ACUPUNCTURE

Long Valley Health Center provides acupuncture in our Laytonville office. 

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of the ancient practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe the human body has more than 2,000 acupuncture points connected by pathways or meridians. These pathways create an energy flow (Qi, pronounced "chee") through the body that is responsible for overall health. Disruption of the energy flow can cause disease. By applying acupuncture to certain points, it is thought to improve the flow of Qi, thereby improving health. Indeed, acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system. This, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body's natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.

How does Acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is the practice of penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles which are then activated through gentle and specific movements of the practitioner's hands or with electrical stimulation. 

Health conditions that can be addressed with Acupuncture:

  • Anxiety Disorders 

  • Asthma

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Headaches

  • Mood Disorders (e.g., Depression)

  • Nausea 

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Pain (e.g., Myofascial Pain, Dental Pain After Surgery, Menstrual Cramps, and Low Back Pain)

  • Repetitive Strain Injury (e.g., Tennis Elbow and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)

  • Substance Use Disorder