Acupuncture is based on the theory of channels of energy running through your body. The Chinese feel that the channels of energy, also known as meridians are similiar to what we have defined in western medicine as the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the vscular system, etc. The meridan system is a complete system of energy flowing through the body. The body is composed of fourteen pairs of meridians, (twelve regular meridian channels) balanced on each side of the body. The Chinese call this energy that flows through the meridians QI (pronounced chi). When the merdians are not in balance it alters the QI of the body. Each one of the meridians have a certain number of acupuncture points, a total of 361 charted points and a number of extra or special points. When we balance the energy through these acupuncture points this helps to reduce the problem and return the body to a healthier and balanced state.
|NEEDLE ACUPUNCTURETraditional needle acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points which have been empirically proven effective in the treatment of specific disorders. This painless method of acupuncture is the most common method of stimulating or sedating acupuncture points. A sterile disposable acupuncture needle is inserted into the acupuncture point. It is left in the point anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the condition treating.
|ELECTRIC ACUPUNCTUREElectric acupuncture is another technique to balance the acupuncture point. The doctor will use an electric impulse either attached to an acupuncture needle or by itself to stimulate or sedate the point.
|LASER ACUPUNCTURELaser acupuncture utilizes an infrared light to stimulate the point. Each point is stimulated with the laser for a few seconds.
|ACUPRESSUREAcupressure is a non-invasive technique. This technique uses finger pressure to stimulate specific acupuncture points. The pressure is applied to an acupuncture point and is held anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the condition.
|AURICULAR THERAPYAuricular therapy utilizes points on the ear to balance the energy. Each point on the ear correlates to a particulr area of the body. The points can be stimulated with many different techniques. The doctors here use needles, tacks and pellets to stimulate corresponding points. The time of treatment depends on the method of stimulation. Needles can be left in the ear for 5 to 20 minutes. Tacks and pellets can be placed in the ear for up to a week.
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Dr. Robert Macchione
1900 South Mannheim Rd. Westchester, Il 60154