Acupuncture: What is it?

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles at very precise acupuncture points.


How Does Acupuncture Work?

The classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface through Meridians or Channels, much like rivers holding water. When Qi flows freely, it nourishes the tissues and organs to promote optimal physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental health. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up, preventing the body's energy from circulating and nourishing. Needling the acupuncture points can unblock the obstructions at the dams, and re-establish the regular flow of Qi through the Meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals may alter the experience of pain, or trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by Acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.


How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required.

Are there any side effects to the treatment?

Usually not. Occasionally the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following Acupuncture treatment.

What are the needles like? Do they hurt?

People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted; some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The insertion of an Acupuncture needle through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling, which utilize hollow needles. Only sterile, single-use, disposable needles are ever used in treatment at Crosswinds Acupuncture.

Does acupuncture really work?

Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined! Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, and in the United Kingdom. It is now being sought out more and more in the USA by patients and physicians.

Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?

No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. But of course, a positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture, or any other treatment.


Conditions We Treat

What conditions does Acupuncture treat? Traditional Chinese Medicine is a COMPLETE system of medicine, able to treat ailments throughout any and all the body systems. Here are some areas that Crosswinds Acupuncture can help with:

  • Tension/Stress, 
  • Sleep disturbances/Insomnia
  • Musculo-Skeletal disorders: frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendonitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, TMJ pain
  • Fertility assist/Reproductive disorders
  • Emotional conditions/Mood disturbance
  • Fatigue and Low energy
  • Support for Surgery (before or after), Injury and Tissue Healing
  • Digestive disorders: such as gastritis, bloating, constipation, diarrhea 
  • Respiratory disorders: such as allergies, sore throat, common cold, bronchitis, asthma
  • Menstrual issues: PCOS, fibroids, painful or irregular menses, peri/post menopause
  • Urinary Problems: frequent urination, nocturia (frequent urination at night)
  • Neurological disorders: headaches, nerve pain (such as neuritis or neuropathy)
  • General Energetic balancing (energetic 'tune-up'!)

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