Acupuncture promotes natural healing and improved function in the body by using small needles at precise acupuncture points. It is used to promote health and wellbeing, prevent illness, and treat medical conditions. The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy called meridians run in through the body and over its surface. Acupuncture works by unblocking obstructions in these channels to reestablish regular flow, and help the body correct imbalances in internal organs. However, the modern scientific explanation is that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain (and can be seen on functional MRI). These chemicals then trigger the release of other chemicals or hormones, which in turn influence the body’s own regulating systems and healing.
Acupuncture can be useful in a variety of acute and chronic conditions, and is particularly useful in helping resolve physical problems due to stress and emotional conditions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in treating many medical conditions including:
- Digestive disorders
- Respiratory disorders
- Neurologic and musculoskeletal disorders
- Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive conditions
See article here for in a detailed explanation on what acupuncture is and how it works.
Arizona Wellness Medicine offers 3 and 6-month intensive wellness packages for those serious about getting their health on track using Functional Medicine. Our 3-month wellness plan includes one initial visit, and 2 follow-up visits at a 10% package discount, and our 6-month plan includes one initial visit, and 5 follow-up visits at a 15% package discount. We also offer acupuncture packages in 10 and 20 visit increments.
Initial acupuncture evaluation and treatment visits are 60 minutes in length. Your primary reason for seeking out acupuncture will be discussed in detail, as well as going over your health history, a brief physical exam, and your first acupuncture treatment.
Follow-up acupuncture treatments are 45-60 minutes in length, and may include electro-acupuncture and/or gua sha (fascial scraping), as indicated.
The Institute for Functional Medicine teaches practitioners how to assess the patient’s status relating to modifiability lifestyle factors and fundamental clinical imbalances through careful history taking, physical examination, and laboratory testing. As Functional Medicine Practitioners we look at body systems and address clinical imbalances.