Acupuncture in Surprise, AZ
Many patients first ask, what exactly is acupuncture? Many patients first ask, what exactly is acupuncture? Simply put, acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles through the skin. This practice is several thousand years old and is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Acupuncture is based upon the Eastern philosophy of “chi”, pronounced “ch-ee”, which is the Chinese term for the life force or energy that animates living things. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, chi flows through pathways in the body known as meridians. Illness results from the flow of chi through the meridians being blocked, or by the two types of chi (yin and yang) being out of balance.
Acupuncture is the practice of placing thin needles at acupuncture points, which are said to coincide with points at which meridians cross, to improve the flow and restore the balance of chi.
Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions. Recent studies have confirmed that acupuncture can be used treat the following conditions:
Low Back Pain
Periarthritis of the Shoulder
Facial Pain ( including craniomandibular disorders)
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
Induction of Labor [Weights]
Correction of Malposition of Fetus (breech presentation)
Nausea and Vomiting
Adverse Reactions to Radiation or Chemotherapy Allergic Rhinitis, including hay fever
Biliary Colic Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Acute Bacillary Dysentery
Acute and Chronic Gastritis
How Does Acupuncture Feel?
First time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections. On the contrary, acupuncture uses hair thin and very flexible needles that are hardly felt when a trained practitioner inserts them. After I insert the very fine needles into the selected acupuncture points I will gently stimulate the needles that may produce a unique sensation the Oriental Medicine calls De Qi. Patients most often describe the De Qi as a heavy, achy pressure, or a very different feeling that spreads and travels throughout the body. You may also feel an electrical sensation moving down the meridian pathways. Though this is less common. Most patients find these acupuncture sensations deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.