How It Works
The art and science of acupuncture has evolved over many years. It is founded on accessing meridians, or pathways, that run throughout the body, and link the various organs both to one another and to different parts of the body. Acupuncture points on the body are places where the meridians can most easily be accessed. Each point has a specific function, and works in combination with other points to create harmony and balance. The points are used in various ways to create a desired effect: building up deficiencies, eliminating pathogens, warming or cooling the body, and so forth.  

What It Treats
Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat all manner of diseases.  Both the National Institute of Health and The World Health Organization have recognized that acupuncture effectively treats a wide variety of health conditions, amongst those listed below.  In addition to treating a specific disease, patients of acupuncture experience increased energy, an enhanced immune system, and a release of endorphins (the body's natural pain-killers) into the bloodstream.

Stress-related disorders: depression, anxiety, insomnia, palpitations, hypertension, headache, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)

Women's health issues: dysmenorrhea (painful periods), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, infertility, PMS, perimenopause

Pain: dental pain and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), facial pain, headache, migraine, neck pain, back pain, postoperative pain, periarthritis of the shoulder, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, tennis elbow

Gastrointestinal disorders: nausea, vomiting, heartburn, gastritis, peptic ulcer, constipation, diarrhea, morning sickness, colitis, side effects of radiation and/or chemotherapy

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