An acupuncturist works with Qi – the energetic principle of the body.
While medical doctors test bodily fluids and inspect various body parts, an acupuncturist focuses on the more ethereal, "gaseous" state of the body which animates it.
Before disease can be tested for or seen in bodily fluids or structures, it disrupts the Qi of the body. Over thousands of years, Chinese Medicine has developed methods to monitor subtle changes in health so that action can be taken when the body begins to become unbalanced.
By reading your pulse, looking at your tongue and facial complexion, and palpating your abdomen, an acupuncturist can determine which organ or meridian system is dysfunctional, and restore you to optimum health months or years before any affliction might be detected with lab tests or MRI’s.
Acupuncture functions as a preventative medicine when such symptoms that herald an energetic imbalance – pain, changes in mood, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches, menstrual irregularities and problems with fertility – are treated.
Once disease has taken hold, acupuncture is still effective at restoring a person's health, but progress is slower, and typical Western treatments should not be completely overlooked.
Acupuncture and Western medical treatments are complementary to each other: not every ailment can be treated by drugs and surgery – and vice versa.
Conditions commonly treated by acupuncture include the following:
Cardiovascular Disorders Anemia Dizziness/Vertigo High and low blood pressure High cholesterol Palpitations Poor circulation
Neurological and Musculoskeletal Disorders Arthritis Back pain Bell's palsy (if treated in the first 3–6 months, though improvements can still be seen if treated later) Carpal tunnel syndrome Epilepsy Fibromyalgia Frozen shoulder Headache and migraine Intercostal neuralgia Knee pain and weakness Peripheral neuropathy Meniere's disease Neurogenic bladder dysfunction Nocturnal enuresis Peripheral neuropathy Sciatica Tennis elbow Trigeminal neuralgia