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Acupuncture is the placement of sterile silver, gold or stainless steel needles at specific points located on the meridians of the body. Oriental Medicine focuses on the patient’s root imbalance. You will receive a ‘root treatment’ for your primary imbalance as well as ‘branch treatment’ for other areas of concern. Newborns, children and sensitive adults are treated with non-insertion gentle, round silver enshin and gold teishin.
Acupuncture treatments are focused on balancing the patient’s qi (life force energy) and blood through tonification (strengthening) techniques. Our limited western understanding of Acupuncture is that when a needle is inserted in to the body it stimulates local sensory nerves which send a message to the Central Nervous System telling it to release the body’s natural chemicals such as adrenocorticotropin, our body’s natural anti-inflammatory, as well as endorphins, our body’s natural pain killers.
The average patient should see improvement with each treatment and there is a cumulative effect. Typically you will come in once a week for four weeks and should expect a reduction in frequency and intensity of your symptoms. Patients with acute extreme symptoms may be seen 2-3 times a week.
There are 16,000 licensed Acupuncturists in the US and 3,000 physicians performing Acupuncture. The Nationally renowned Cleveland Clinic has Acupuncturists on staff. Right here in Colorado, Longmont United Hospital was one of the first hospitals to integrate Acupuncture in to its services. They currently have six Acupuncturists on staff. Boulder Community Hospital’s Tebo cancer center has three Acupuncturists on staff to treat nausea as a side effect of chemotherapy.