What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a several-thousand year old practice of inserting hair-thin needles a little bit past the skin in order to stimulate the body's self-healing abilities. It doesn't necessarily mean that the needle will be placed where the pain is either, as a skilled acupuncturist will place needles in seemingly unrelated areas. The common mythical perception that you are going to end up looking like a porcupine is incorrect. We use the minimum amount of needles and the thinnest needles available.

Consider the fact that you have several hundred thousand miles of nerve tissue spread all throughout your body, all criss-crossing, like a very intricate spiderweb. Your body is therefore a vast communication system sending 1000's of signals every second to regulate the many processes (heart beating the right amount, food digesting and moving the right way down the digestive tract, normalizing body temperature, etc.) that keep you alive and in balance. Think of acupuncture as inserting little 'antennas' into these communication centers to regulate or bring into the proper balance the various bodily processes.

What is Acupuncture Good For?

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease”
-William Osler

We do not treat any symptoms, any disease, nor symptoms of any disease.

What we do is remove the barriers that are keeping you from effective healing, and you will recover on your own, in your own unique way. We offer solutions to problems by strengthening the individual, by addressing the cause of why the body is malfunctioning, not by “attacking the enemy”- in this case, disease. That said, the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness for over 100 common disorders, covering every system of the body:

Muscle /Joint/ Bone disorders; Neurological Disorders; Gynecological disorders; Endocrine/Hormonal disorders; Gastrointestinal disorders; Immune, Allergy and Autoimmune disorders; Circulatory disorders; Skin disorders; Chemotherapy and Radiation Support

A more detailed list and accompanying scientific research performed by the WHO can be found here. We at Elemental Acupuncture have had great success in correcting many conditions in every category listed above. Feel free to call us to find out how we may be able to help your particular situation!

The clinicians at Elemental Acupuncture have been trained, through intimate study with world-renowned Master practitioners, in several styles of acupuncture, including Japanese acupuncture in the style of Kiiko Matsumoto (KM style), Korean Sujok hand acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine/Classical Chinese Acupuncture (TCM/CCA), and Acupuncture Physical Medicine as founded by Dr. Mark Seem (APM style). We generally employ different techniques from each of these unique styles during a treatment, drawing from a large and varied body of knowledge in order to provide you with the best and most dynamic possible treatment.

It's easier to list what we can't help rather than what we can, and that would be things that require emergency attention, such as a broken bone, or extremely acute conditions arising from letting things go wrong for too long. The sooner the better is the name of the game.

Acupuncture does not interfere with any modern medicine treatments you may be receiving at the same time, and in many cases can even speed up the recovery rate!

Most importantly, you do not need to be sick or injured to benefit from acupuncture, as it can be used to strengthen the body's ability to adapt to the seasons and stressful environments, as well as to improve athletic performance. What we we have to offer works great as a preventative medicine, where optimum nutrition and function of the body can be achieved before you actually get sick. In fact, if corrective measures are taken before the event of a full-blown disease, it most likely will be less severe, and oftentimes can be avoided altogether.

Does it Work?

Like you wouldn't believe! But you don't have to even believe in it or understand a single thing about acupuncture to receive its benefits. This goes way beyond the placebo theory by the fact that children and animals have been scientifically proven to benefit greatly from this form of medicine and they don't have any intellectual knowledge of the therapy that they are experiencing! It's OK to be skeptical as long as you remain open-minded and give things a chance to work. Then, when you start feeling undeniably better, you will have all the proof you need.

Does it Hurt?

Not really, as the practitioners at Elemental Acupuncture use very gentle techniques. You may feel a mild sensation when the needle is going in, but you may also not feel anything at all, or begin to feel relief from your pain. One of the biggest fears expressed by folks who have yet to experience acupuncture is that it will feel similar to an ordinary injection, and that is simply not the case - acupuncture needles are tiny and quite non-invasive! Most people report feeling very relaxed after the needles are in, and many even fall asleep on the table.

We also offer a variety of effective Needle-Free techniques if you are very uncomfortable with needles.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Of Course! The clinicians at Elemental Acupuncture are certified by a national regulatory board in Clean Needle Technique. We only use sterilized, single-use stainless steel needles which are properly disposed of in a medical SHARPS container afterward.


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