Acupuncture is a form of holistic medicine that has been used in China for centuries. The Chinese believe that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi or energy flow becomes stuck or stagnant. An acupuncturist will insert very fine, disposable needles into specific points in the body to alter the flow of qi and return the body to a state of balance or health.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a licensed therapist puts special cups on your skin to create suction. The cups may be made of glass or plastic and can be performed dry or wet, with heat or a pump creating the suction.
One of our two licensed acupuncturists may use acupuncture and/or cupping to treat a variety of disorders, including:
- Neurological disorders, such as neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness, post-stroke recovery, facial palsy, trigeminal neuralgias
- Gastrointestinal disorders, such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, GI weakness, gastritis, anorexia, nausea
- Psychological disorders, such as depression, anxiety, and eating disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders, such as arthritis, sciatica, low back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue, carpal tunnel syndrome
- Gynecological disorders, such as irregular, heavy or painful periods, infertility, PMS, menopause
- Respiratory disorders, such as emphysema, sinus infections, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, colds and flu
- Circulatory diseases, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, headaches, cold hands and feet
- Addictions, such as sugar, alcohol, nicotine, drugs.
- Supportive therapy, such as management of symptoms for other chronic and painful disorders including post-surgery pain
The needles most often used for Acupuncture are as thin as your hair and about an inch long. The stainless-steel needles are used only once and are sterile.