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Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center

Acupuncture & Nutrition Counseling located in Shelton, CT

Acupuncture has received a great deal of attention in recent years, but this form of ancient Chinese medicine is nothing new. Acupuncture has been in use for nearly 5,000 years. Joseph Downer, LAc, of Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center in Stratford, Connecticut, has completed extensive training in this healing method. Many men, women, and children in the area rely on his acupuncture skills to find relief from a wide range of health concerns. Stratford Acupuncture & Nutritional Wellness Center welcomes patients in the following towns: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, Guilford, Madison, Meriden, Milford, North Branford, Northford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Wallingford, New Haven, East Haven, Hamden, West Haven, Bethany, Woodbridge, Waterbury, Prospect, Wolcott, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Monroe, Newtown, Sandy Hook, Shelton, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Easton, Sherman, Bethel, Brookfield, Cos Cob, Danbury, New Fairfield, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Riverside, Westport, Weston, Southport, Redding, Wilton, & Stramford. When you’re ready to explore the possibilities, schedule an appointment with Stratford Acupuncture & Wellness Center, either online or by phone.

Acupuncture Q&A

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment rooted in ancient Chinese medicine. The anthropological record shows evidence of this type of stimulatory treatment dating back thousands of years.

 During the 14th and 15th centuries, acupuncture was a widely embraced medical treatment in China and was taught as a form of medical specialty. While acupuncture fell out of favor for a time beginning in the 17th century, it entered a revival period in the 1940s and has expanded to many other cultures since then.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture works by correcting the flow of energy through defined pathways in your body. The traditional understanding of that energy, called qi, was akin to a life force that keeps the body properly balanced and functioning at optimal levels.

When faced with an obstruction, that energy can no longer move freely and begins to build up. That can lead to numerous health issues as the “downstream” organs and systems become starved of energy.

Traditional Chinese medicine holds that there are 350 acupuncture points on your body, all of which connect to meridians that act as rivers to transport qi. Acupuncture strives to correct blockages in your meridians by inserting thin, flexible needles into the body.

What health issues can acupuncture treat?

Because your body and mind function as an interconnected whole, acupuncture has the ability to correct an astounding variety of health concerns, both mental and physical. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture can effectively treat:

  • Sciatica
  • Menstrual pain and issues
  • Nausea
  • Fertility
  • Lower back pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Decreased libido
  • Pregnancy-related nausea
  • Postpartum depression 
  • Knee pain
  • Migraine, cluster headache, and headache
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Side effects of chemotherapy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Dental pain
  • Nausea associated with Chemotherapy
  • Allergies
  • Weight loss
  • Mild depression
  • Certain stomach ailments
  • Children's health issues including anxiety, ADD/ADHD, bed-wetting, and allergies

This is far from a comprehensive list. Many people have achieved lasting relief from many other mental and physical conditions through acupuncture.

Why choose acupuncture over other treatments?

Acupuncture offers several distinct benefits when compared to other treatments. Some of those benefits include:

  • The ability to control pain without medications
  • Very few side effects
  • Well tolerated by most patients
  • Ability to incorporate into most other treatment plans
  • Impressive safety record when performed by a qualified professional

If you’re curious about how acupuncture might be able to work for your specific needs, schedule an appointment to meet with Joe for a personalized consultation. You can book a visit by phone, or try the simple online scheduling tool.