What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world. It uses the insertion of hair-like needles in specific points on the body called meridians to bring the “life force” or vital energy also called Qi (pronounced “chee”) into balance.
Does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture has been practiced for over 5,000 years. Over the past several decades, Western methods have been used to test the effectiveness of acupuncture and the World Health Organization has concluded that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of health conditions.
How does acupuncture work?
Chinese medicine views the body as a network of interconnected meridians that transmit Qi (vital energy) throughout the body. When the flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”) is obstructed or moving irregularly, the function of muscles, organs, and tissue is impaired. Hair-like needles are used at certain points on the body to correct imbalances in Qi. When the flow of energy is unblocked, the body can repair and regulate itself. There has been much research proving the effectiveness of acupuncture in helping with chronic back pain, migraine, tension headaches, and fertility.
What do people use acupuncture for?
Is there scientific evidence that it works?
China, Russia, Germany, and Japan are investigating the effectiveness of acupuncture using scientific instruments to measure phenomena like Qi, Yin and Yang, acupuncture points, etc. Some research suggests that acupuncture points are electromagnetic places of least resistance in the body. Recent research using Functional MRI scans have demonstrated its effectiveness. The World Health Organization and National Institute of Health have endorsed acupuncture for a variety of conditions and the new ICD 11 insurance codes include TCM diagnosis.
Testimonial for Acupuncture
“When I first started treatment with Dr. Julie I could barely close my hands. I have severe carpal tunnel in both wrists. Within a short time of treatment (about 3 weeks), I was able to make a fist and actually grip things. It took only about 6 weeks before I was able to get very reasonable use of both of my hands (when my Dr. said that only surgery would accomplish this).
She also treated me for other things and I found that she went above and beyond to help me with any complaint I had. She was willing to try new things to find what worked best for me and even did research on her own time to make sure she was giving me the best treatment possible.
I am deeply grateful to Dr. Julie for all she has done and hope that anyone suffering from pain will allow her the opportunity to help. She is a great heart and giving soul who will do everything possible to help.”
San Jose, CA
The Acupuncturist’s Oath
On my honor I solemnly promise, as a physician of the oriental medical arts, to humbly practice my profession to the best of my ability. This means that when I treat an illness I will calm my spirit and fix my resolve.
I will not give way to wishes and desires but develop an attitude of compassion and vow to rescue from suffering all sentient beings. When someone comes to me for help, I will not ask if the patient is noble or common, rich or poor, old or young, beautiful or ugly. Strangers, family, good friends, foolish and wise are all the same and I will think of them as my closest relatives.
I will look on others sufferings as my own and be deeply concerned and anxious to relieve the distress. Day and night, in cold and heat, in hunger, thirst, and fatigue I will help with a kind heart and a kind treatment.
I will be respectable and listen with love and understanding to my patients. I will strive to master all the medical literature, working carefully and tirelessly. I will be modest about my abilities and respectful with other physicians.
I will have integrity with my patients and my business practices. I will be proud enough to practice my medical art to the best of my ability and be humble enough to call for assistance when necessary.
I see my ability to be a great physician of Oriental Medicine as a gift to be shared with humanity.