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  • Emily Corley

What Can Acupuncture Help?

Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine – it can help any condition. I believe it is the most comprehensive system of non-emergency medicine practiced anywhere today.

Many people come to treatment for help with a specific symptom or condition. I have treated people with:

asthma, excema, and allergies auto immune disorders such as Lyme’s, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, adrenal failure, etc. osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions of inflammation cancers anxiety and depression, mental and emotional distress high blood pressure and heart conditions preganancy, childbirth, infertility, menstrual and menopausal problems headaches and migraines sciatica and back pain originating on the physical and mental levels and much more.

People come who are sick, chronically sick, or just don’t feel well. Many people come from experiences of shock and/or trauma, both physical and emotional, for which treatment is enormously helpful. I often know within a few treatments whether and to what degree acupuncture will be helpful for you.

In the West, acupuncture has been publicized as only being helpful in specific conditions, for example, pain or addiction. The effect of good acupuncture, however, is to do more than simply cure the symptom. Acupuncture directed at restoring the overall energy balance will deal with the condition and also help the patient feel better in a general way. Frequently patients experience increased energy and vitality, greater enjoyment of life, greater confidence, better sleep and more normal appetite. This approach, where the whole person as well as the symptom is taken into consideration, is the goal of treatment.

Diagnosing and treating the person - and not simply the disease - is particularly appropriate in two additional cases. Some people do not feel well in themselves but do not have sufficiently serious or ‘physical’ complaints. Many patients also come to acupuncture for preventative treatment. I have been seeing some patients here in the Burlington area regularly for more than 20 years on a preventative and continual care basis.

I see people of all ages, from babies to people at the end of life. I often treat several members of the same family providing a ‘family health’ perspective.

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