Although modern medicine has certainly provided us with many advancements, its approach is more interventional, which means it isn’t tapping the most powerful weapon we have available — the healing resources that are found within our own bodies. Through acupuncture, we unlock and access these resources, allowing your body to heal from within for sustainable results.
At Family Wellness Acupuncture, our team of certified acupuncturists understands the incredible power that the human body has to repair and heal itself. From mental health issues like anxiety to physical health problems like arthritis, explore how our acupuncture services can help you improve your overall health and wellness.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healing technique that’s been used for more than 3,000 years, though many researchers point out that the practice may predate written history. The Chinese are credited with honing the art of acupuncture, and it eventually made its way into European medicine in the 1800s.
This ancient healing system is based on balancing your qi, or life force energy, which travels along meridians in your body. Through acupuncture, we access these pathways via acupuncture points to restore the flow of energy for better health.
There are approximately 350 acupuncture points in your body, and each influences a targeted area of your health and wellness. To help with your unique health issues, we identify the points that will influence and push your health in the right direction.
Stimulating your acupuncture points
When you think of acupuncture, the image of very small needles may spring to your mind and for good reason. One of the most common acupuncture techniques is our use of needles to stimulate and unblock your healing pathways.
That said, we also turn to several other techniques to garner the same results, including:
- Moxibustion (heat)
- Cupping (suction)
- Electrical stimulation
When you visit us, we can discuss which technique is best for your health issues.
What acupuncture can address
As we mentioned, acupuncture can play a role in both your physical and mental health, and we use it to remedy a wide range of issues, including:
- Chronic pain
- Gastrointestinal issues
- Sleep issues like insomnia
- Aging skin
- Neck pain
- Excess weight
This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of the breadth and scope of the issues in which acupuncture can play a role. In fact, some of our patients use regular acupuncture treatments to relieve stress or ease a journey like pregnancy.
So, to answer the question we posed at the beginning as to whether you're a candidate for acupuncture, our feeling is that there’s little that this effective healing system can’t help. And since the technique is minimally invasive, there are few (if any) circumstances under which acupuncture may pose a problem.
If you’d like to explore how acupuncture can help you unlock better health, please contact our office in Irvine, California, to set up a consultation.