Medical Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine is an integrated system, which has been used for thousands of years to treat injury and illness.  Acupuncture forms one of the key components to the Traditional Chinese Medicine approach to curing disease and disorders of the body.  Medical Acupuncture at Balance in Life PC

In the Traditional Chinese Medicine system, 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.

Traditional Chinese Medicine likens the human body to a highly complex electrical circuit.  Like any electrical circuit, it must be kept in good working order if it is to function effectively.  If the circuit breaks down, the result is illness.  Among the major assumptions in Traditional Chinese Medicine 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 (Pronounced “chee”, meaning vital energy) along pathways known as meridians.

Traditional Chinese Medicine theorizes that it is essential for qi, as well as blood to circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner for good health of the mind and body.  Acupuncture meridians or channels are the pathways through which the energy flows throughout the body.  Acupuncture points lie along the meridians and are the holes that allow entry into the acupuncture meridians.  The acupuncture points provide gateways to influence, redirect, increase, or decrease the body’s vital substances, qi (energy) and blood, thus correcting many of the body’s imbalances.

Although we, the traditional western medical society, don’t understand exactly how acupuncture works from a conventional science perspective or at the cellular level, it is one of the safest treatments that we perform at Balance in Life, P.C.  Acupuncture has been proven by the test of time to be effective in approximately 90% of the patients to whom it is administered.  Dr. Srutwa has been practicing acupuncture since 1996 and continues to find it fascinating and very effective for various types of pain and other conditions.

Acupuncture is a “cumulative” therapy, decreasing the patient’s pain incrementally with repetitive treatments.  Acupuncture involves the placement of very thin (slightly thicker than a human hair), sterile, single-use, surgical steel needles into very specific points situated on the body.  Acupuncture therapy can be used in treating most pain-related issues, as well as smoking cessation.

The acupuncture techniques used in this practice consist of a combination of modalities, which include:

- French Energetics

- Neuro-Anatomic

- Yamomoto Scalp

The use of acupuncture in treatment is dependent on patient preference as well as insurance coverage.

For further information on the use and benefits of medical acupuncture, contact us.