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Bellevue Acupuncture Clinic
Proudly serving Seattle and Greater Eastside since 1993
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM), a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous
clinical tradition of over 3000 years. Acupuncture and TCM are based on an
energetic model in comparison to the biochemical model of Western medicine. The
ancient physicians discovered a system of cyclic energy called Qi (pronounced chee) flowing in the human body along specific pathways. Each pathway, called
meridian, is associated with a particular physiological system and an internal
organ, and communicates with surface of the body at specific locations called
acupuncture points. Each point has a specific predictable effect upon the Qi
passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical
charge at these points, confirming the locations of the meridians mapped by the
ancients. Disease arises when state of imbalance occurs or flow of Qi is blocked
within the cyclic system. The functionality of acupuncture is to help remove the
blockage and restore the balance by stimulating specific points.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving
an injection. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter
of a thick hair. In most cases, needle insertion only cause minimal discomfort,
which is no worse than a mosquito bite. Most patients find the treatments very
relaxing and many fall asleep during the treatment.
What Can Acupuncture Treat?
The World Heath Organization (WHO) has recognized acupuncture
as an effective way of treating over 200 commonly encountered
clinical disorders, among which are:
||Disorders of the bones, muscles, joints and neural
system, such as arthritis, neuralgia, migraine headache, insomnia,
dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, facial paralysis.
||Gynecological disorders, such as
irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility in women (and
||Circulatory disorders, such as hypertension,
arteriosclerosis, anemia, high cholesterol, and post-stroke symptoms.
||Respiratory disorders, such as asthma, sinusitis, allergies, emphysema and
||Gastrointestinal disorders, such as food
ulcer, constipation, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, digestive
weakness, anorexia and gastritis.
||Urogenital disorders, such as stress incontinence,
tract infections and sexual dysfunction.
||Emotional and psychological disorders, such as
and anxiety. Addictions of alcohol and drugs, and stop-smoking.
||Other disorders such as those of eye, ear, nose and
throat etc; weight control, chronic and acute pains.
Here is a complete list of disorders
that may be treated with acupuncture according to WHO's study of clinical