The body contains a vital energy called qi (“chee”), which flows along specific pathways or ‘meridians’ throughout the body. Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ, and has specific functions vital to maintaining internal equilibrium. Health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of our qi. Illness occurs when these flows of energy become disrupted or depleted. Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into precise locations along the meridians to restore the smooth, balanced flow of the qi, allowing the body to return to a state of health. The needles used are sterile, single-use, and slightly thicker than a strand of hair. They are inserted quickly and gently just under the skin, and generally cause little or no discomfort. The resulting sensation is a gentle warmth, tingling, or pressure. Most people find the treatment very relaxing and frequently fall asleep during the session.
Acupuncture is just one component of a comprehensive, highly effective health care system called Oriental Medicine. This form of medical care has been used by millions of people throughout the world for over 3000 years to treat disease, prevent illness, and promote well-being. The system employs a wide range of therapeutic resources, which also includes acupressure, herbs, nutrition, and manual therapy. It is quickly gaining acceptance and popularity in this country as a safe, reputable clinical approach. Although it can be the sole therapeutic system used to address most health issues, it does work very well in tandem with western medicine. It is often recommended by physicians when conventional approaches are unadvisable or ineffective, or to alleviate side effects resulting from their interventions.
Please contact Golden Leaf Health Services to to find out more about oriental medicine and acupuncture in Denver, Colorado.