Free acupuncture treatment at our new location this weekend only(9/28/2012~9/30/2012)!

Acupuncture Provides Pain Relief and Treat Diseases for Many Patients

Acupuncture is an ancient practice in which very fine needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points on the body to relieve pain and treat disease. The Chinese developed acupuncture centuries ago in accordance with the theory that energy flows through channels between the surface of the body and internal organs.

Chinese medicine maintains that the more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connect with 12 main and eight secondary “meridians” or channels. Pain and disease are the result of these channels becoming blocked. By placing needles at one end of the channel or the other, healthy energy can be restored.

Western medicine’s view is that the placement of acupuncture needles at specific pain points releases endorphins and opioids, the body’s natural painkillers, and perhaps immune system cells as well as neurotransmitters and neurohormones in the brain. Research has shown that glucose and other bloodstream chemicals become elevated after acupuncture.

According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, there is also evidence that stimulating acupuncture points enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than under normal conditions. This may increase the flow of healing or pain-killing natural chemicals to injured areas.

When pain is relieved, patients feel a greater sense of well-being overall, physically and emotionally. As a result, they may heal faster.

How is it done?

Acupuncture needles are metallic and sterile, used once and discarded. Needles are solid (not hollow, as are hypodermic or vaccination needles) and are slightly bigger than the width of human hair. Patients can feel the needle pierce the skin, but there is no pain. The puncture site is usually swabbed with a disinfectant beforehand. When the needle locates the trigger point, there may be a “grabbing” sensation, followed by a relaxed, heavy feeling and overall body warmth. Some patients even fall asleep during treatment. Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but there may be some soreness or light headedness following treatment.

There are several acupuncture methods beyond simply inserting needles. Sometimes a low electrical charge is sent through the needles and sometimes the needles are heated with a heat lamp or “moxa stick,” which is an herbal heat source that looks and burns like a cigar. Sometimes two needles are used at one trigger point. Sometimes the needles are twirled or manipulated by hand, and sometimes needles aren’t used at all, but trigger points are massaged instead.

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In brief, you should know the following about us: Dr. Ivy Tian has been practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for 19+ years.  Ivy Acupuncture & Herb Clinic was established in 2001 here in Santa Clara and had been responsible for providing outstanding Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine ever since. Our specialty is in the area of pain relief, post stroke recovery or Stroke Commemorative Symptoms, Neck and Spinal (Cervical Vertebrae) Pain and Injuries, Lower Back (Lumbar Vertebrae) Pain, Meniere’s Disease, High Blood Pressure, Insomnia, Prostatic Hyperplasia, Gout, and Diebetes. Our business is located at 2940 Scott Blvd. Santa Clara, CA.