Why Acupuncture Has Outlasted All Other Medical Modalities

A lot of Treehouse Acupuncture patients are surprised when we tell them about the history of acupuncture. “8,000 years?” Yes, and still going strong. 

Stone knives were used in the Old Stone Age – a period of time over 10,000 years ago – eventually evolving into stone needles during the New Stone Age. But the acupuncture we know today was born in China approximately 5,000 years ago in a book written on Chinese medicine by Emperor Huang Di and his physician, Qi Bo; in it, they discussed needling techniques and identified over 160 pressure points. Over time, new techniques and machinations were developed and additional acupuncture points were named, until it became the healing modality we turn to today. 

You could say acupuncture is a sticking treatment. 

In any doctor’s office, your pulse rate is checked to determine your heart health. In Chinese medicine, pulse diagnosis seeks much more than your pulse rate: it checks for pulse length, pulse depth, and pulse quality. Each of these attributes tell your acupuncturist more about your wellness. This is also a critical step in diagnosis for prescribing herbal medicine. 

It seems so simple. Your acupuncturist asks to see your tongue and checks your pulse rate, and can make a determination on your well-being, blockages and imbalances in your energy, and potential organ issues. In Japanese style acupuncture we also use the palpitation of reflex points on the body to diagnose your condition. But this practice is not for beginners. 

At Treehouse Acupuncture, pulse diagnosis is just the beginning of your pain relief, increased energy levels, and tissue recovery: 

  • Our perfectly placed needles alert your body to release endorphins and enkephalins, our body’s pain eliminating chemicals. 
  • We can increase blood flow to surrounding tissues to bring in nutrients, oxygen, hormones, and blood flow to speed up the healing process. 
  • Each needle insertion helps stimulate your body’s immune system. 
  • Acupuncture aids in the release of your body’s natural anti-inflammatory compounds that help lesson pain immediately and promote healing. 

Acupuncture is an excellent option for those seeking relief beyond antibiotics and pain medication. From disorders related to menstruation and menopause, digestive issues, immunity weaknesses, depression, and headaches, to chronic pain and a myriad of other ailments, acupuncture is a safe and effective stand-alone treatment that can help you recover and keep you healthy for the long term. 

Schedule your first visit with Dr. Christina Casado today and start your healing journey. We’ll be with you every step of the way.