Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine, originating in China over 5,000 years ago. It has been used to support almost every condition - including pain, fatigue, and chronic disease and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in modern research.
Central to Chinese Medicine is the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (qi) throughout the body. When there is too much, too little, or a blockage in the flow of qi, this can lead to pain, low energy, and symptoms of disease. Acupuncture brings balance and proper flow of qi, creating a state of increased health and vitality.
In an acupuncture treatment, very thin needles are placed in specific points on the body that stimulate healing. Acupuncturists use a patient's symptoms as well as physical findings (pulse, tongue, abdomen) in order to make a diagnosis and implement an ideal treatment for each person. An acupuncturist uses a variety of tools, in addition to needles, to help support the body and allow it to heal . These include moxibustion*, cupping**, a variety of metal tools used to stroke and put pressure on different acupuncture points or meridians, body work, and dietary and lifestyle counseling.
At Yarrow Natural Medicine, we use a combination of Chinese acupuncture techniques along with the more gentle Japanese techniques. Patients that are especially sensitive can receive a full acupuncture treatment that uses no needles.
*Moxibustion: ground Artemesia vulgaris (mugwort) plant is rolled and placed on acupuncture points and heated. This helps to warm the body and increase energy
**Cupping: glass or plastic cups are placed on the body to create suction which can help improve blood flow and relieve congestion
Common conditions treated include:
- Back pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Digestive complaints: Indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, gas/bloating
- Mental/Emotional Health: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction
- Post-operative recovery
- Women's health: menstrual irregularities, menopause, fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, lactation difficulties, postpartum
- Men's health: Erectile dysfunction, prostate problems, infertility