Acupuncture uses a series of points that are the entrances into the energetic channels or meridians of the body. These meridians cover and permeate the entire body. Qi, or the body’s vital energy travels through these meridians, and into the vital organs and central systems of the body. In Chinese Medicine the meridians and acupuncture points along the meridians are used to diagnose and treat disorders of the body. There are more than 350 acupuncture points that all have their own unique therapeutic value, when used in conjunction with other points as part of an acupuncture treatment or prescription, the overall health of the patient can be greatly impacted. When needled this points can prompt the body to regulate pain or certain body systems (endocrine, nervous, digestive, etc., as well as stimulating blood flow.
Auricular or ear acupuncture is often used to treat many disorders ranging from addiction to general wellness. Eastern Medical Traditions have demonstrated that there are microsystems, or specific areas in the ear, as well as the hands and feet that correspond specifically to the rest of the body. These parts of the body contain all the information to treat the body as a whole. Electro-acupuncture, where electrodes are connected to the needle handles is often effectively used to treat to pain.
Melanie’s approach to needling is Japanese in style and while gentle is very powerful. All acupuncture needles used in the practice are sterile, and remain in their unbroken packaging until just prior to insertion. Immediately upon removal, they are discarded in a medical-grade, secure sharps container. All acupuncture needles used in the practice are for one-time use. All needles used by Melanie are sterile, disposable, and as thin as a human hair.