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Acupuncture Center

Welcome to Acupages educational center, your source for finding acupuncture related information. Our goal is to introduce variety of Acupuncture Styles and Treatment Techniques used by acupuncturists as well as answer the most nagging Questions about Acupuncture so you could make a weighty decision choosing a local licensed acupuncturist that is right for you.

Acupuncture's goal is to provide integrated health care that can activate your natural healing systems. Acupuncture treatments can strengthen and support your body to prevent future illnesses. It's safe, all natural and effective.

Whether you need general acupuncture treatment for your overall health, or want to target a specific problem, an acupuncturist can help.

Each licensed acupuncturist has gone through extensive training to understand how Qi (life energy) flows through the body. In addition to anatomy, physiology and conventional treatment techniques, acupuncturists study traditional Chinese medicine including the use of herbs and nutrition. There are several different acupuncture schools around the national that train people in traditional Chinese medicine. Most states require acupuncturists to be licensed.

Once you find a practitioner in your area using Acupages.com, your acupuncturist will use several different diagnostic tools to develop a course of treatment. He or she will test your pulse to look for variations. There are 26 subtle changes that can point to any number of conditions. Your acupuncturist will also look at your tongue. Changes in the color, shape and size of your tongue can give clues about your internal health. The practitioner may also palpate areas acupuncture points to reveal imbalances in your system.

To treat your problems, your acupuncturist will insert tiny, disposable, sterile needles in specific places around your body. These points will release the Qi blockage in your system and stimulate your natural healing energies. In addition to needle insertion, your acupuncturist may also prescribe Chinese herbs. The herbal recommendations may also come with some nutritional counseling. The specific food recommendations will help support your healing.

An acupuncturist has several other techniques that he or she may use to release blockages of Qi and restore your body’s natural balance. Moxibustion is a technique where dried mugwort leaves are rolled into a stick and attached to the end of the needles. The leaves are burned during the session to gently warm the needles.

Cupping is the practice of placing gently warmed glass or bamboo cups on the affected areas. The heat creates vacuum pressure which increases circulation to key parts of your body. Gwa Sha is a gentle scraping of the skin to achieve the same result.

Your acupuncturist may also be trained in one of two body movement practices designed to release blockages of Qi. Tai chi is practiced to help you develop harmony and balance. Qi Gong are movement and breathing exercises that improve your vitality. Depending on your needs and his or her training, your acupuncturist may instruct you in one of these techniques.