About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a holistic, wellness-based medical procedure that has been in practice for more than 2,500 years.  Both preventative and palliative, anyone can benefit from acupuncture – even those whose problems resist modern medical methods or when there is no specific diagnosis.  Numerous studies have documented acupuncture’s effectiveness.  For more on what science tells us about acupuncture and its medical value, click here.

Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  In the TCM system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang.  Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle.  Among the major assumptions in TCM are that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang.  This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians.  It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them.  Treatment involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles.  The needles are tiny in diameter, just a little larger than a cat whisker.  The sensation caused by an acupuncture needle varies.  Some people feel a little pain as a needles are inserted, but many people feel no pain at all.

Acupuncture is endorsed by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  A downloadable fact sheet on acupuncture is available by clicking here.

Among the acupuncture techniques offered by AcuHealth LLC is “Five Element Acupuncture.”  Five Element Acupuncture works by looking at the person as a whole as well as their symptoms.  It gives special attention to the root causes of imbalances and disease.  The Five Element practitioner places great importance on bringing the Five Elements into balance, thereby curing the root causes as well as the symptoms. For more on Five Element Acupuncture and the Five Elements, click here.

In addition to Five Element Acupuncture, AcuHealth LLC also offers patients the benefits of Master Tung Acupuncture.  Master Tung Ching Chang has been referred to as The Greatest Acupuncture Technician who ever lived. Dr. Tung’s system, which utilizes acupuncture meridian points in new ways and also includes extra points, can provide perfect keys to the treatment of particularly challenging conditions in addition to a wide range of common ailments.  Ms. Cain has completed an intensive course of study in Dr. Tung’s methods, and offers the benefits of these advanced acupuncture techniques to her patients at AcuHealth LLC.  For more information about Master Tung Acupuncture, click here.

Note: Portions of the above were excerpted from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine website, www.nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture (10/1/2006).