In ancient Chinese medicine, the theory of acupuncture states that the cause of all symptoms lies in the imbalance of your body’s “life energy.” Acupuncture is a healing practice with a primary goal of restoring balance, health, and vitality.
Through the careful, highly skilled placement of fine needles, Somerset County Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center can help alleviate many common ailments and relieve pain naturally, without drugs that have dangerous side effects.
Acupuncture works on two basic principles. In the human body, 14 main meridians, or Qi, (channels of energy) can be found.
Along these channels, 365 acupuncture points exist. Stimulating these points regulates the flow of Qi (energy) and Xue (blood). This will cause healing energy to drain from areas where it is in excess and travel to where it is lacking.
Acupuncture also causes the neurochemical release of endorphins and other hormones that produce a euphoric effect that is similar to a “runner’s high.” This effect is more powerful and healing than most pain medications and remedies.
Frequently Asked Questions about Acupuncture
What can I expect from acupuncture? The acupuncture session is a very serene experience. Upon arrival, you will undergo a very thorough acupuncture history and evaluation that incorporates the most up-to-date Western and Oriental methods of diagnosis.
Prior to the actual insertion of the needles, you will spend as much time as you deem necessary discussing your acupuncture concerns with Dr. Golding. This will help to prepare your mind and body for optimal results. You will then lie or sit in a comfortable position and begin to breath slowly and deeply. As you keep very still, Dr. Golding will insert the needles at various points along your body. These points of insertion depend on the treatment you are given.
Once all needles are inserted, you will remain still for a prescribed amount of time as the healing, restoring effects begin to consume your mind and body like a warm, gentle wave. When all needles have been removed, you will be free to move about and enjoy newfound rejuvenation to your body and spirit.
Is there any pain? – In Chinese, acupuncture is “bu tong,” which means painless. When the correct stimulus of the needle has been obtained, it is normal to feel a tingling around the area or a sensation along the meridian. The Chinese refer to this as “De Qi,” which means getting energy movement. Any tenderness that you may experience is usually very mild.
Is it safe? – The needles used by Somerset County Chiropractic & Acupuncture Center are 100% disposable needles that are presterilized, individually packaged, and single use only.
Is acupuncture performed only with needles? – No. We are also trained to use different adjunctive therapies. These include Moxibustion, which is burning the herb artemisia vulgaris sinensis over the affected area, cupping, Gua Sha, electronic stimulation, magnet therapy, acupressure, and the Tiuna Chinese remedial massage.
What are the most significant benefits of acupuncture? – Acupuncture treatment increases your body’s natural defenses and resistance to disease. The internal organs control body functions, digestion, respiration, circulation, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, neurological, and metabolic functions. These organs also command your eyes, ears, nose, throat, knees, back, chest, and extremities.
In addition, they are responsible for emotional states of fear, anger, anxiety, worry, and sadness. When normal function is restored to these organs, the result is total health of mind and body, both physically and emotionally.