WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing method, originating in China. It involves the insertion of fine needles into the body in order to influence physical, mental and emotional function. Single-use, sterile needles are used in every treatment, and inserted into specific points that have been tested over thousands of years. These points are in specific locations that are safe. In most cases, the needles are so thin that the patient does not even feel them being inserted.
There are energetic pathways called meridians that run through the body. Points along these meridians are stimulated through Acupuncture to promote healing and increase circulation. In Chinese Medicine, the body is treated as a whole. The mind and emotions aren’t separated from the organs, so often people feel balanced and have a greater sense of emotional health along with pain relief as a result of treatment.
From a western medical point of view, the insertion of needles is introducing a foreign object into your body. Our bodies react to this in a very specific way, increasing blood flow and releasing endorphins, serotonin, epinephrine, and other hormones to combat the foreign object and any possible infection that might follow. This works to our benefit by bringing all the things our bodies need to heal itself to areas of the body that need it most. In this way, acupuncture can be an impressive tool for increasing recovery times and recovering from chronic injury or illness. Multiple studies have shown Acupuncture to be more effective than many prescription pain killers.
Please allot 60-90min for your Initial appointment and 45-60min for Follow-ups. (The length of the appointment is dependent upon the specific health needs of the client and determined by the practitioner.) Please wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing for your treatment.
MEI ZEN COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE
Mei Zen means “beautiful person” in the Chinese language. For thousands of years, Chinese nobility used ancient healing methods to help them stay healthy and look beautiful. The Mei Zen System is a safe, natural way to slow down the aging process and rejuvenate your look. Not only will you look great, you will feel great too as the system focuses on improving your overall health as well. It involves placing fine, hair-width needles in specific points on the face to increase blood circulation and collagen production. There are two protocols targeting the face and the abdomen.
ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE HERBOLOGY
Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the great herbal systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd century BC. Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine, is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person’s Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance.
Community Acupuncture is conventionally performed with small groups of people (2 to 5) being treated simultaneously in the same room. At WHA, we do it slightly differently. To us, we use the term “Community” here to mean how we offer Acupuncture services to the Woodstock community at a discounted rate. As much as possible, Community Acupuncture participants receive treatment in a private room working one-on-one with a practitioner. When all of our rooms are filled, we may have patients in our main reception area in a more semi-private treatment setting, with other activities occurring in the room while a treatment is being received. For the most part, treatments are received in private rooms. Sessions are 30 minutes in duration, as opposed to the hour allotted for full treatments.
Community acupuncture is an easy introduction to Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a good way to meet a practitioner for the first time. It is provided during consistent hours, making it easily accessible to patients. By offering the services at affordable sliding scale rates, patients are able to have frequent treatments, providing you with a more complete treatment plan. Community acupuncture helps in lowering the barriers often associated with Acupuncture.
Community Acupuncture is available on Wednesdays from 12pm – 3pm and Saturdays from 2pm – 5pm.
Free Acupuncture for Individuals under the age of 25 is also offered during Community Acupuncture hours.