Acupuncture can be effective to treat many ailments, including: allergies, asthma, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, colds, cough, effects of chemotherapy, fatigue, headache, low immunity, indigestion, muscle injuries, PMS, numbness, skin problems, and stress.
Acupuncture theory says that qi (pronounced chee), or life-energy, circulates throughout the body in fixed patterns referred to as channels or meridians. Acupuncture needles can regulate the flow of qi. Because qi travels all over the body internally and externally, it is possible to treat problems in one part of the body by inserting needles at distant points.
After needle insertion, you may feel sensations indicating the awakening of qi flow. These have been described as warmth, heaviness, slight ache, tingling or numbness. Many people report feeling deeply relaxed and elevated in spirit during and after receiving acupuncture.
Although western science cannot explain how acupuncture works, many studies have shown its effectiveness, including its ability to stimulate the body’s natural release of neurotransmitters.
Acupuncturists sometimes prescribe Chinese herbs as part of treatment. Herbal medicines are charged separately from acupuncture.
Chinese herbal medicine has been tested and proven effective by thousands of years of practice. Traditionally herbs are used to treat both the symptom of the illness and the underlying root of the disharmony, according to individualized diagnosis. Herbs are usually combined into formulas that enhance their effectiveness.