Our culture is ever-changing and constantly seeking to improve on what has already existed. The fields of science, technology, and medicine are just a few of our rapidly changing bodies of research and discovery. We are also exploring healthier alternatives in our food, our choice of exercise and activity, and natural medicine. One such natural alternative that has been a “buzz word” for some time is acupuncture. For some, the word “acupuncture” may conjure up images of needles and feelings of fear and uncertainty. Consider this your opportunity to lay your fears to rest, and soak up some education on this alternative treatment modality.
Traci Bredenkamp owns and operates “Acupuncture on Main” located in Historic Saint Charles. With a National and State recognized Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Traci is well acquainted with the rich history and long-term benefits of this practice.
The earliest record of acupuncture dates back to 100 BCE in Japan. However, many eastern countries and Europe also began to practice acupuncture at this time. Traci explains that acupuncture is “a form of treatment that involves inserting very thin filiform needles through a person's skin at specific points on the body to various depths to stimulate the nervous system, brain and fascia (connective tissue surrounding the muscles) to heal.” Acupuncture also unblocks energy in the body known as meridians, which connect to the nervous system and can help restore the body. This process is completely pain free but can pack a punch where health benefits are concerned.
Traci shares that the mind-body connection associated with acupuncture aids in various forms of physical and emotional stressors including, but not limited to: “depression, insomnia, musculoskeletal pain, allergies, immunity issues, cancer support, digestive issues, infertility, migraines, digestive issues, IBS, PCOS, sinusitis, tendonitis, and grief.”
In addition, acupuncture treatment can result in “reduced back pain, relief of neck tension, relief of various joint pains in the hands/arms/hips/ankles, relief from headaches, improved immune function, enhanced mental clarity, and increased energy.”
Acupuncture on Main offers additional services such as sound healing, cupping, a percussion massager, and gua sha, which is a light scraping to the surface of the skin to draw up toxins and targets tight areas of the body. Acupuncture on Main is available by appointment at AcupunctureOnMain.com or by phone at 618-207-8869.
Acupuncture also unblocks energy in the body known as meridians, which connect to the nervous system and can help restore the body. This process is completely pain free but can pack a punch where health benefits are concerned.