“I am always under stress and my migraine headaches are getting worse. Do you think that acupuncture can help me?”

“Is there anything that you can do about the anxiety and panic attacks that my daughter is experiencing since she started high school last year?”

“Over the past year or so, I have developed stomach aches that seem to last for several hours or, sometimes, a few days.”

“I have been to so many specialists for my fibromyalgia, had so many tests, and no one seems to be able to know what to do about it.”

“The pain in my left knee is excruciating at times and because I often favor it when walking, I now have developed stiffness in my lower back that bothers me, too.”

“My doctor told me that I have a bad case of gout in my right foot. He wants me to start taking medication for it, but I’d prefer not to. Is acupuncture an option that might work for me so that I don’t have to start taking another prescription drug?”

“Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse, the carpal tunnel syndrome that I have in my left wrist is now affecting my right wrist, too. A friend of mine said that I should call you before seeing my doctor about possible surgery.”

The above comments are just a few examples of the ones that we receive at our center almost every week from patients who are looking, some desperately, for temporary relief or, more often, lasting resolution to a medical or health problem.

Fortunately, for patients with these types of conditions or facing these kinds of situations, acupuncture has proven, time and again, to be a life-changing treatment that offers the human body the highest chance for optimal health and healing.

Acupuncture, in various forms, has been practiced for more than 4,000 years and is recognized and regarded as one of the most common and effective forms of medical treatment in the world today.

Its early existence is overwhelmingly supported by the discovery of a frozen, mummified body of a man and various artifacts found by hikers in the mountains along the Austrian and Italian border in 1991.

Extensive scientific analyses of the body (known as Otzi the Iceman), who is believed to have died around 3,300 BC, show tattoo-like dots on his remarkably well-preserved skin on both sides of his lumbar spine, behind his right knee, and around his ankles.

Research indicates that these “tattoos” undoubtedly were related to acupuncture-like treatments that he had received for pain relief and that they represent actual acupuncture points on the body that, even today, are in the same or similar areas of the body typically treated in connection with orthopedic and other diseases, which the “Iceman” was found to have via testing of bone and tissue by radiologists, pathologists, and microbiologists.

So, why acupuncture and how can it help you to get well, stay well, and live well?

The answer, simply stated, is in its integrated or “whole body” approach to the prevention and/or treatment of numerous illnesses, imbalances, disorders, and diseases. (Please see “Conditions Treated” section for more information).

Acupuncture is unlike Western (Allopathic or Modern ) medicine, as it’s called, which tends to isolate or focus treatment on specific symptoms or affected area(s) of the body often with medication or surgery, for instance.

In contrast, acupuncture or Eastern medicine, as it’s known, looks at or treats the entire body and its interconnected energy pathways (meridians) by using tiny needles or magnets and, often, low-level laser technology, to realign or release “blocked” paths (frequently caused by stored toxins and emotional disturbances) that can prevent the body (and its immune system) from functioning at its natural, optimal, and healthy level.

These pathways run along the surface of the skin, which are easily accessible by the shallow insertion of flexible, hair-thin needles or via magnets and low-level lasers, and into the body to various internal organs.

By using acupuncture to release blocked pathways, the body’s natural harmony, balance and flow of energy is restored between its organs and to its circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary, endocrine, and other systems. And, when this all-important harmony, balance, and flow of energy are present in the body following acupuncture treatment, it then can advance toward and begin to achieve improved physical, mental, and emotional health.

Helping you to feel better today … tomorrow … and beyond always has been our mission and purpose at Desneige Acupuncture and Allergy Care … and always will be.

It’s Pet Friendly, Too

Just like the human body, dogs and cats have meridians (i.e., energy channels) and acupuncture points covering almost every surface of their bodies.

And, similar to humans, when a blockage or obstruction occurs in one or more of these channels due to stress, injury, diet, or trauma, for example, the flow of energy through the body can be disrupted or disturbed, which often leads to an imbalance of energy and, and as a result, a block in one or more of the meridians.

When this happens, and the block causes a constant or chronic imbalance, acupuncture, including needle and low-level laser (needle-free) treatments, can be effective in removing the obstruction and getting energy flowing freely again in the body, which helps to enhance blood circulation and promote healing, nervous system stimulation or relaxation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain relieving hormones.

photo courtesy of Today's Veterinary Practice
photo courtesy of Today's Veterinary Practice

There are many health conditions or problems that can benefit from acupuncture therapy, including those involving inflammation and pain. Below are some examples:

  • Musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, nerve injuries, sprains, and muscle spasms
  • Surgical wound healing, vehicle accidents, falls, and other types of trauma
  • Pain, nausea, decreased appetite, and lethargy due to cancer-related tissue swelling or enlargement of organ systems
  • Gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, gastritis, and colitis
  • Skin problems including allergic dermatitis and granulomas
  • Respiratory difficulties caused by asthma and allergies

If your dog or cat is experiencing any of these health conditions or problems, or are interested in acupuncture therapy for your pet to help increase its overall vitality and energy and to improve its quality of life, please call Desneige Acupuncture and Allergy Care to receive more information or to schedule a consultation or treatment.