At Balanced Health Center, we offer Acupuncture services for the relief of several conditions, such as migraines, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, and many other problems.
Dr. Stock is licensed in acupuncture and has over 200 post graduate study hours in this discipline.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is an Asian technique treating many medical problems by inserting fine needles into various active points on the body. Legend has it that acupuncture is 4,000 to 5,000 years old. The first written reference to acupuncture dates back to somewhere between the 5th and 3rd centuries B.C. Acupuncture began in China, but soon spread to other Oriental countries and in the past century has been practiced in Europe and the Soviet Union. Acupuncture is now practiced in China side-by-side and in cooperation with Western medicine. Many conditions have been found to benefit greatly from treatment using a combination of Eastern and Western medicine.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine's theory, the basic energy force of life which flows through all living things is called Qi - meaning energy flows. When this force flows through the human body, it travels along twelve primary and two secondary channels or meridians. As Qi flows through the channels, it helps circulate the blood and also affect the nervous system. Along these channels there are 365 major acupuncture points.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, acupuncture helps to keep Qi flowing properly through the meridians or channels of the human body. When Qi flows properly, it carries its life force to all of the organ networks, encouraging them to work harmoniously to promote good health.
Obstructions at one point in a meridian cause a deficiency of Qi "downstream", and an excess "upstream", which can cause diminished activity in some organs, and hyperactivity in others. This unhealthy state of affairs manifests itself as illness, pain, and other symptoms of disease. An acupuncturist, in observing the symptoms of a disease, identifies the specific meridians or channels which are blocked, and attempts to normalize the flow of Qi by stimulating certain points along the meridians.