Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that one's health is dependent on the body's motivating energy known as Qi (Chi), which should be constantly and smoothly moving through a series of channels beneath the skin called meridians. Acupuncture is one of the therapeutic methods used by TCM to influence this flow. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s own healing response power and helps restore its natural balance. The principal aim of acupuncture is to reinstate the equilibrium among the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Conditions Commonly Treated by Acupuncture
- Arthritis and Rheumatism and Fibromyalgia
- Back Pain, Headache, Knee Pain, Neck Ache,
Swelling Feet, Poor Circulation
- Lumbago, Sports Injury
- General Fatigue
- Immune Deficiency
- Stress, Depression, Anxiety Disorder
- Digestion Disorders
- Women's Problem
- Weight Gain
- Facial Beauty
The reason that these conditions can be treated with acupuncture lies in the basic cognition of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
all physical activities depend on Qi circulation throughout the meridians, which are viewed as 'traveling sources of life
energy'. A disease is a kind of state in which Qi circulation has been disturbed by certain factors, and this disturbance is
manifested in certain areas. An acupuncturist is able to influence the status of Qi circulation and help the body to restore
health by using fine, slender needles to stimulate various points along those meridians. Additional forms of stimulation include
herbs, electricity, magnets, and lasers, any of which may be used to serve the same purpose: to adjust "vital energy" so that the proper
volume reaches the proper place at the proper time, thus helping the body to heal itself.
Procedure & Sensations of Acupuncture
Your first visit may last 40 minutes to an hour or so in order to allow for a complete check-up of medical history. This gives the
acupuncturist the chance to inspect the complexion, body build, color and shape of the tongue, quality of the pulses, and feeling of
diagnostic areas like the abdomen and back. You can expect this level of thoroughness at all our clinics. Devices that measure electrical
activity of acupoints may be used for testing. Other therapies such as moxabustion, acupressure massage, and exercises are often
incorporated with the acupuncture treatment. Follow-up visits are shorter, and may last 15 minutes or more, depending on the needs of the
Sensations from acupuncture are described as virtually painless, or far less painful than plucking a hair out,
varying from nothing at all, to mild tingling, slight numbness, and electrical pulsations in areas distant from the site of
insertion. All sensations subside once the needles are removed from the body by your acupuncturist in Chicago and elsewhere.
Usually people leave in less discomfort and with more functionality than when they walked in. Sometimes the effects are too subtle to perceive, especially for beginning treatments. However improvements gradually become more and more distinct after five to ten treatments. A sense of relaxation and well-being often occurs during and after treatments.
Side Benefit Rather than Side Effect
Many people worry about possible harmful effects from acupuncture. As a matter of fact, acupuncture is safe
and effective, free from adverse or addictive side effects, if performed by a properly trained and licensed practitioner.
Our acupuncturists have received all the best acupuncture training available at our exclusive schools and seminars.
An acupuncture needle is solid, and much smaller than a standard hypodermic needle, which is hollow. Bleeding rarely occurs, unless in some specific situations where the acupuncturist may cause it on purpose. But the amount of bleeding is always little, and far from dangerous.
While undergoing acupuncture therapies for an ailment, other problems may be resolved concurrently. This is a very common side benefit of acupuncture, and shows the value of holistically balancing the quality and quantity of "vital energy."
Acupuncture evolved over 2,000 years ago and is based on unique principles and the philosophy of Oriental Medicine. It is one of the many synergistic approaches to balance of mind and body that include Herbology (Chinese herb-based remedies), Tuina massage, and special exercises such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong. Although rooted in China, today this art and science of Acupuncture has been widely applied in Asia, Europe, and America. It continues to gain worldwide popularity and acceptance simply because of one fact:it works!