What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a health care system based on the stimulation of special points (meridians) near the surface of the skin.  Its purpose is to help restore health and wellbeing by adjusting and balancing the energy flow (chi) and functions of the body's system.

Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy that uses, amongst other things, needles for treating diseases.  For centuries now Acupuncture has been the most important part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M.) system used in the China, Japan and Korea. The reason is that Eastern thinking traditions, philosophy and Acupuncture have evolved together.  In the Western world, where Acupuncture is of growing importance in medicine, the concept that mind, body and environment interact very closely is now widely accepted.

Acupuncture is based on the concept of energy.  Energy in nature regulates (plant) growth, climates, seasons, day and night etc. In man, it takes care of all the processes that make people living creatures: seeing, hearing, thinking, feeling, digestion of food, breathing, sleeping, emotions, reproduction, etc., to make a long story short: everything.

In a natural, healthy situation, all forms of energy between an organism and its environment are in balance with each other.  Disease, however, to put it simply, is a disorder of the natural balance. In cases in which the body is not capable of restoring the balance again by itself, Acupuncture can offer help.

What does Acupuncture treat?

The World Health Organization, an internationally recognized authority concerning health-related matters has compiled a list of symptoms, conditions, and diseases that have been proven as effectively treated by acupuncture. There is also a list for diseases, symptoms and conditions for which therapeutic effect have been shown with acupuncture. Take a look at the lists below.

Allergies
Anxiety
Arthritis
Asthma
Bronchitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Fatigue
Colitis
Common Cold
Constipation
Dental pain
Depression
Diarrhea
Digestive troubles
Dizziness
Dysentery
Emotional difficulties

Eye Problems
Facial paralysis
Fatigue
Fertility
Fibromyalgia
Gingivitis
Headache
Hiccough
Incontinence
Indigestion
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Low back pain
Menopause
Menstrual irregularities
Migraines
Morning sickness
Nausea
Osteoarthritis

Premenstrual Syndrome
Pneumonia
Reproductive problems
Rhinitis
Sciatica
Shoulder pain
Sinusitis
Sleep disturbances
Sore throat
Stress
Tennis elbow
Tonsillitis
Tooth pain
Trigeminal Neuralgia
Urinary Tract infections
Vomiting
Wrist pain

Very often patients will come to us a "last resort ".  Usually patient turn to Acupuncture after trying medications, medical procedures, and even surgery and not getting the relief they need. They have already spent a lot of money and time in the process of trying to find relief.

In many cases, at Whole Person Health, our patients find a measure of relief while some even find total relief with Acupuncture. Although individual results can vary, the majority of patients are very pleased with the results and we hear from them very often that they wish they had tried acupuncture first.