What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, one of the main forms of therapy in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been practiced for at least 2,500 years. In acupuncture, certain points on the body associated with energy channels or “meridians” are stimulated by the insertion of super fine needles, that range from 0.12mm to 0.30mm (compared to a normal hypodermic needle at 29mm, acupuncture needles are barely felt if at all). The points can be needled between 15 and 90 degrees relative to the skin’s surface, depending on treatment.

Acupuncture restores health by removing energy imbalances and blockages in the body. Practitioners of TCM believe that there is a vital force or energy called qi (pronounced “chee”) that flows through the body, between the skin surface and the internal organs, and along channels or pathways called meridians. There are 12 major and 8 minor meridians. Qi regulates the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical harmony of the body by keeping the forces of yin and yang in balance. Yang is a principle of heat, activity, brightness, outwardness, while yin represents coldness, passivity, darkness, interiority, etc. TCM does not try to eliminate either yin or yang, but to keep them in harmonious balance. Acupuncture may be used to raise or lower the level of yin or yang in a specific part of the body in order to restore the energy balance.

The overall experience for those receiving acupuncture treatments can vary greatly. Most report feeling very relaxed during the treatment and many fall asleep. Some find the treatments to be very invigorating and energizing. Almost all report decreased stress and improved well-being. Interestingly, it is rare that a patient reports overall discomfort or pain associated with the treatments, even if they went in with a good deal of concern or fear over the idea of needling. Whatever the case, it is worth looking into further if you are interested in this ancient form of healing. Call or email today for a free informational consult with one of our acupuncturists.

Carey Velenchenko, Acupuncturist, Master of Oriental Medicine (Minnetonka)

Carey Velenchenko is Sunu’s Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, practicing Acupuncture, Cupping, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She has had 15 years of experience treating clients in a wide variety of settings including: private practice, total wellness, and adolescent and adult residential programming for the treatment of eating disorders. Carey’s experience has given her the necessary tools and wisdom to treat a wide variety of conditions and symptoms including but not limited to depression, anxiety, digestive issues, pain and injuries, menstrual irregularities, fertility, auto-immune disorders, headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and menopausal discomfort.

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What is Chiropractic Acupuncture?

Chiropractic acupuncture is the art, science and philosophy of treating disease and injury by stimulating specific energy modulating points on the skin and is an approved specialty within the chiropractic profession. Methods of stimulation include, but are not limited to: needle insertion, electrical stimulation, light, heat and pressure. Chiropractic acupuncture treats a wide variety of health conditions which includes all systems and tissues of the body and focuses special attention to the relationship between the spine, nervous system and the meridian system. Chiropractic acupuncture is inclusive of all diagnostic and therapeutic principles and procedures taught in acupuncture programs sponsored by CCE accredited colleges, chiropractic state associations and post-graduate certified instructors.

For patients who want to experience the best of what both a chiropractor and the acupuncturist offer, chiropractic acupuncture combines these two fields beautifully. Chiropractic Acupuncturists focus on the body’s energy pathways or meridians in relation to the spinal and nervous systems to alleviate pain and achieve more effective results.

Dr. Tiffany Egan, Chiropractor, Acupuncturist (Linden Hills)

Dr. Tiffany Egan, Chiropractor, AcupuncturistDr. Tiffany Egan is Sunu’s Chiropractic Acupuncturist, combining both fields to realign energy pathways and restore energy and vitality. It is Tiffany’s mission to provide an alternative, holistic approach to overall health and well–being. She understands how good health helps enable people to achieve the most in their everyday life. Dr. Tiffany’s philosophy is to diagnose and treat underlying cause for her patient’s discomfort, not just their symptoms. She welcomes people from all walks of life. Whether you are just a few days old or 90 years old, an Olympian or weekend warrior, a mother of 5 or a stressed out student, Dr. Tiffany is excited to help you reach your optimal health and wellness goals through natural means.

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