We at the Cafe of Life in Longmont are excited to announce a new healing technique to our clients: acupuncture! The core of this medicinal philosophy is that our body’s vital energy, or Qi, needs to freely move through the body to nourish our tissues and organs for optimal health. If one of these pathways, called a meridian, becomes blocked then our Qi will be imbalanced and needs to be restored with thin, painless needles inserted at specific points.
Although this treatment has been effectively utilized for 3,000 years in the East, acupuncture has received recognition for awhile now in Western medicine as well. Twenty years ago an article was published by the National Institutes of Health that reviewed the efficacy of acupuncture in hundreds of clinical studies and concluded that “acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative” for the numerous ailments listed below.
Conditions that Can Be Effectively Treated with Acupuncture in Longmont
- Back, neck, shoulder and knee pain
- Biliary/Renal colic (pain from gallbladder obstruction/kidney stones)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Facial pain- including craniomandibular disorders
- Headache- including migraines
- Leukopenia (a reduction of white blood cells from various diseases)
- Misalignment of fetus
- Menstrual cramps
- Nausea and vomiting- from chemotherapy or morning sickness
- Postoperative pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Seasonal allergies and hay fever
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Upper abdominal pain (from an ulcer or irritation of the stomach lining)
The NIH article also pointed out that: “One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.” So if you are suffering from any of the above conditions, why not try acupuncture at the Cafe of Life in Longmont to unblock the obstruction in your body’s vital energy and restore balance to your health!
Acupuncture. NIH Consensus Statement Online 1997 Nov 3-5; June, 27]; 15(5):1-34.