Acupuncture has been healing individuals for over 5,000 years! Early Chinese physicians discovered that people have an energy network traversing their bodies, just below the surface of their skin. This network communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and is made up of over 1000 “Acupoints” on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body’s circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary and all other systems. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. By stimulating one or more key Acupoints on the body, acupuncturists can restore harmony to the affected area.
Historians have stated that “more people have benefited from acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern.”
How many times have you heard a doctor tell you:
“There is nothing wrong.”
“It is all in your head.”
“Sorry, you’ll have to learn to live with it.”
The doctor who examines you is simply unable to find the cause of the problem and has little else to tell you. Fortunately, these same doctors are now referring their patients for an acupuncture evaluation as a last resort.
Our Acupuncture Examination
In traditional acupuncture, the most important part of the acupuncture exam was the pulse diagnosis. This technique involved the trained practitioner feeling the pulse and thereby determining the balance of the body’s 12 meridians. Now a more modern electronic evaluation technique, called “ryodoraku” or “electro meridian imaging” (EMI), involves placing a painless electronic pen on the skin over specific Acupoints to measure their electro-potential. This examination is extremely reliable and is quickly becoming the international standard method of diagnosis.
Dr. Clinton at BackBone Wellness Center does an EMI exam on all acupuncture patients and gives them a printout of their 12 meridians. This way each patient can see where any imbalances exist. Patients are also shown descriptions of how these imbalances can affect their health.
Conditions Treated Using Acupuncture
Acupuncture textbooks list well over 100 different conditions that respond well to Acupuncture treatment. The World Health Organization, working in close harmony with the International Acupuncture training center of the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has indicated that Acupuncture is effective in treating the following conditions:
- Acute and chronic pain relief
- Migraine, tension cluster, and sinus headaches
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Bladder dysfunction and bed wetting
- Cervical (neck) pain
- Mid-back pain
- Shoulder injuries
- Tennis elbow
- Post-operative pain relief
- Gastric problems
- Skin conditions
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Neurologic syndrome
- Various eye problems
- Spinal disc problems
- And much more…