Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine services in Flagstaff, Arizona

Lauren Phillips, L.Ac., M.S.O.M.

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If you suffer from headaches, pain, insomnia, stress, digestive disorders, asthma, allergies, PMS, or other conditions, acupuncture can help you!!

Chinese Medicine is one of the earliest forms of medicine, dating back over two thousand years.  It is practiced all over the world, from Australia to France to the US, and everywhere in between.  Chinese Medicine has its basis in nature, and was developed out of the Taoist principle that everything in nature is interconnected and relies on everything else in order to maintain balance.  Therefore, the mental and physical aspects of a person are interwoven, as well as the organ systems within the body.  If one organ system is functioning improperly, it will affect the whole body.

Acupuncture is one of the most commonly used components of Chinese Medicine.  It involves inserting thin needles into acupuncture points on the body, thereby eliciting a positive homeostatic response.  Acupuncture is believed to move qi (energy, pronounced chee) and blood throughout the body, thereby relieving pain and tension and restoring the body's natural, healthy balance.  New patients are sometimes apprehensive about treatment due to a fear of needles, but those used in acupuncture are completely different than hypodermic needles.  Acupuncture needles are tiny and threadlike, not much larger than a strand of hair.  During treatment, patients typically report feelings of complete relaxation and many even fall asleep. 

Due to its efficacy, minimal-to-no side effects and affordability, more Americans than ever are seeking acupuncture over western medicine as a primary method of healthcare, maintenance and prevention.