Saratoga Springs acupuncture is an entirely drug-free healthcare system. It works by restoring the body’s energetic balance and stimulating the body’s natural healing ability. In all treatments sterile, disposable needles are used.
Acupuncture has been in existence for over three thousand years and is increasingly accepted throughout the Western World as an adjunct to or in place of western medicine. Unlike conventional medicine, which is disease-oriented, acupuncture is patient-oriented and promotes positive health. Provided the treatment is carried out by a properly qualified practitioner, acupuncture can be regarded as completely safe.
Practiced in China for more than three thousand years, acupuncture is a part of a complete system of medicine known as Traditional Chinese Medicine. Other aspects of T.C.M. include herbal medicine, manipulative therapy (massage), diet, relaxation and special exercise (Qi Gong). Acupuncture involves the stimulation of the body’s energy and own healing in the treatment of a wide range of diseases, conditions and injuries. Since its introduction to France in the 1930s, it has become the largest drug-free healthcare system in the world.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, health is based on the balance or flow of energy or Qi (pronounced Chee) in the body. This energy runs through the body along invisible lines called meridians. There are twelve main channels of Qi in the body, each connected to an internal organ.
When healthy, the body’s energy or Qi flows smoothly. When the energy is blocked or disrupted, illness, fatigue, pain and even disease can result. Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile disposable needles at specific points along these meridians, thus stimulating the release of energy and the bodies own healing ability. By releasing blocked energy, acupuncture effectively relieves pain, restores energy and improves individual health and well being.
Women can be treated for any complications of pregnancy without causing any harm to mother or baby, although certain acupuncture points need to be avoided if there is any likelihood of miscarriage.