This comprehensive medical system is over 4,000 years old and is based on the movement of Qi (energy) throughout the body. For various reasons, the flow and distribution of Qi can become unbalanced. Through these sessions, our experienced acupuncturists can help determine underlying causes and patterns of disharmony and then help restore balance by “needling” particular points throughout the body. FAQ about Acupuncture and READ MORE about our Integrative Approach with Acupuncture. Sessions: 60 minutes.
Medical acupuncture uses Traditional Chinese Medicine concepts and applies them within an overall traditional/allopathic medicine framework. In most cases, medical acupuncture is not intended to be the sole treatment for a patient’s particular condition; rather, it is most useful when applied in conjenction with the patient’s ongoing medical treatment with his/her primary care physician. What can Medical Acupuncture Treat? Acupuncture can be useful in treating a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses. Examples of such conditions include:
- Musculoskeletal disorders such as headaches, low back pain, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome
- Gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable/spastic bowels, gastritis, diarrhea, indigestion
- Some psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression
- Pulmonary disorders including recurrent sinusitis, bronchitis
- Some menstrual/pelvic disorers such as menstrual cramping and (sometimes) infertility
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have issued statements outlining the efficacy of acupuncture for many conditions. Dr. Archard believes that any treatment must be prescribed in the context of the whole person, not just based on one or two specific symptoms. As part of this philosophy, acupuncture treatments are most effective when they are combined with conventional medcial treatment provided by each patient’s primary care physician.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on the management of a life force or energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”). According to TCM theory, Qi flows freely through channels in the body called meridians. Each meridian connects to a specific organ that governs a particular function of the body. When healthy, Qi maintains a balance between two opposing energies: the yin (negative, dark, feminine) and the yang (positive, light, masculine). Illness occurs when Qi becomes blocked or unbalanced. Acupuncture and other forms of TCM treatments restore the balance and flow of Qi. For certain conditions, TCM may work well as a stand-alone treatment, but for many conditions TCM therapy works most effectively when combined with Western Care. Conditions Helped:*
- Musculoskeletal: Carpal Tunnel Syndrom, Fibromyalgia, Low Back Pain/Sciatica, Osteoarthritis, Pain
- Digestive: Constipation, Diarrhea, Hyperacidity, Indigestion, Nausea/Vomiting
- Gynecological: Endometriosis, Infertility, Irregular Menses, Menopause, Menstrual Cramps
- Neurological: Headache/Migraine, Neurogenic Bladder, Neuropathies, Stroke Rehabilitation
- Respiratory: Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, Common Cold, Sinusitis
- Dermatology: Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema
- Mind/Body: Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Stress
*Please not that this list of conditions is not exhaustive.