Advanced Chiropractic Care and Acupuncture, Ltd.

Advanced Chiropractic Care
and Acupuncture, Ltd.

(630) 529-0047

108 South Third Street Suite 2
Bloomingdale, IL 60108 | directions »

Acupuncture Alternatives

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of Healthcare that has been around for 3500 years originating in China. The system is based on the meridian theory. This theory states that our bodies have pathways just beneath the skin called meridians which allow energy to flow to every aspect of our body. Along these meridians are points called acupuncture points. These points on the meridians are areas where energy comes into the meridian, leaves the meridian, or exchanges energy with other meridians. These points can be used to balance the energy flow through the meridian system. The meridian theory states that all diseases in the body are related to disharmony in the flow of energy in this system. A common example of disharmony of the meridian system is when there is a blockage of energy flow in a meridian, the blockage of flow will disrupt the function in the structures of the body which the meridian passes. Acupuncture treatments are performed to remove this blockage of energy flow and allow our bodies innate abilities to heal itself function. The picture to the right demonstrates a common acupuncture point used for the treatment of pain.
Is there a scientific basis for acupuncture?

In the past decade western medical doctors have taken an interest in the mechanisms of the meridian theory. Many theories have been formulated to explain the healing effects of this therapy. One study was performed with very sensitive electrical measuring devices which found that our bodies do have pathways in our system which have low levels of electrical current flow. The amazing part is that it was mapped to approximately 99% accuracy to Chinese theory stated 3500 years ago. Other studies have shown that acupuncture point stimulation causes changes in the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems.
What conditions can be treated with acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been found to be affective in treating most causes of pain. Chinese medicine describes pain as being caused by a blockage of energy flow. When this flow is restored the body is able to heal the tissues causing the perception of pain. By optimizing the healing process acupuncture is affective in treating acute and chronic pain. The World Health Organization Inner-Regional Study Seminar recommended acupuncture treatment for about forty kinds of diseases, including neural, muscular, gastrointestinal, and respiratory diseases.