Acupuncture is a complementary medicine originating in ancient China, that involves strategically pricking the skin or tissue with needles, used to alleviate pain, stress, and treat various physical, mental, and emotional conditions.

The ancient Chinese art of acupuncture is over 1000 years old and involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at specific points on your body. These points release stuck energy (or “Qi”), thereby blood and lymph flow in the tissue and optimizing the body’s natural ability to heal.

While acupuncture is well known for treating physical pain, it has also shown itself to be quite useful for treating stress, including PTSD and other trauma-based medical conditions. This is not surprising as the latest neurological findings reveal that the same parts of your brain that respond to physical pain are also triggered by emotional pain.

Acupuncture can also be used to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Chemotherapy-induced vomiting and nausea
  • Low back pain
  • Pain while in labor
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tooth and gum pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Allergic rhinitis and respiratory disorders

Our Acupuncturist, David Bruce Leonard uses only pre-sterilized disposable needles in his practice. Risks from an acupuncture treatment are low. Some side effects may be minor bleeding, bruising, or soreness. In spite of what one would think, acupuncture actually can be very relaxing. Many of his patients fall asleep while on the table receiving a treatment.

After an acupuncture treatment, some people feel more relaxed, while others feel more energized. How you respond will depend on many factors including your constitution and current state of health.

While acupuncture is an important part of Chinese medicine, it is only one of the five clinical branches. The other branches include botanical (herbal) medicine, deep tissue bodywork, nutrition, and martial arts exercises. All of these other modalities may be a part of your acupuncture treatment at The Mindful Living Group.

Because acupuncture has so few side effects, it may be worth a try if you’re having trouble achieving results with other medical modalities.

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