Points for Wellness, Santa Cruz CA
Acupuncture was developed over 2000 years ago and has long been used as a treatment in Chinese medicine to restore the balance of “qi,” also know as the life force energy. It involves the careful insertion of fine needles into precise points along the body’s meridians in order to treat illness and restore wellness. Proven by Western science, the location of the points contain an abundance of blood vessels, nerve and lymph tissue which is why these hundreds of points have specific and unique functions to help heal the body. Not only is acupuncture still a fundamental part of the Chinese medical system, it is now a widely accepted and popular form of medicine in Santa Cruz, the US and around the world.
Acupuncture works by accessing the qi and blood that flows through the meridians, also known as channels or pathyways, that cover the entire body; much like nerves and blood vessels. Each of the meridians pertain to specific organ systems in the body and with the administration of acupuncture, it’s possible to access these systems and create change. When one or more of the channels are blocked, it creates illness, stagnation or pain. If there is an imbalance of qi, too much or too little, illness can follow. Preventing and treating disease involves restoring, balancing and circulating the qi, blood and fluids in order to promote optimal health and wellness.
Acupuncture Has Many Benefits
Acupuncture has proven to be extremely effective at helping Santa Cruz residents manage acute and chronic pain, such as headaches, arthritis, back injuries, and sport related injuries. Because Traditional Chinese medicine is not a symptom based medicine, rather it treats the patient by getting to the root cause of imbalance, it is possible to treat just about any condition such as:
Digestive conditions: heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, colitis, gallbladder and liver disorders, gastritis, ulcers, food allergies, flatulence, weight control.
Reproductive/Endocrine conditions: PMS, hormonal imbalances, morning sickness, menopause, infertility, uterine or bladder prolapse, menstrual irregularities and pain.
Respiratory conditions: hay fever, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, bronchial asthma, influenza, acute tonsillitis, chronic cough and more.
Cardiovascular conditions: Chest pain, blood pressure issues, muscle cramps, poor circulation, angina pectoris.
Emotional conditions: anxiety, depression, phobias, addiction behaviors, nervousness, and emotional disturbances.
Skin conditions: psoriasis, acne, hair loss, herpes zoster, eczema, dermatitis, nerve rash, scar tissue.
Urogenital conditions: interstitial cystitis, prostatitis, urinary retention, kidney disorders, and nocturnal enuresis.
Neurological conditions: sleep disorders,tinnitus, Meniere’s disease, stroke, migraines, some forms of paralysis, peripheral neuropathy, dizziness, intercostal and facial neuralgia.
Musculoskeletal conditions and pain: osteoarthritis, sciatica, low back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, tenosynovitis, shoulder and neck pain,‘frozen shoulder’, and ‘tennis elbow.’
Athletic injuries: sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.