Utilized for centuries, this treatment has now been embraced by millions of Americans as their treatment of choice for a variety of conditions, as well as overall health maintenance. Dr. Maria Rapp is a licensed acupuncturist and has treated many patients for a host of ailments. Laura Stegman, LaC has a Master's of Science in Acupuncture from the Colorado School Of Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in women's health. Acupuncture is great by itself or used in conjunction with chiropractic, nutrition, cold laser, detoxification, and the adoption of a healther lifestyle.
In addition to pain relief, acupuncture can assist with smoking cessation, weight loss and other cravings.
Acupuncture originated in China almost 5,000 years ago and is one of the oldest forms of natural healing. Acupuncture is a whole body approach that works with the body's connective tissue. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the skin it disrupts the branching points of the nerves. After these branching points are disrupted it sends a message to the muscles and organs to relax, allowing the blood to flow freely.
How does Acupuncture work?
The Chinese based their medicine on an energetic approach rather than the biochemical approach of western medicine. Everything is made of radiating energy that shaped and supports our physical body. This vital energy in acupuncture is called qi (pronounced "chee"). Qi is made up of the air we breathe and the food we eat. The qi flows through specific pathways called meridians or channels. The meridians work like rivers and supply nourishment and energy to our organs. When the meridian can't flow freely and can't supply our organs with qi it creates disharmony or disease in our body. These meridians communicate with the acupuncture points in the body. Once the needle is inserted into these points it influences the qi so it can flow freely to the organs allowing the body to heal and harmonize.
Acupuncture can improve symptoms associated with:
- Acute Pain
- Chronic Pain
- Circulatory Disorders
- Common Cold
- Digestive Disorders
- Menstrual Disorders
- Respiratory Disorders
- Weight Loss