What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient form of therapy that promotes natural healing by placing needles on points along the energetic meridians of the body. Every treatment is individualized based on a person’s constitutional, physical and emotional presentation in the moment.
How does acupuncture work?
Currently, there is not one unified scientific explanation for all of the physiological mechanisms underlying the effects of acupuncture; it has a variety of therapeutic actions on the body. The needles simultaneously activate multiple systems in the body’s physiology—including the nervous system, the blood circulation system, the lymphatic system, and the electromagnetic bio-information system. The body has an extraordinary ability for self-healing, and acupuncture stimulates the body in its process.
What conditions can acupuncture help with?
Drugs and surgery are not necessarily your only choice when addressing medical conditions. The World Health Organization lists over 40 conditions for which acupuncture is effective. It can also sometimes reduce dependence on certain medications.
Depending on the condition, acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with Western medicine. Laurie welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with your physician regarding treatment to ensure the best possible care.
How many treatments will I need?
The number and frequency of treatments will depend on how your body responds to acupuncture.
In the beginning, weekly sessions are often helpful, with intervals between treatments lengthening as the condition resolves. Acute conditions often feel better right away. Chronic conditions may require a series of treatments over time, with gradual relief of symptoms.
The benefits of acupuncture tend to be cumulative. You are the best gauge of treatment – let your feelings be your guide.
If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture and how it might be able to help you, feel free to contact Laurie.