Acupuncture is a general term used to describe Oriental Medicine, which is comprised of massage, herbal prescriptions, acupressure, and of course needles. You might already be familiar with massage; however a typical massage differs from a massage you might receive in an acupuncturist’s office because it is medicinal rather than for relaxation or tight muscles.
Herbal prescriptions are comprised of a variety of herbs, some you can find in your kitchen at home such as ginger, cinnamon and turmeric. Others are less common, and may only grow natively in China.
Acupressure is similar to massage, but more point specific, working along the same lines as acupuncture without the use of needles. In a general acupuncture treatment you may receive just acupuncture, acupressure or a combination of other modalities. Acupuncture can be very non-invasive, sometimes only using one or two needles in a treatment. Many people are hesitant when it comes to acupuncture, but it is an incredibly safe, painless and effective way to improve overall health. The holistic treatment originated more than 2,000 years ago, and it has proven effective in clinical trials to treat and prevent a number of medical conditions. The benefits of acupuncture are widespread. Many of our patients report feelings of relaxation and improved energy. Acupuncture can also help you feel and look younger, decrease wrinkles, improve circulation and boost your immune system.