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About Acupuncture Treatment

"The power of acupuncture is to harmonize and strengthen the body systems before a disease stage, but the power of esoteric acupuncture is to work with consciousness and strengthen the center which consiststhe various levels of your heart."

Acupuncture is concerned with the whole person and addresses itself to many levels of functioning. It is the oldest, most commonly practiced medical procedure in the world and is used by one-third of the world as a primary healthcare system. The report from a Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1997 stated that acupuncture is being widely practiced by thousands of physicians, dentists, acupuncturists, and other practitioners for the relief or prevention of pain and for various other health conditions. Acupuncture has been widely accepted in the United States and has been endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Individuals using traditional acupuncture treatments often find relief from concerns including headaches, chronic fatigue, depression, allergies, back pain, digestive disorders, joint pain, sleeping problems, infertility, menstrual disorders and other symptoms. Acupuncture integrates well with other therapies and our practitioners partner with traditional providers, as needed.

What is acupuncture?

This ancient method of healing is based on natural laws describing the movement of energy in nature and the body. This life force, called ch'i flows through the body in channels similar to rivers moving through earth. Health is promoted when the ch'i in the body is full and moving properly. Illness can begin when the ch'i is blocked moving disharmoniously. Things, like everyday stress and upset disrupt the harmonious movement of ch'i. Acupuncture treats the underlying imbalances and promotes harmony within the body.

What is the scope of benefits?

Acupuncture is helpful for many concerns from headaches to joint pain. It has also been found effective for severe chronic conditions where pinpointing the cause has been difficult to determine. Those who receive ongoing treatment for maintenance and the promotion of good health have told us that they:

Tend to get sick less often and recover more quickly
Have improved stamina and vitality
Are better managers of their own health
See reductions in long-term health care costs and tend to visit doctors less often
Enjoy deepened more harmonious relationships with others

What relationship is there between acupuncture and other medical care?

Acupuncture is concerned with the whole person and addresses itself on many levels of functioning but does have limitations. Acupuncture is highly effective when used in conjunction with other health-promoting practices.

What about the needles?

Acupuncture needles are solid, slender - slightly thicker than a human hair - and bear no resemblance to syringes. We use the finest quality, stainless steel, pre-sterilized, disposable needles.

Does the treatment hurt?

The treatment process calls for the needles to be inserted just beneath the skin's surface. Sensations vary from person to person with some clients feeling a dull, momentary ache or tingling sensation.

 



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Margaret (Molly) Himes, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
11203A Lockwood Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20901 USA
301-593-2400