Acupuncture is a system of medicine concerned with the movement of energy inside your body, called Qi (pronounced "chee"). The free flow of this energy is critical to establishing and maintaining your good health. A Phoenix acupuncture doctor can help you get and keep this free flow in your life and your health.
You can think of Qi as a network of free-flowing rivers that irrigates your body with the energy it needs to maintain physical, mental,emotional and spiritual well being. Unfortunately, the stress and strain of daily life - from anxiety to injuries - creates blockages in the 14 main channels or meridians that carry Qi throughout the body. Restoring balance in your body is key, and acupuncture can help.
Chinese medicine practitioners have been performing acupuncture for thousands of years. Through this holistic approach to health care, hair-thin, stainless steel needles are strategically inserted into the skin to unblock the flow of energy.
Imagine a river with an eddy in it. If you place stick in the middle of the eddy, the water will disperse more evenly. The same is true of acupuncture, as a needle is placed into a blockage your body disperses the energy creating even flow.
Understandably, some people are reluctant to have needles inserted into their skin. However, these needles are so thin that most people feel only a mild sensation. Plus, while many local providers of acupuncture have received as little as 20 hours of formal training, the doctors at Southwest Integrative Medicine have completed up to 3,000! The last thing you want from acupuncture is for the anticipation to create anxiety, so find an acupuncture doctor in Phoenix that has special training in acupucnture to prevent this.
Of course, before starting any acupuncture treatment, a full medical history and physical exam must be performed,including tongue, pulse and common diagnostic techniques unique to acupuncture. And since we are integrative doctors, this alternative therapy may be combined with conventional medicine, simply depending on your unique needs, for the treatment of conditions that include:
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