Acupuncture, the process of inserting fine, sterile needles into various points of the body, has been practiced for over five thousand years. Many cultures attribute its success to its ability to restore the human body's natural flow of energy, called Qi (pronounced chee). Correcting the balance of Qi in the body helps activate our natural, self-healing abilities. Acupuncture care also helps relieve symptoms and signs of many health problems; it is safe, natural, drug-free and effective.

Oriental Medicine and Pain Management

Oriental Medicine assists with pain management in several ways; using herbal formulas to reduce pain by releasing inflammation, and moving the Qi and blood so that the area of pain can once again be nourished properly.

Acupuncture is used to open the channels where the Qi moves . This reduces the pain as it reduces the blockage and swelling. Acupuncture also reduces pain by relaxing muscles, calming nerve irritation, releasing natural, pain killing opiates, and improving the blood and “Qi” flow that speeds the healing process.

Recent research on physiologic and biochemical bases of acupuncture has shown it to release central nervous system endorphins. It has also been shown to release the chemical that activates the adrenal glands (ACTH), effect chemicals that are known to be involved in mood and pain perception, and influence one of the body’s pain-generating messengers.

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine work best in chronic situations as there are areas or organs that are under nourished and with needle and specific formulas of herbs, they assist in healing the root cause.  At the same tiime, they are reducing the intensity and the amount of time the pain exists.

Based on clinical experience, the World Health Organization lists more that 40 conditions for which Acupuncture might be considered. Included are fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, tennis elbow, low back pain, carpal tunnel, and postoperative dental pain.

Meet our acupuncture providers:  Sy Cloud, L.Ac. and Beverly Sorenson, L.Ac.