Acupuncture: A Powerful Tool for Health

About Acupuncture...

Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of thin, sterile needles on strategic points of the body to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself.  An acupuncture needle is much finer than the familiar hypodermic needle - in fact, 15 acupuncture needles fit into the opening of a hollow needle used for injections.  Many think acupuncture may hurt, but soon discover that treatment at Seaside Acupuncture is actually a relaxing experience.

Seaside Acupuncture is devoted to our patient's health and safety, therefore, acupuncture needles are only used once for you and then disposed of properly.


 How Acupuncture Works...

Through thousands of years of experience, Traditional Chinese Medicine has created a map of the body that includes pathways called meridians, through which blood and oxygen flow to nourish the organs.  Think of this as a roadmap to your health - when flow is interrupted (like a traffic jam) symptoms occur.  Major factors that lead to symptoms are:  chronic stress, injuries, environmental toxins, and poor diet.


The meridian pathways have specific points for healing that are stimulated by an acupuncture needle.  Though it seems mysterious, acupuncture has a scientific explanation and does not require a patient's belief in order to work.  The brain responds to the needle as it would to a scratch from a rose thorn.  When a thorn scratches the skin, the nervous system responds with a healing reaction.  Studies show that acupuncture increases blood cell counts, endorphins, and serotonin levels - the body's natural pain relieving and healing chemicals. 

The improved circulation of blood and the body's natural healing responses reduces inflammation, relieves stress, and strengthens one's health.


History of Acupuncture...

For over 3000 years, Acupuncture has been an important part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Over the years, techniques have been refined to incorporate modern medicine while still maintaining the integrity of the natural medicine.  Today acupuncture serves over 2 billion people worldwide.  The National Institute of Health reports that there are few, if any, negative side effects from acupuncture treatments. 


Or Needle-free Acupressure...

Stimulation of the "pressure points" can be done with practioner using their hands, adhesive pressure seeds, aromatherapy & flower essenses and Acutonics Vibrational Tuning Forks to stimulate the flow and function in the body that works with the same prinicipals as Acupuncture.  These sessions work well for children, the very sensitive and those who just do not want needles.  While this is generally considered less strong treatment, it is still very benificial and you will benifit from the insight of Oriental Medical Diagnosis and Treatment and other modalities that many be applied to treat the health issue.


 What to Expect During an Acupuncture Treatment...

A thorough health history and survey of symptoms based on oriental medicine is reviewed.  Your Acupuncturist is interested in knowing details related to your primary concerns, and will ask you questions related to all of the organ systems.


A unique part of Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis is to take the pulse in 6 different positions of the wrist to determine your organ function.  Your physician will also ask to see your tongue because it is the only visible muscle in the body so it gives an internal view of organ function.


A typical treatment consists of relaxation while several thin, sterile needles are gently inserted into acupuncture points specific to your condition.  Chinese herbal therapy may be incorporated if it is appropriate for your condition.


Additional therapies of cupping, moxibustion, ect. may be applied when needed to enhance the effectiveness of your treatment.


The number of treatments necessary varies depending on several factors: 

1.  How long the condition has existed. 

2.  The severity of the condition. 

3.  An individual's own response to treatments. 


Our goal is to rid the body of symptoms, stimulate the natural healing processes of the body, and to improve the quality of life by making you feel great. 

Call (561) 713-8355 to schedule your first treatment or complimentary
consult at Seaside Acupuncture