Oriental Medicine has been in existence for over 4000 years and is a comprehensive medical system with its own principles, diagnostic methods, and therapies.
Oriental Medicine views the body as an organic whole with a network of meridians connecting and coordinating the internal organs, Qi (“vital energy”), blood, body fluids, muscles, bones, tendons and the skin.
Oriental Medicine also holds as its central belief that health in all parts of the body is due to the relative balance of Yin and Yang. Yin-Yang theory forms the basis of Oriental Medicine’s holistic approach to health and disease and also offers practical guidance in the prevention and management of diseases.
The aim of Acupuncture is to regulate the meridians or channels of the body to unblock the stagnation of Qi (pronounced chi), as it is believed that disease is caused by these energy blockages within the body.
The channels are related to the internal organs, which if out of balance is another important factor in the cause of disease. Acupuncture is used to correct this imbalance. This treatment will activate the natural self-healing abilities of the body and can also strengthen the body to prevent future illness and disease.
Oriental Medicine is therefore a truly holistic form of medicine, aiming at treatment of the whole body rather than just the symptoms.
About the Acupuncturist
I am licensed with the State of Wisconsin. I graduated with a Masters Certificate in Acupuncture from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, Wisconsin. When treating patients, I integrate acupuncture, non-needle techniques and nutrition recommendations to help restore balance. My passion is to help others regain their health so they can get back to enjoying life.
Acupuncture is a safe, natural, drug-free treatment method for many common health problems.
I don’t like needles. No Problem!
There are other effective methods that do not use needles such as a Laser Point Stimulator, Tui Na massage, Cupping, Gua Sha, and Acupressure.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, disposable, fine gauge needles into the body at specific points along the meridian, which have been known to be effective in the treatment of the diagnosed problem.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture balances the body and speeds up your own healing process. Acupuncture treatments stimulate the body’s nervous system and immune functions to produce biochemicals that alter the body’s chemical balance. In turn, organs are stimulated to work to overcome imbalances existing in the body and to influence the body’s internal regulating systems. Hormone secretion, endorphins in the brain, neurotransmitters and cells of the immune system can be stimulated by acupuncture applications.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is often effective with a wide range of complaints, including chronic fatigue, depression, back pain, joint pain, infertility, asthma, addictions, and stress. Acupuncture is also helpful for many chronic illnesses and health concerns that have no clear origin or cause. Patients committed to a healthy lifestyle who receive ongoing acupuncture treatment for maintenance and health promotion often experience:
- Being sick less often and recovering more quickly
- Improvement of vitality and stamina
- Being able to take care of their own health
- Relationships with others deepening and becoming more harmonious
- Reductions in long term health care costs
Is acupuncture painful? What does acupuncture feel like?
Acupuncture uses fine gauge needles that are inserted into your body. Some points are more sensitive than others so the sensations range from nothing at all to a brief localized ache. You may feel a sensation similar to a mosquito bite. You also may experience a tingling, heaviness or electrical sensation. These sensations usually subside as the treatment progresses and you may feel a deep relaxation. Often patients fall asleep during a session and feel a sense of ease and renewal after the treatment.
Are the needles safe?
Yes. Sterile needles are used in treatment. They are used once and disposed of immediately and safely. As part of licensing requirements for the State of Wisconsin, Saida Reifenrath is certified in Clean Needle Technique.