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 Acupuncture is an Ancient Chinese holistic therapy based on the theory that the body depends on life energy or vital energy, known as Qi (pronounced “chee”) being in balance. Acupuncturists correct imbalances in the body by inserting fine, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points. This activates the body’s Qi or energy thus promoting natural healing by enhancing recuperative power, immunity, physical and emotional health.  Acupuncture is natural, safe, painless, and an effective way to treat over 50 western medical conditions with no side effects.

What is Qi (pronounced “chee”)?

Ancient medicine philosophy believes that Qi, or vital energy, flows throughout the body. Qi helps to animate the body and protect it from illness, pain and disease. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi.

 What can affect your Qi (energy)?

Many things influence the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. Physical and emotional trauma, stress, lack of exercise, overexertion, seasonal changes, diet, accidents or excessive activity can lead to a blockage or imbalance of Qi. Normally, when this imbalance occurs, the body naturally bounces back, returning to a balanced state of health and well-being. When the disruption to Qi is prolonged or is excessive, or if the body is in a weakened state, then illness, pain or disease can set in.

 What should I expect at my Acupuncture visits?

During the initial exam your full health history will be taken. Questions will be asked regarding symptoms, health and lifestyle. Your acupuncturist will also check your pulse and tongue and may conduct a physical exam. This information is then organized to create a complete, accurate and comprehensive diagnosis of where Qi is blocked and imbalanced. After your Health History review, you will receive a treatment tailored just for you. Visits will vary from 45 minutes to 1 hour at The Qi Spot.

 Why the tongue and pulse check?

There are 12 pulse positions on each wrist that correspond to specific meridians (the path that Qi flows in the body) and organs. If there is any blockage or imbalance, it will appear in the pulse reading. The tongue is a map of the body. The color, shape, cracks, and coating on the tongue reflect the general health of the organs and meridians too.

 How many Treatments will I need?

Treatment frequency and number of treatments needed depend on a variety of factors: your constitution, the severity and duration of the problem and the quality and quantity of your Qi. Some people experience immediate relief, others may take months or even years to achieve results. Chronic conditions usually take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month to see significant changes. An Acupuncturist may suggest one to three treatments per week to start, or monthly visits for health maintenance and seasonal “tune-ups”.

 How safe is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is extremely safe and natural. It is an all-natural, drug-free therapy, yielding no negative side effects, just feelings of relaxation and well-being. There is little danger of infection from acupuncture needles because they are sterile, used once and then discarded.

 How are acupuncturists educated?

Today, acupuncturists undertake three to four years of extensive and comprehensive graduate training at nationally certified schools. All acupuncturists must pass a national exam and meet strict guidelines to practice in every state. Some add 2 to 3 more years to receive a Doctorate.

Why does my Acupuncturist recommend herbs?

Herbs can be a powerful adjunct to acupuncture care. They are used to strengthen, build and support the body or to clear it of excess problems like a cold, fever or acute pain.

 * Information from Acupuncture Mediaworks



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