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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture involves inserting thin, sterile needles into the body to treat disease and promote wellness. Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system of medicine used for thousands of years. This ancient medicine treats a variety of conditions and is practiced all over the world. Acupuncture restores the body’s natural balance since TCM views disease only occurs when the body is out of balance. Stress, illness, and not eating and sleeping all impact the body, unbalancing the body’s energy called Qi (pronounced “Chee”). Qi is a vital substance which supports all functions of the body. The beating of your heart, food digestion, and physical energy are all supported by Qi. Acupuncture and TCM focuses on restoring health by targeting these imbalances.
To learn more about acupuncture and how it works visit the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) website at http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture
What does Acupuncture treat?
In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report recognizing acupuncture as effective, through clinical studies and/or clinical experience, at treating over 90 different diseases, conditions and symptoms (http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en). This list includes many types of pain; back pain, neck pain, pain from arthritis, knee pain, and headaches. Also on this list were women’s health issues such as painful periods, infertility, and morning sickness. Conditions such as fibromyalgia, depression, sports injuries, and addiction were included on this extensive list. Patients with various health problems found relief from their health issues through Acupuncture and are pleased with the results.
Why should I see an Acupuncturist and when should I go?
Although Acupuncture is effective at treating many different conditions and symptoms, you don’t have to be sick to get a benefit from acupuncture. Our modern day world is full of stressors like the economy, our jobs, getting the kids to soccer practice on time; all of these stressors greatly impact our health. Promoting stress relief and an overall sense of well-being can be achieved through acupuncture. Receiving acupuncture treatments while you are experiencing pain or symptoms will help alleviate what your body is going through. Treatments are also recommended when you are not experiencing symptoms or pain. Getting treatments during this time keeps your body strong and prevents, or lessens, future bouts with these symptoms.
Will acupuncture make me feel better immediately or will it take time to feel relief?
Improvement in symptoms and pain relief are often seen within a few sessions and the desired affect of the acupuncture will build over time. There is no set time frame for how long it will take to fix a problem: each individual is different and each disease will respond differently to treatment. A chronic condition, as the name implies, has chronicity and has affected the body for a long period of time. We know it’s hard to break a habit we’ve had for a long time and the same is true of the body which has been unwell for a long time. Getting acupuncture treatments, working at your health, and maintaining a positive attitude leads to success in treating your condition.
Kylie A. Roach, M.Sc, MSTOM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac: After several years in scientific research, Kylie trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago, IL where she graduated with her MSTOM degree. She undertook several years of extensive scholarly studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine before beginning her career as a Chinese medicine practitioner and Acupuncturist. Her professional interests include treating chronic diseases & pain and promoting health & wellness for people living with these conditions. She specializes in connective tissue diseases and has worked with the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome National Foundation. She enjoys staying active in the medical care community and one way she does this is by teaching future health care professionals at a local college. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and all things vintage. Kylie is enthusiastic about being a part of the Serenity Health & Wellness team.