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. When you’re ready to explore the possibilities, schedule an appointment with Stratford Acupuncture & Wellness Center, either online or by phone.
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.
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.
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:
This is far from a comprehensive list. Many people have achieved lasting relief from many other mental and physical conditions through acupuncture.
Acupuncture offers several distinct benefits when compared to other treatments. Some of those benefits include:
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.