Acupuncture is used to regulate and restore the balance of the body in order to assist and accelerate the healing process. It is based on traditional Chinese theories; the flow of qi (energy) and blood through meridians or pathways that cover the body, somewhat like nerves and blood vessels. According to this theory, when one or more of these pathways is blocked, illness pursues… or when there is an imbalance of energy, illness follows.
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of many health conditions. The Chinese have recorded these points over a period of two thousand years. In recent times, many scientific studies have established the validity of acupuncture. The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledge that acupuncture treatment can effectively treat a wide array of acute and chronic conditions. Furthermore, acupuncture is known to provide effective healthcare that results in a healthier well being.
Herbal medicine is the substantial counterpart to the energetic medicine of acupuncture. Many conditions greatly benefit from the use of Chinese herbal therapy alone, or with acupuncture. Herbs, which include plants, flowers and minerals are highly specific in their actions and possess diverse qualities and properties to target different aspects of disharmony. Herbal formulas are specifically tailored to the individual needs of each patient and come in many forms, including herbal teas, pills, powders or tinctures. We are highly trained in herb contraindications and herb/drug interactions. At Retreat Acupuncture herbal prescriptions are written according to your specific condition and needs. We only carry and recommend herbs from companies that have been tested for safeness and purity.
Nutritional & Lifestyle Counseling
Diet, nutrition and lifestyle are important elements that round out the Chinese medical treatment plan. We will educate you as to which foods or supplements should be added or eliminated based on your diagnosis, and wellness goals. The philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine is to achieve a balanced lifestyle. With the responsibilities of today's lifestyle it can be a challenge to take good care of yourself, so that you can look and feel your best. During your visits, we will educate you on stress reduction techniques, exercise programs, meditation and relaxation.