Acupuncture &Traditional Chinese Medicine
Ruth Shuster
naturopathic doctor
What Does Acupuncture Treat?
Because Acupuncture restores balance throughout the entire body, it can help treat many different health conditions. 
Some examples are:
Simple muscle tension
Chronic pain
Sports Injuries & Joint pain
Digestive problems
Reproductive health / infertility
Headaches / Migraines
Insomnia
Stress & Anxiety
Generally, acupuncture is not recommended for people who have a significant fear of needles, or for people with certain unstable health conditions.

What are Acupuncture Treatments Like?
For maximum results, Dr. Ruth Shuster, ND always does full body acupuncture treatments, employing a combination of both medical and constitutional acupuncture techniques.  Treatments are approximately 45 minutes in length. Breathing exercises and/or the use of an infra-red heat lamp may also be included.  It is a very relaxing experience, overall.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Benefits from acupuncture are cumulative; therefore treatments are generally done on a weekly to bi-weekly basis to start.  As the body begins to hold the effects of the acupuncture for longer and longer periods, treatments are spread out accordingly until either they are not needed anymore, or a maintenance schedule can be established.  The total number of treatments needed depends on the severity of your health concerns and the speed with which your body responds.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Yes, all needles are sterile, and are individually packaged for one-time-use only.  Only the highest quality acupuncture needles are used; and, strict clean needle technique is observed.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Dr. Ruth’s method of Acupuncture treatment does not cause pain; rather, it is a relaxing and stress reducing experience.  The sensations that patients feel depend on each individual’s level of sensitivity.  Some people don’t feel the needles at all; while others may feel a dull ache or heavy sensation in the area where needles are inserted. 

How Does Acupuncture Work?
An Eastern Perspective: 
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body has pathways of energy (called “Qi”) and this energy must always flow in a balanced manner.  When the flow of energy is blocked or disrupted, then symptoms of dis-ease begin.  Thousands of years of empirical evidence has shown that if you can affect the energy of a body, you can thereby affect the physical body as well.  So, the use of extremely fine needles, inserted at specific points on the body, is a physical means to manipulate this blocked energy and restore proper flow and balance.

A Western Perspective:
Western science does not dispute the energetic component of the body. In fact, it is Western science that shows, mathematically, how mass and energy are inextricable. (E=mc2)  From a purely anatomical perspective, however, many acupuncture points correlate directly with nerve root ganglion and other muscular trigger points.  Therefore, effects of acupuncture can be attributed to physical reflexes, and relaxation response of the nervous system.

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