Acupuncture


 Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese art that improves the flow of energy, or Chi, throughout the body.  Chinese medicine believes that blockages in the flow of Chi cause a breakdown in the function of tissues and organs of the body, leading to pain, dysfunction, even disease.  Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny needles into the body to alleviate pain,  relieve spasm and improve function of the body.  Western medicine increasingly accepts that acupuncture is benefical in improving muscle and nerve function and relieving pain.


Acupuncture can:


reduce/relieve pain

decrease inflammation

improve blood flow

stimulate hormones

induce relaxation


Acupuncture can help:


headaches

neck pain

low back pain

sciatica

knee pain

tennis elbow

morning sickness

menstrual pain

sprain

dental pain (TMJ)


The World Health Organization (WHO) offers an extensive list of consitions for which acupuncture has been shown to be an effective treatment in clinical trials; as well asconditions for which acupuncture shows  promise but further study is needed.