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What is Acupuncture?


Acupuncture has developed over the centuries as one of the many tools of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It involves inserting thin needles into different parts of the body to stimulate the body’s own healing factor.  This healing energy is called Qi, pronounced: “CHEE”.  An acupuncturist stimulates this Qi which heals us, helps us grow and keeps us young.

Qi, like a gyroscope, has many flowing parts that share the same characteristics of water or electricity.  Like water, its flow can be diverted or in the sense of electricity, its flow can be conducted to heal the body using acupuncture points.  In Acupuncture, good health depends on good Qi entering the body (clean air, water, food) and toxins or bad Qi (waste, carbon dioxide) leaving the body.  When this energy is imbalanced or its flow is interrupted, it results in ill health or weak Qi.

Dr. Valentin’s philosophy:  Optimal health and performance is reached when proper balance of exercise, nutrition, and detoxification is attained. 

Acupuncture sessions are less than 60 minutes with exam and about 30 minutes for follow up visits.

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Acupuncture treats many common ailments and chronic diseases more effectively than modern Western medicine. 

Dr. Valentin outlines a few the health benefits:

Provides relief for chronic pains such as lower back pain and migraines

Treatment not only causes the body to release natural pain killers, it can also change a patient’s perception of the pain.  Thereby relieving their symptoms.  

Relieves stress and anxiety

Treatments geared toward different parts of the body can relieve different types of stress.

May help women dealing with infertility

Depending on the presumed causes, we administer acupuncture to women before and after they undergo in-vitro fertilization.  Acupuncture treatments decrease uterine contractions (which can cause the IVF to fail).  Also, it can increase blood flow to the uterus, which may help the embryo take.

Improves overall health and wellness

Many patients who use acupuncture to improve their overall well-being use it as a preventative health measure.  It boosts your immune system and helps people in stress to continue with their work and enjoy life.

Our focus at Active Wellness is for each patient to receive unique care specific to their individual needs.   After treating a patient, we educate them in rehabilitation, nutrition, and exercise.  Our ultimate goal for our patients is to gain the opportunity and knowledge they need to adopt a wellness philosophy of health and share their experience with others.

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