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Patient receiving an acupuncture treatment

Patient receiving an acupuncture treatment

Phoenix Acupuncturist

Acupuncture simply stated is a health science, which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China. In fact authorities agree the science is between 5,000 – 7,000 years old.

At first acupuncture appears strange, the use of needles placed in the skin at various locations to relieve pain or affect a body part are called acupoints. Acupuncture is a principle philosophy not a technique; therefore there are many ways to stimulate other than the use of needles. Pressure, friction, suction, electric stimulation and laser are also effective.

There are over 1,000 acupoints on the body. The reason to stimulate these acupoints is to help move and balance energy called “Chi” in the body to restore health. “Chi” flows to every part of the body in specific non-physical pathways called “meridians.” These meridians are at different depths. The whole system connects itself at many points all over the body.

Phoenix Acupuncturist Explains the Philosophy of Acupuncture (Dao)

Dao is often described as “the path” or “way of life”. Law of Dao advocates moderate living in harmony with nature and striving for balance. This balance is essential to a long and fruitful life. Our bodies are made up of three treasures: 1) “Chi” Energy 2) “Shen” the Spirit 3) “Jing” our Essence.

Chi is found in heart, lungs and circulatory blood and oxygen.

Shen is for brightening of life consciousness and mental abilities, personality thoughts and self-awareness – sometimes compared to the soul.

Jing represents a persons potential for development. The Chinese do believe there is a finite amount of Jing. As we progress through life we lose or consume our Jing little by little. If you live a careless life and abuse your body you loose Jing. Acupuncture can help to reduce the loss of Jing. By preserving your Jing this increases your health to live a ripe old age.

In order to understand Dao the Chinese developed two concepts that together form the basis of Chinese thought Yin and Yang.

Yin and Yang

The idea of harmony and balance are also the basis of Yin and Yang. The principle states that the opposing, but complementary forces govern each person. A simpler way of looking at Yin and Yang is that there are two sides to every thing: happy-sad; tired-energetic; and hot-cold. Yin and Yang are the opposite that makes us whole. They can exist without each other and nothing is ever completely one without the other. Chi is only possible because of the interplay between these forces.

Think of Yin and Yang like a candle. Yin is the wax. Yang is the flame. Yin (wax) nourishes and supports the Yang (flame). The flame needs the wax for its existence. Yang consumes the Yin and in the process burns brightly. When the wax (Yin) is gone, the flame is gone too. So Yin and Yang depend on each other for their existence.

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How Does It Work?

The human bodies energy flows over twelve meridians or channels that are normally well balanced. If a disruption of energy flow exists, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body.

If we were to compare a 150lb person on one end of a seesaw and a 100lb person on the other end, it becomes obvious the seesaw would appear broken because the heavier person would be sitting on the ground and the lighter person would be dangling in the air. Even though the seesaw is producing symptoms of being broken. Extensive examinations would not reveal anything is wrong with the seesaw. The obvious answer is in the balance; correct the balance would correct the problem (symptoms). Acupuncture goals are to restore balance – utilizing a combination of acupoints located on the twelve meridians.

Is the treatment painful?

Acupuncture needles are very small.

Acupuncture needles are very small.

One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most of us can relate to being stuck with a pin or hypodermic injection. However four acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle.

The sensitivity of different acupoints may vary some points are not felt at all while some points may feel like brief sting. Once the needles are in there is no pain. Some point of treatment a person may feel warmth being released. Treatment usually lasts 15-20 minutes. For your protection all needles are sterile and disposable.

How many treatments are used?

Obviously the numbers of treatments vary with different conditions and individual’s chronic problems generally require more then acute conditions. in our Phoenix acupuncturist office some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas others may not notice any effect until seven or eight treatments are complete. Its been shown that certain percentage of patients achieve maximum benefit up to six months following a course of therapy. A smaller number of patients will experience worsening symptoms as the body energies are returning to normal. This is usual and no need for alarm, it is followed by improvement.

Researchers internationally agree the usual number of treatments is between eight and sixteen. The usual frequency is between two and four times a week.

Patients are urged not to enter acupuncture programs with the thought of “taking a few” to see what happens. Even though it is possible to achieve success, a program of ten visits would have a better chance for success. Patients are encouraged to be patient with the healing process.

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Acupuncture has gained a great deal of notoriety in recent years with considerable success. Smoking and weight loss are the two most common conditions treated and have the most favorable results.

Thanks for visiting our site. We look forward to meeting with you in person and learning how acupuncture can fit into your health care goals. Give our Phoenix acupuncturist office a call or send us an email and we can arrange a time to explore your options!


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