Acupuncture has helped billions of people over the past 2500 years. Acupuncture treatments not only help to relieve the signs and symptoms of many health problems,
it also helps to uncover and resolve the underlying root cause(s) of those symptoms.
Chinese Medicine treats the whole person. It's not solely focused on the physical ailment, it addresses the underlying causes as well.
Its diagnostic and therapeutic strengths lie in its ability to identify and treat both the source of the illness as well as the presenting
symptoms. In this way, it differs from Western Medicine, which often tends to focus on symptomatic relief.
The physical, psychological and emotional disharmonies that lead to discomfort and disease may be the result of:
- Environmental factors such as climate, pollutants, urban living, contagious diseases
- Physical traumatic injury
- Internal imbalances from our emotions, thoughts, and genetic makeup
- Lifestyle imbalances from overwork, improper diet, poor posture, and poor sleep.
By identifying the root cause of the illness, informed and effective action can be taken to treat the condition and prevent reoccurrence.
For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used to restore, promote and maintain optimal health. In ancient China, practitioners discovered meridians in the body, each containing their own specialized points. Today, these meridians and points are well researched and used to heal worldwide.
Acupuncture subscribes to the ancient view that the basis of good health is the harmonious balance of qi (chi), the vital life force that empowers the body. Acupuncture entails the insertion of fine needles at certain points on the body's meridians that are chosen by the practitioner according to the imbalance of the body. The tip of the needle meets the energy in the meridian in order to create balance, and to promote the free flow of qi. Often times, when there is discomfort, there is stagnation of qi in that area of the body. Acupuncture is able to move the stuck qi and alleviate chronic or acute pain. It is also used for many other health concerns such as anxiety, fertility issues, mental and emotional disorders, cardiovascular disease, asthma, allergies, and digestive issues just to name a few.
Gainesville Acupuncture FAQS
Is acupuncture safe?
- Acupuncture: Tiny, disposable, sterile one-use needles are placed gently into specific acupuncture points.
It takes 20 acupuncture needles to equal the width of one hypodermic needle.
- Herbal Prescriptions: An all natural patent or customized herbal formula prescribed to treat the root of your symptoms, not just the symptoms themselves.
- Moxibustion: Moxa (Artemisia Vulgaris) is an herb used in conjunction with acupuncture treatments. Traditionally, the moxa is shaped into small cones and burned on specific acupuncture points. The radiant heat produced by the burning herb penetrates deeply into the body, where it helps to restore the body's natural balance and flow of Qi. Indirect moxibustion is performed by using moxa balm, moxa tincture, and an indirect heat source, such as a heat lamp.
- Heat Therapy: A TDP Heat Lamp is used on specific acupuncture points and/or muscles to help stimulate blood flow in the area exposed. This is effective in helping to relieve pain, muscle and joint stiffness, muscle spasms and sprains and strains.
How many treatments will I need?
The simple answer is yes. Acupuncture has been practiced for well over 2500 years, helping billions of people to heal and stay healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The FDA requires that acupuncturists follow strict safety guidelines and use only sterile, nontoxic needles that are labeled for single use only.
How does acupuncture work?
Each patient is different, however, typically the initial phase of the treatment plan is 4-10 visits. The number of treatments depends on how long the condition has been present and how quickly the patient responds to treatment. Generally speaking, if the condition is an acute condition, patients respond more quickly than if the condition has been chronic.
How does an acupuncturist assess a patient's condition?
Acupuncture balances the body's Qi. When the Qi is balanced and flowing freely, the body's natural self healing abilities are activated, enabling internal stability and harmony to occur. The body will flourish, and true health and well being can be achieved. The stresses of daily life affect the quality and flow of Qi. Different stresses affect meridians and organs in different ways, disrupting or blocking Qi flow.
A blockage in the meridians will restrict the supply of Qi required to nourish and support the cells, tissues, muscles, organs, and glands. This blockage can manifest into various signs and symptoms. Over time, the body as a whole becomes weakened, and its self healing abilities compromised. Eventually it becomes susceptible to pain, disease, and ill health.
An acupuncturist uses multiple diagnostic skills to effectively evaluate the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi flowing within the body.
Pulse diagnosis: Over 26 subtle variations in the quality of the pulse are felt at six different positions on each wrist.
Listening: By asking pertinent questions, information is gathered about past medical history, present health, life style, and emotional state.
Physical Exam: A person’s appearance, demeanor, and tone of voice, as well as the color, shape, and size of the tongue provide pertinent clues about internal health. Palpation of specific areas and acupuncture points can also reveal Qi imbalances.