Other Commonly Treated Conditions:

• Allergies/Asthma
• Anxiety/Depression
• Arthritis/joint problems
• Asthma
• Back pain
• Bell’s Palsy
• Bladder/kidney problems
• Carpal Tunne
• Childhood illness
• Chronic Pain
• Constipation/diarrhea
• Colds/influenza
• Cough/bronchitis
• Depression
• Digestive Problems
• Dizziness
• Drug/alcohol/smoking addiction
• Effects of chemotherapy
• Fatigue
• Fibromyalgia
• Frozen Shoulder
• Gastrointestinal disorders
• Gynecological disorders
• Headache/migraine
• Heart problems/palpitations
• High blood pressure/Hypertension
• IBS/IBD
• Immune disorders
• Infertility
• Insomnia
• Knee pain
• Menieres Disease
• Menopausal discomfort
• Migraines
• Muscle Pain
• Neck pain/stiffness
• PMS
• Paralysis/numbness
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Plantar Fascitis
• Rhinitis
• Sciatica
• Sexual dysfunction
• Shingles
• Sinusitis
• Skin problems
• Stress/tension
• Stroke
• Tendonitis
• TMD (TMJ)
• Trigeminal Neuralgia

About Chinese Medicine:
Traditional Chinese Medicine is a physiological medicine, a system of understanding and treating imbalances in the body, which has been practiced, studied and refined by doctors for over two thousand years. Traditional Chinese medicine, like Western medicine, sees the body as a homeostatic system: our organs and physical processes work together to maintain a stable equilibrium. Disease and ill health occur when external factors (stress, poor diet, trauma, etc) disrupt the body’s innate balance. The goal of Chinese medicine is simply to return the body to its natural state of equilibrium.

Though the terminology in Traditional Chinese Medicine is different than what you might be used to hearing in a Western doctor’s office, TCM and Western Medicine are based on the same physiological knowledge. Chinese Medicine differs only in its approach to the body. Doctors of Chinese Medicine view the body as an integrated whole; they observe relationships between the internal organs, the neurovascular system and the musculoskeletal system. If one part of the whole is out of balance, each of the other systems will also be affected. Doctors of Chinese Medicine diagnose illness through careful evaluation of each of these systems.

Treatment:
In Chinese Medicine, physiological balance depends on the circulation of blood, nutrients and air (or “qi”). When the body is out of balance, circulation is impeded. Acupuncture promotes circulation by facilitating communication (through neuropathways) between the organs, the external body and the neurovascular system. In addition to acupuncture, doctors of Chinese Medicine also use Nutrition Therapy, Herbal Medicine and massage to treat imbalances, stimulate circulation and return the body to its natural equilibrium.

How does acupuncture work?
In an acupuncture treatment, the practitioner applies ultra-thin needles to specific points in the body. These acupuncture points are located in places that have high concentrations of neurovascular components – points in the body which carry higher electrical charges due to neurovascular activity. Each point is associated with a particular neurovascular channel and a particular organ. When an acupuncture point is triggered by a needle, the patient often feels a slight electrical pulse. These pulses are created by neurons, which circulate to sections of the spinal cord where they meet neurons of the corresponding organs and blood vessels that also travel to that particular section. The broad scientific theory behind acupuncture is that the charged acupuncture points activate the central nervous system, which sends messages to the body’s self-regulating systems, creating biochemical changes that stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities.

How does it feel?
Many patients don’t feel the initial insertion of the needle. Those that do, report quick tingling sensation. Once the needles are inserted, they are usually left in for 20 to 40 minutes. During this time, patients experience a deep state of relaxation, often falling asleep.