Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine through which very fine needles are placed along the meridians of the body to stimulate the body’s natural healing. Over 3,000 years ago the Chinese realized that when energy (qi) and blood were no longer flowing properly through the channels of body disease would follow.
The modern scientific explanation for the way acupuncture works is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. Regulation of the nervous system aids the activity of pain-killing bio-chemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones.
How many treatments will you need? The answer is different for everybody. For an acute injury or internal condition daily treatments will bring about the quickest results. A chronic pain or disease is further embedded in the body and thus, depending on the level of discomfort will require treatments 1 to 2 times a week for 6 to 8 treatments. Further treatments may be needed for maintenance and pain management. More severe internal conditions will require added frequent treatments
Are the needles reused? Here at The Gathering Point Community Acupuncture we use sterile, disposable, stainless steel needles for your safety, with the utmost of care. Our patient’s health and safety is our priority.
What does acupuncture treat? According to the World Health Organization the following is just a partial list of diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-to be an effective treatment:
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
- Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
- Dysentery, acute bacillary
- Dysmenorrhea, primary
- Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastro spasm)
- Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- Hypertension, essential
- Hypotension, primary Induction of labor
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Malposition of fetus, correction of
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Periarthritis of shoulder
- Postoperative pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Tennis elbow
Chinese Herbal Formulas
We are licensed in Chinese Herbal medicine. but do not Chinese herbs and carry only few patent herbal formulas at the clinic. We will send you to the local Chinese Herb store, Yong Sheng, with a prescription if you require Chinese herbs.
Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
Your ears, like your hands and feet, have the most nerve endings in your body. By placing tiny needles in specific points in the ear which correspond to specific parts of the body an electrical impulse travels via the brain to that part of the body being treated to stimulate healing. Although auricular acupuncture is most known for treating addictions and PTSD it can assist in treating any health concern you may have.
Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga with acupuncture
We now offer both yoga nidra + acupuncture and restorative yoga + acupuncture on Wednesday afternoons. Please see our schedule for dates and times as the classes are held once or twice a month. Yoga nidra is a meditative practice. Michele will insert needles for relaxation and guide you on a meditative journey through the body. Yoga nidra calms and relaxes the mind and body. Some say that just 30 minutes of acupuncture is equal to 4 hours of sleep. Restorative yoga is led by Dari Johnson and needles are inserted while you are lying in savasana in the end. This class is for all skill levels. Dari will ask you about any physical limitations before she begins and will help you make adjustments throughout the practice when needed.