Alternative Medicine is the FUTURE! As we look into the future of our total healthcare system, we can predict, without question, that more centers will emerge that are completely dedicated to a complementary and integrative approach to wellness and healing. Acupuncture is an alternative medicine methodology. It has been used for over 2,500 years.
Acupuncture is based on the belief that health is determined by a balanced flow of Chi – vital life energy. If Chi is blocked, pain and illness occur as a result of a disrupted flow of Chi. Acupuncture treats patients by inserting sterile, solid, thin needles into the blockages of the body to restore body, mind, and spirit balance. The needles stimulate the person’s Chi to heal their body by their own self-healing ability.
There are about 400 acupuncture points, and 20 meridians. The meridians are a network of channels that nourish and energize the human body. The meridians are typically listed in Ying/Yang pairs.
- Lung and Large Intestine
- Stomach and Spleen
- Heart and Small Intestine
- Bladder and Kidney
- Pericardium and Triple-Warmer
- Gallbladder and Liver
The Acupuncture needles extremely thin and smooth, have a unique shape and glide easily through the tissue. They are usually pre-packed, sterile and for single use only. The needles are placed precisely anywhere on your body, appropriate to your condition to be treated. There is usually no pain, only a very slight pinch. Once all the needles are in place, they remain inside the acupuncture points for about 25-35 minutes. It is recommended to have about 10-15 sessions.
Benefits of Acupuncture
- Acts as a natural painkiller, relaxes muscles and reduces stress, inflammation, swelling and muscle spasm
- Strengthens the immune system
- Improves gastrointestinal and digestive system, endocrine system and nervous system
- Improves eye disorders
- Faster recovery from injuries
- Treats emotional and psychological disorders
- Illness prevention
- Sexual dysfunction / Sexual health
The cost of acupuncture treatments varies from practitioner to practitioner, but generally ranges from $60-120 per session. The initial treatment is usually longer and more comprehensive and usually costs more. While most practitioners charge per treatment, they may offer a package price. This is common for treatments for smoking cessation and weight loss which require a commitment to multiple appointments.
I know many people who are suffering from pain, addictions and physical or emotional disorders. They had given up the idea and hope to function “normally” again. After several acupuncture treatments, many of them were pain free, stopped smoking or drinking, lost weight, regained happiness in their life. The bottom line is, acupuncture works and Alternative medicine is the future.