The practice of Acupuncture is used in many ways at Quest. It addresses issues of chronic pain and addictions symptoms while complimenting mindfulness practices in mental health.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture consists of stimulating a designated point on the skin by the insertion of needles, application of heat (moxibustion), massage, or a combination of these. Acupuncture is a practice of Chinese Medicine.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
Acupuncture works by utilizing the network of energy that flows through the body and connects various points through pathways called “meridians.” Each meridian is related to specific internal function identified with anatomic structures - for example there are meridians for the heart, liver, kidney and lung. The meridians all form a network that circulates an energy called Qi.
Qi moves like an electrical current. As long as the energy (Qi) has the appropriate strength and balance, and the flow is not blocked, healthy functioning of the body continues. When the energy becomes blocked however, due to factors such as stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, external trauma, or a combination of the above, then the energy becomes obstructed. The function of the corresponding organs is interrupted and symptoms begin to appear.
WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
Acupuncture is best known for treating painful conditions such as migraine headaches, arthritis, and back pain. However, it is effective, either alone or in combination with Chinese herbal medicine or Western medicine, for many conditions, such as respiratory problems (sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma) and allergies; gynecological problems such as painful menstruation and PMS; digestive disorders including constipation, diarrhea, and gastritis; and high blood pressure, diabetes, emphysema, and hepatitis. Acupuncture can enhance the immune status and has been used to help people with HIV/AIDS fight the diseases they get as a result of their immune deficiency.
DOES IT HURT?
Acupuncture is done using extremely thin, flexible needles made of surgical stainless steel. There is nothing special in the needle. There is sometimes brief pain as the needle passes through the skin. As the needle begins to work and the energy effect occurs, you may feel dull heat or dull aching where the needle has been inserted. After the needle has been in a short time, you should not be aware of any discomfort.
IS IT SAFE?
Yes. Acupuncture has been used for 3,000 years in China. There are generally no adverse side effects from acupuncture. However, occasionally a reaction to acupuncture can occur (for example, dizziness or some nausea during treatment). This feeling goes away shortly after the needles are removed.
For a complete list of conditions acupuncture has proven to be an effective treatment for by the World Health Organization, please click here.