The use of acupuncture is fairly new to the United States and Europe, though it has been used in Asian countries, mainly China, for thousands of years. There's a good reason to why it is still used today, which is why millions of Americans have switched to this natural method. Researchers are reporting the many benefits to acupuncture such as an increase in the longevity of life and treatment of illnesses and serious diseases.
Oriental medicine states that our condition is based off of the flow of our life energy (Qi). When our Qi is disrupted, depending on the area a certain condition will arise such as a weakened immune system, cold, flu, stress, depression, and can even lead to more chronic illnesses like diabetes or cancer. Acupuncture can restore the flow of our Qi and improve it which will not only heal the condition, but enhance our lives overall. Acupuncturists do this by stimulating certain points on your body, called acupuncture points, with a thin, sterile needle. Although a needle is most common, there are four different methods an acupuncturist may use depending on the condition being treated.
Alternate Method #1: Electroacupuncture
Alternate Method #2: Moxibustion
Alternate Method #3: Cupping
Alternate Method #4: Pressure
An example of how acupuncture works would be to imagine a flowing river. If a large object is thrown in the middle of this river, then it will stop flowing and the rest of the way would be depleted. Acupuncture would remove this blockade so that the energy, or river, can flow freely once again making the river look fully alive rather than half-drained.
There are many conditions acupuncture can aid with, which is especially helpful with pain. Conditions such as neck tightness, headaches, migraines, should pain, stomach aches, lower back pain, joint pain caused by osteoporosis or arthritis, digestive pain, post-surgical pain, and overall body aches can be relieved through the use of acupuncture. It is also used to treat mental problems such as depression, insomnia, anxiety, and stress. Reproductive health also benefits from acupuncture by improving fertility, sperm motility, sperm count, and helps manage menstrual cycles.
It has been reported by the World Health Organization that acupuncture and oriental medicine techniques have been successfully used for the treatment and managing of varying conditions which include:
Santa Monica Acupuncture and Wellness
Laurie Binder, Doctor of Acupuncture (RILB)
(old address )
1322 2nd Street Suite #36
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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