Acupuncture

Acupuncture

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About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion and stimulation of slender needles at known points on the body to clear and balance meridian or organ-level energetic imbalances (pain or disease).

 

The best evidence shows that acupuncture and herbal medicine originated in Europe in the late Stone Age. The Iceman of Otzi, a hunter, was found freeze-dried on a glacier in the Austrian Alps in 1991. He carried herbs (to treat intestinal parasites) in a leather pouch and had acupuncture points tattooed on this legs and back—located in the exact same places that we still find those points today. His body was carbon-dated back to 5,200 years ago.

 

Chinese Medicine, a system of health care used extensively by one quarter of the world’s population, has been in continuous practice for over 3,000 years in China. It has evolved into an extremely elegant and effective means of treating internal disease and musculo-skeletal pain, and is based on each human body being a microcosm of the energy observed interacting in the outside world, as perceived and refined by hundreds of generations of Chinese medical practitioners.

 

Acupuncture Styles

Dr. Danchak is trained in Kotatama Japanese Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, and Tung-style Taiwanese Acupuncture.

 

Kotatama Japanese Acupuncture reflects a gentle view of energy, and features a very gentle needle technique using the finest, very slippery Japanese needles. The patient feels very little Qi (pronounced “chee”) or sensation at the needle point, but will feel energy moving throughout the treatment.

 

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture features a bi-lateral approach to needling (with stickier Chinese needles) and a more pronounced Qi sensation (a dull ache at the insertion point).

 

 

Acupuncture Treatment - South Reno

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Acupuncture Treatment - South Reno

 

Tung-style Taiwanese Acupuncture uses a different set of points, most of which are located on the distal parts of the limbs (hands and feet). The needle technique can be much stronger—but Dr. Danchak will never go beyond your comfort level in eliciting the Qi response. There is no need to. Because all three needling techniques work.

 

Your preferences and your response to treatment will determine which methods will be used. Most people fall asleep during treatment, which lasts about 45 minutes.