Dr. Andrea Mangi moved her practice, MANGI Chiropractic & Acupuncture to East Alton. In addition to being a Chiropractor, she also offers Acupuncture to further help her patients to reach their health goals! Put your health on pins and needles.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 5,000 years, and is the basis of Chinese Medicine. It is believed that all things, both living and not, are made up of and express a vital energy called "qi" (pronounced "chee"). In living beings, the qi travels throughout the body via invisible energy lines, known as meridians, and each energy meridian is associated with a different organ within the body. When these energy meridians experience disturbances in the flow of qi, the body can express this as disease. Acupuncturists insert needles into specific points along these meridians to encourage and restore balance to the flow of qi. The restoration of this energy flow allows the muscles of the body to disperse the toxins that have built up, which cause stiffness and stagnation of blood throughout the body. It is this toxin build up and stiffness that can create abnormal pressure on the nervous system, lymphatic system, and blood vessels, which in turn negatively affect the functions of the organ systems of the body. Through Acupuncture, the body is allowed to express its natural healing abilities and promotes spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being.
What can acupuncture do for me?
The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture of a wide range of medical problems including:
Digestive Disorders: Gastritis, Hyperacidity, Constipation, Diarrhea, Respiratory Disorders: Sinus Problems, Asthma Bronchitis, Sore Throat, Neurological and Muscular Disorders: Headaches, Neck Pain, Low Back Pain, Osteoarthritis, Tendonitis, Sciatic Nerve. Acupuncture is very useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress, anxiety, and emotional conditions.
What are the needles like? Do they hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. Most people feel no pain at all.
Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude always produces a more positive effect.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. For complex or long standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usually fewer visits are required for health.
Needleless Acupuncture Available!