Our acupuncture treatment methods utilize the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture to stimulate the body’s natural healing energy, or qi. Acupuncture involves naturally balancing your internal energy by utilizing needles inserted into the body along acupuncture meridians (pathways throughout your body).
This practice allow your natural qi to flow uninterrupted to areas your body is in need, and away from areas where there may be excess Qi. The result is a more balanced nervous system, reduced pain and a reduction of inflammation throughout the body.
“There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow.”
-Ancient Chinese saying
Following the Chinese Medicine diagnosis, acupuncture needles are inserted into the body at specific points along acupuncture “meridians,” or pathways, which stimulates the body’s healing energy or qi. The body has approximately one thousand acupuncture points. Electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations. Neurophysiologist Bruce Pomeranz at the University of Toronto suggests that the needles trigger the nervous system, releasing painkilling and inflammation-reducing substances. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient, and away from areas where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores a harmonious energetic balance in the body. In Chinese there is a saying, “There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow.”
How does Acupuncture Work?
What problems can be treated by acupuncture?
On November 5, 1997, a panel convened by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) concluded that there is clear evidence that acupuncture needle treatment is effective for nausea and vomiting from postoperative condition as well as chemotherapy, morning sickness, and postoperative dental pain. The 12-member panel also concluded in their consensus statement that there are a number of other pain-related conditions for which acupuncture may be effective. These conditions include but are not limited to fibromyalgia (general muscle pain), low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.
Reach out with questions or to schedule an appointment for a consultation for treatment at one of our St. Louis acupuncture locations in Creve Coeur, Missouri and Swansea, Illinois.