If you’re confused about acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, I’m here to help you with all of the information that you need to make an informed decision about whether this is the right medicine for you.
Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine, a safe, holistic and complete medical system. It is one of the oldest healing practices, backed by 3000-5000 years of practice and documented research. By the simplest of definitions, acupuncture is the physical act of inserting a needle into a specific location on the body (know as an acupoint) to induce a physiological and energetic response within the body. The ultimate goal of Acupuncture is to assist the body in restoring an overall balance of mind, body and spirit.
The actual needles are a tool we use to influence the desired change in the body. The needles that I use are very fine, filiform stainless steel needles that are sterile packaged and then discarded after a single use. They are extremely safe to use.
They are extremely small and often cannot even be felt when inserted!
By stimulating a critical junction (known as an acupoint) with a needle, it produces a physiological response that will restore balance and blood flow to the body. On a more energetic level, we would describe what’s happening as restoring the free-flow of the ‘qi’ mechanism. When the ‘qi’ of the body becomes blocked or disordered, pain and sickness are the result.
Most acupoints are needled perpendicular to the body at a specific location and depth to bring about change. Thus, it’s really important for your acupuncturist to be knowledgeable about human anatomy and physiology…
Needles are not the only way to stimulate a point, however. Traditional Chinese Medicine encompasses a variety of viable and effective healing techniques including herbal and nutritional therapy, heating therapy and Oriental massage techniques.
I like to use a variety of methods including palpation of the point for sensitivity, cupping, moxibustion, heat or cold, electrocurrent stimulation, and massage within each session. Deciding what applications are right for you depends on what is going with your body on the day of your session.
Pure Acupuncture Therapy is conveniently located in 2 Denver areas:
Greenwood Village in the heart of the Denver Tech
and in Northwest Denver’s Highland Neighborhood
Denver Tech Center Acupuncture Clinic servicing Greenwood Village, Highlands, Wheatridge, Centennial, Parker, Cherry Hills and South Metro Denver.
Call Joanne, Licensed Acupuncturist, today for a complementary consultation!