Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are primary health care modalities that have stood the test of time. They have been practiced successfully in China for the last 3,000 years and have flourished in Europe and the U.S. since the mid-1900’s.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapy that uses hair-thin, flexible needles, gently inserted into specific points on the body to activate the body’s own healing powers. These points are grouped along defined pathways that travel throughout your body. When your internal energy flows smoothly and freely through these pathways, your health is maintained. When that flow is excessive, deficient or blocked, your health is disrupted and you become ill or feel pain. By stimulating those points, the energy becomes regulated again and your health is restored.
Several thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms dis-harmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these dis-harmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called yin and yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body’s vital energy (qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body’s energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of qi. By inserting and manipulating hair-thin needles at specific points, I am able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body’s ability to heal itself.
Acupuncture returns the body to its natural state of balance and harmony.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in Clean Needle Technique. I have passed comprehensive national board examinations administered by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and am licensed by the state of California. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.
Oriental medical practitioners in California undergo a rigorous four-year program in Western and Chinese Medicine and are required to pass a California State Board exam. Because of the depth and scope of their knowledge, they are licensed as primary care providers. Therefore, they can successfully treat a variety of disorders, including chronic and debilitating illnesses as well as acute injuries.