Acupuncture originated in China more than 5000 years ago. It is an entire system of health and healing predicated on the concept that energy or the vital life force (Qi or chi) flows throughout the body through twelve major energy pathways or meridians.
Each pathway courses through specific organs and tissues and is named accordingly.
The philosophy of acupuncture is based on the concept that disease emanates from troublesome-excessive or inadequate-energy flow through a meridian causing disease and/or dysfunction of organs and tissues along that meridian.
- Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are thin and flexible. They are placed at various acupuncture points of the body with the intent to normalize function and energy flow at those points. Most patients don’t feel the placement of the needle at all, while some have varying pain sensations ranging from minimal to moderate. Patients that find it painful are usually toxic and need detoxification prior to a full acupuncture treatment. Those who do find needle placement painful usually report that any initial pain quickly subsides.
- What is a meridian?
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the term meridian refers to a pathway in the body in which a small electrical current or energy flows. This pathway travels through different organs and tissues. Meridians are named according to the major organs they flow through (e.g. heart meridian, kidney meridian). A disturbance of the energy flow in one organ along a pathway will alter the energy flow to every tissue/organ along that pathway. For a full list of TCM meridians and tissue they encompass, search the Internet for acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine.
- How do I schedule an initial appointment at Natural Horizons?
Natural Horizons’ highly trained medical and administrative staff is ready to help you. Simply call us to schedule a convenient time for your initial appointment. Our business hours are:
Monday – Friday: 8AM until 5PM
Saturday: 9AM until 12 Noon on most Saturdays
• Toll Free: (877) 292-1571
• Fax: (703) 267-6977
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- What should I bring to my first appointment?
Please bring all recent medical records, including lab work, test results, x-rays, scans, and any other information relevant to your condition.
If you have downloaded our Patient Intake Form, or received it by mail, please fill it out completely and bring it with you to your first appointment.
If you have not received the Patient Intake Form, please arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to your appointment, so that you will have ample time to fill it out prior to seeing your doctor.
Treatment involves inserting thin acupuncture needles into particular points along a meridian, thereby normalizing the energy flow to the diseased or dysfunctional organs/tissues along that meridian and healing the problem areas.
Pre-treatment diagnosis includes checking the tongue and face, the pulse in the radial or wrist area, and taking a thorough history of the patient's illness. This determines where acupuncture needles, usually about a dozen at a time, will be placed.
Conditions Successfully Treated with Acupuncture
- Various Ulcers
- Most Gastrointestinal Problems
- Stroke Paralysis
- Illnesses associated with environmental toxins
- Chronic Pain (many types)
- Addictions (work, sex, smoking, alcohol, drugs, food) have been treated successfully with a type of ear acupuncture called aureculotherapy.
- Mental Disorders (depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, insomnia)
Acupuncture as Adjunct Therapy
- Immune Enhancement
- Many Other Therapies (even surgery) can be enhanced when combined with acupuncture
Other Aspects of Acupuncture Treatment
- Chinese Herbs are often prescribed
- Diet & Lifestyle Changes are common recommendations
- Increased physical activity is usually prescribed
People of all ages who suffer from most conditions can benefit from acupuncture as a stand-alone therapy or as an adjunct to most other therapies.
Schedule an Appointment
To arrange for Acupuncture diagnosis and therapy, or to learn more about this age-old healing/wellness practice and it's many proven benefits, contact Natural Horizons Wellness Centers at 1-877-292-1571.