridians that is ultimately responsible for the movement of all other vital substances including blood and body fluids. While it is best known as an effective treatment for pain, acupuncture can actually help any condition by restoring normal blood flow, fluid movement and neurological activity to all body parts and organs being treated. In 1972, the World Health Organization officially recognized acupuncture as being useful for the treatment of over 30 different medical conditions. Some of these conditions include:

  • Migraines
  • Sinusitis
  • Arthritis
  • PMS
  • Menopause
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Nausea (Including morning sickness and motion sickness)

With recent advances in the field, several new treatment options are available in addition to traditional acupuncture. These include electro-acupuncture (needleless), ultrasound, and injection treatments using only drug free, FDA approved medications. These treatments can offer fast and lasting relief, without the side effects of drug treatments.