Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine utilizing tiny therapeutic needles placed in various points around the body to stimulate energy or nerve centers. This form of medicine dates back to China more than 2000 years ago. It is best known for treating pain, but can treat many other disease processes as well.
Traditional Chinese Medicine is based on energetic medicine using different pathways or meridians throughout the body. These meridians conduct an energy form called Qi, which is influenced by two opposing forces yin and yang. When these two opposing forces become out of balance they can cause pain and disease.
It is a safe, effective, and drug free option to help keep the balance and regulate the normal flow of energy or Qi so the body can achieve and maintain optimal health.
Acupuncture has different effects on the body including:
Decreasing pain signals
Promote blood flow
Releasing natural pain killers
Decreasing stress to promote tissue repair
How does acupuncture feel?
Usually it is painless, however you may feel a pinching sensation lasting a few seconds as the needles are placed in different points. Once the needles are all placed they are left for several minutes while the patient rests.
Conditions/ Symptoms acupuncture can treat:
Joint Pain/ Musculoskeletal pain
Cupping therapy is a form of ancient medicine that has recently been gaining popularity for pain management. It is used to treat pain, decrease inflammation, improve blood flow, and encourage relaxation.
Specialized cups are suctioned directly to the skin for a few minutes, creating a vacuum inside the cup. The skin, muscles, and connective tissue are then put under stress causing, initiating an increase in blood flow and stimulating the body’s natural healing responses. As you have probably seen on professional athletes, and as made famous my Michael Phelps, it is normal for the skin to change color after cupping. A dark color means that there is poor circulation and more toxins are present. A lighter color indicates that there is less impairment of circulation and the tissue is healthier.
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Benefits of B12 injections:
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Improve Fatigue and increase energy levels
Help with Fetal development during pregnancy
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