Acupuncture is the most important form of treatment within Chinese Medicine. Using delicate needles that are gently inserted into special points on the skin, we stimulate an area or a target organ, and by that, we effect some action and bring about change.
Whether it is back, shoulder or knee pain or whether it is an internal ailment such as diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, breathing problems or hypertension – acupuncture treats both internally and externally.
Acupuncture is based on the Chinese belief that energy or the “life force” flows in the body through channels called meridians. This life force is known as Ch’i and it can be influenced by delicate treatment on points scattered around this meridian system. Gentle acupuncture on these points affects both the tissues, muscles, tendons and ligaments (Eg. musculoskeletal pain) and internal organs. There are also points that affect the mental state, mood, hormone secretions and metabolism.
“Where there is no movement – there is pain; where there is movement – there is no pain”
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese believed that when Ch’i does not flow freely in the body, it causes illness. They also believed that acupuncture can restore Ch’i flow and thus restore health. It has been shown that acupuncture stimulates nerves and muscle tissue and hence it’s beneficial effects.
Today acupuncture is applied in dozens of countries by thousands of therapists on more than millions of people each year and even on their pets! People go to acupuncture for treatment of AIDS, allergies, arthritis, asthma, facial paralysis, bladder infections and kidney problems, as well as for bronchitis, colds, constipation, depression, diarrhea, dizziness and various types of addictions. Acupuncture helps ease the symptoms of epilepsy, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, flu, gynecological disorders, headaches, high blood pressure, menopause, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines, nausea, nocturnal bed wetting, aches, pains, musculoskeletal problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), sexual dysfunction, sinus problems, smoking, stress, post-stroke symptoms, tendinitis and just about anything else.
Although the sources of early development of Chinese acupuncture remain somewhat unclear, many people around the world today believe that Chinese acupuncture is an effective medical treatment for a wide range of problems, illnesses and disorders. This belief is not only based on the fact that Chinese acupuncture is thousands of years old, but is also proven in many studies performed in Israel and around the world.
Millions of people who have experienced the beneficial effects of acupuncture and thousands of scientific studies have concluded that acupuncture is effective for many problems including pain relief, fertility, treating rheumatoid arthritis, and relieving nausea after chemotherapy.
At the first session, we do a full medical history that includes health background and details of the patient’s current condition. After the patient sits down or lies down, we take a pulse from each wrist and look at the tongue. Then, we make a diagnosis and put together a treatment plan that may include acupuncture, Tuina, herbs and nutritional counselling.