Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most widely utilized medical practices in the world. It has been performed for over 3000 years. Known in the United States as a safe and effective method for the alleviation of pain, acupuncture's uses are actually much broader and can be utilized to help treat respiratory, gastrointestinal, or nervous system disorders, as well as affecting psychological-emotional and musculoskeletal problems. Acupuncture views the person as an interactive whole and thus affects all aspects of the body. Medical Acupuncture is the practice of acupuncture performed in the context of a physician's perspective. Physicians trained in acupuncture have gone through intensive training specifically for this sanctified by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. (

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture for the treatment of:

Acupuncture uses extra fine needles placed into specific points on the body. These points lie along channels of the body called "meridians" that allow for the free flow of energy or "qi". When these channels are blocked, imbalance occurs and illness can occur. Acupuncture attempts to clear blocks and allow energy to flow freely thus balance can be re-established. Acupuncture is effective for both acute and chronic conditions. Addiction, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, hypertension, fertility, and weight loss can all be helped by acupuncture with very few side-effects. Acupuncture can also stimulate the immune system and help to prevent illness. It can be used in conjunction with naturopathic and conventional medicine or alone. While you rest quietly, acupuncture needles focus your body's energy where it is most needed for healing. When the points are addressed often you may feel a feeling of heaviness or radiation of this sensation, but most often you will have a feeling of total relaxation. This gentle yet powerful treatment allows your body to re-balance achieving a return to health.


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