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Acupuncture is the oldest continually-practiced form of health care in the world, with records dating back almost 2500 years. Globally, it is perhaps the most respected health care system and has even been promoted by the World Health Organization to treat many illnesses and disorders.

The premise is that Qi (pronounced "chi"), our vital energy, circulates along various pathways, or "meridians," in the body. When this circulation stagnates, becomes blocked, or gets out of balance, it can result in pain or an inability to function properly, emotionally or physically — in other words, illness. Blockage of Qi happens when different kinds of stress affect the body, restricting your body's natural energy flow, and inhibiting the nourishment that our organs and tissue need to be balanced and well.

By gently inserting fine needles at specific points along these pathways, Qi is stimulated, allowing movement and natural healing to take place. When Qi is flowing freely it can nourish and support the body, creating balance, so our physical and emotional health and well-being can flourish. Rather than just taking a symptomatic approach to illness, Traditional Chinese Medicine treats underlying imbalances by stimulating the body's own natural healing ability.

The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs and other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference on Acupuncture, 1997
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  • Chronic and acute pain
    (neck pain, low back pain, arthritis, repititive stress injuries (RSI), TMJ, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia)
  • Stress-related problems
  • Depression, anxiety, addiction
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Common cold
  • Allergies/Hay fever and asthma
  • Acid reflux and heartburn (GERD)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other gastro-intestinal issues
  • PMS and menstrual pain
  • Infertility (male and female)
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