The act of stimulating specific sites on the body to promote, maintain, and restore health, to prevent a disorder, or to alleviate pain.
What Conditions Respond to Acupuncture?
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete health care system capable of treating most medical conditions without unwanted side effects. Many people think of Acupuncture as only effective at relieving pain. This view is short sighted, as the medicine has successfully treated diseases such as: Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Thyroid Disorders, Digestive Disorders, Headaches, Infertility, Stress, Insomnia and many others for thousands of years.
What is the Education Required to become a Licensed Acupuncturist?
A graduate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine is a Four Year program of study. It consists of over 3,200 hours of classroom instruction, and includes an extensive clinical education as well. I performed over 300 supervised acupuncture treatments while I was in school. Courses include Western curriculum such as Anatomy and Physiology, Western Pathology, as well as an extensive education in Traditional Acupuncture theory and practice. In most states this degree is a PhD. Some states, including Colorado issue an MSOM degree, Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine.
How does Acupuncture Work?
At the most basic level, gentle stimulation of acupuncture points on the body stimulates the nervous system. The acupuncture points occur over nerve bundles that send messages to the brain. When our systems become overloaded, the body shuts down nerve conduction, blood and lymph flow to certain areas of the body so as to conserve resources. An acupuncturist is able to find these energetic blockages, open them back up so that the body may be nourished inside and out!
How many sessions are typically required?
In general, diseases that have been around longer take longer to treat. In other words, a sprained ankle will heal faster than a person with autoimmune thyroid disease and blood sugar issues. Other factors include the overall health of the individual receiving treatment, nutritional status, and emotional health.
Does it hurt? What is an Acupuncture session like?
Many of my patients fall asleep during a session. This is because acupuncture is one of the best stress reduction tools available. I include Asian Massage, Acupressure, Ear Acupuncture, Cold Laser Therapy, Herbal Medicine, and Diet and Lifestyle Counseling. Most of my clients receive all of theses modalities during a course of treatment.
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Accupuncture Is Effective Medicine
“Acupuncture has been used for over 4,000 years. It is only in the last 100 years that we have relied on ‘Man’s medicine (Synthetic Drugs and Surgery). Experience what 50% of Americans already know: Acupuncture is effective medicine.” -Ryan Powell