Acupuncture is an ancient technique which has been practiced in China for over 4000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine views health as a constantly changing flow of energy, or Chi. Chi flows through 14 different channels, or meridians, on both sides of the body. Each meridian contains a definitive number of specific acupuncture points which affect the energy. When the energy is either decreased or increased in a particular meridian, causing an imbalance, disease can result. Due to the diet, work, and overall lifestyle of Americans today, the imbalance is usually noted as a deficiency of energy rather than an excess. The goal then becomes to restore the energy and return balance to the body. Because each meridian is associated with a body organ or organ system, acupuncture can treat the entire human body. Acupuncturists use very thin needles inserted into the acupuncture points along the energy meridians to regulate the imbalances of the energy. This stimulates the body’s internal healing mechanisms, which help with pain control, reduces inflammation, and allows balance of hormones.
Acupuncture has been used in Asia to treat almost any illness, including flu and common colds, high blood pressure, and appendicitis. It is also a common form of non-drug anesthesia for surgery and childbirth in China. In the US, the most common ailments treated are chronic pain syndromes, such as arthritis, headaches, and back pain. However, western medicine is beginning to accept the role of acupuncture in treating many different ailments including nausea due to chemotherapy and morning sickness, allergies and addictions. Dr. Stratton has successfully used acupuncture to treat many women for infertility, hormone imbalances, and stimulation of labor for women over 40 weeks pregnant.
Insertion of the very thin needle elicits no pain, however once the acupuncture point is reached and the chi is stimulated the patient may feel a sensation. This sensation is different for everyone. Some patients describe a tingling, others a slight ache or pressure.
It is important to:
- Eat something within 2-3 hours before an acupuncture treatment. Treatment on an empty stomach may cause a patient to become nauseous.
- Do not drink any alcohol or do strenuous physical activity within 2-3 hours before treatment.
- Make sure you tell your acupuncturist if you are pregnant or might be pregnant.
- Inform your acupuncturist if you have a pacemaker, wires, or any other metal in your body.
- Relax and enjoy your treatment
A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture
Many people are hesitant when it comes to acupuncture, but it is an incredibly safe, painless and effective way to improve overall health. This holistic treatment originated more than 4,000 years ago, and it has proven effective in clinical trials to treat and prevent a number of medical conditions.
Traditional Chinese Medicine views health as a constantly changing flow of energy, or Chi (pronounced “chee”). Chi flows through 14 different channels, or meridians, on both sides of the body. The ultimate goal of acupuncture is to restore the energy and return balance to the body.
The benefits of acupuncture are widespread. Many of our patients report feeling of relaxation and improved energy. Acupuncture can also help you feel and look younger, decrease wrinkles, improve circulation and boost your immune system.
A Natural Way To Heal
Acupuncture enhances recuperative power and immunity to promote natural healing. It also improves physical and emotional health and overall wellbeing. At Stratton Chiropractic and Family Health Center, we can help relieve a wide variety of ailments, including:
– Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
– Sinusitis and Asthma
– Nicotine Addiction (Smoking)
– Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
– Morning Sickness
– Migraine and Headache
– Sports Injuries
– Weight Loss
– Lower Back Pain
– Digestive Problems
– Premenstrual Syndrome
What to Expect
First we will meet with you to determine your particular needs. Dr. Stratton will review your medical history and discuss what you want to achieve with each treatment. Treatment frequency is determined on an individual basis, as each patient has different needs. We recommend discussing this with Dr. Stratton on your first visit.
The procedure is painless. Tiny, hair thin needles are placed into the acupuncture points to transfer energy and restore balance. Depending on your treatment, the needles are left in the body from as few as 10 seconds to as long as 30 minutes.
You can trust in Stratton Chiropractic and Family Health Center. Dr. Stratton is specially trained and has been practicing the art of acupuncture since 2001. We will offer you a comfortable environment and compassionate care. Please feel free to contact us today. We would be happy to assist you in improving your state of mind and your health.