Many people are familiar with acupuncture (“that’s where they stick needles in you, right?), but there’s really a whole lot more to the process. Acupuncture is a method of treating the body in order to balance the energy (Qi) we have within us. Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine in the world, and is probably also the most commonly used. Acupuncture needles have been found in Chinese tombs that date back to 1500 BC. The type of materials used for needles (stone, bamboo, metal) have changed through the years as have many of the theories behind acupuncture. However, acupuncture has been used and continues to be used for a wide variety of conditions ranging from coughs and colds to:
- Trauma (mental, physical and emotional)
- Digestive problems
- Women’s and men’s health conditions.
- Pain reduction
- Decreased stress and anxiety
- …and better overall health
In it’s most basic form, acupuncture is about identifying and moving the energy we all have within us (called Qi or Chi). Qi moves in pathways called meridians or channels that have been given the names of organs (with several exceptions). The function of the channels may correspond closely to what a particular organ does but in more of an energetic sense rather than a physical sense.
Acupuncturists work to identify and balance the energy channels in the body. How is this done? In the first step, the prospective patient fills out a detailed health history. Once we have the patient information, then the diagnosis(es) can be made. Identifying the correct pattern(s) is important in determining the correct treatments for each patient’s complaint. More than one pattern may be present and require treatment. After determining the pattern(s), the appropriate acupuncture points are chosen. There are over 450 acupuncture points located on the body with points located on the body, arms, legs, hands and feet, face, scalp or ears.
Contact Dr. Carol Weeks, DC, MS, LAC online or call (518) 222-9307 to schedule your accupuncture appointment today.