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Posted on 05-16-2016

Acupuncture is Different than Western Medicine

Western medicine deals with the body on a chemical and physical level using drugs and surgery to treat symptoms.

Eastern medicine looks at the body on an energy level. We have a life force within us that makes us different than a corpse. A corpse has all the physical parts, hair, skin, bones etc. but it doesn't have life. This life force is called Qi (pronounced Chee). It flows along pathways called meridians. If there is an interruption of this flow, symptoms may develop. Over the years, certain symptoms have become associated with certain blockage patterns.

With acupuncture we break up these energetic blockages, allowing the body the chance to heal itself.

If you're afraid of needles can you still get acupuncture?

The first acupuncturists used sharp wood splinters, fish bones and/or heat to energize and balance the meridian system.  While quite uncomfortable, results were achieved.  Gradually the instruments got smaller and smoother and presented less discomfort to the patient.   Today's needles are polished thin and smooth with lasers.

With modern technology and research, we've come to realize that the same effects can be achieved with other sources of stimulation.  Currently, in our office, we use micro current, which creates a very slight tingling sensation.  A cold laser, both green and red, to promote healing and balance, while Magnetic patches carry on the treatment at home.  Acupressure helps tight muscles and promotes lymphatic movement.

All these techniques have similar, good results to the traditional needling process.

These ancillary techniques are great for the needle phobic or young children.

What types of conditions do we treat kids for?  Bed wetting, anxiety and ADD are just a few.

—Dr. Victor Korwitts, D.C.

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