K~CANN Pittsburgh Chiropractic
2415 Sarah Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15203
Acupuncture is a form of medicine which involves the stimulation of specific points on the skin with lasers or needles. This technique, which is over 5,000 years old, can be helpful in treating many different ailments. Though it is commonly associated with pain relief, it can assist in the treatment of more complex problems, such as stress, addictions, sprain/strain injuries, and even neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and neuropathy. By working with the neurological, endocrine, and circulatory systems, acupuncture can help the body restore its natural balance. When the body is in balance, a person will feel healthy. When the body is out of balance, a person may experience pain, discomfort, and illness. There are many different types of acupuncture: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Japanese-style, auricular and scalp acupuncture. In school, my studies focused primarily on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, acupuncture works with a substance called “Qi,” or the vital energy that sustains life. Qi circulates through channels in the body called Meridians.
When this circulation of Qi is inhibited, pain or illness is the result. By stimulating specific points (in our office I use only lasers), acupuncture restores this circulation, thereby promoting health.
The meridians are similar to the pathways of the nervous system. For example, the acupuncture point Gall Bladder is located along the path of the common peroneal nerve.
The picture above is an electron microscopic image of an acupu-ncture needle inserted into an acupuncture point. Modern tech-niques like laser, needless point stimulation when combined withr traditional acupuncture theory may produce amazing results for patients
The Nei Jing, above is one the first texts on acupuncture, it was written 2-3 thousand years ago. Modern acupuncture combines the ancient and the new. More>>