The ancient Chinese believed that there is energy flowing through pathways throughout our bodies affecting each level of our being. This smooth flow of energy maintains proper health. When the energy is not flowing properly, or becomes “blocked,” it can create pain and other health issues. The blockages are broken by the manipulation of hair-fine needles stimulating the body in order to restore the energy flow and balance within the body. Acupuncture is presently considered an alternative or complementary form of medical treatment. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) support the effectiveness of Acupuncture. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also recognized acupuncture needles as a medical device. This has led to the acceptance of acupuncture, by major health insurance companies as a reimbursable procedure. What Can Acupuncture Treat? * For thousands of years Chinese Medicine has been evaluating, diagnosing and effectively treating a wide variety of health conditions. Here is a list of common conditions that are treated using acupuncture. PAIN – Muscle pain and cramping, headaches and migraines, back, shoulder and joint pain, arthritis, sports injuries, strains and sprains, sciatica. DIGESTIVE ISSUES – Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, food allergies, irritable bowel, colitis, acid reflux, nausea, indigestion, morning sickness, peptic ulcer, gallstones CARDIOVASCULAR – High blood pressure, high cholesterol, poor circulation, palpitations, angina, atrial fibrillation, anemia, edema MEN’S HEALTH – Sexual dysfunction, BPH, infertility, prostatitis, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, urinary dribbling, frequent urination Although not everyone will see the exact same benefits of acupuncture, it is important to understand that it is an alternate form of treatment worth exploring. If you’re not sure if acupuncture can help you, please contact us with your questions and/or concerns.