What Is Acupuncture?
Hello, I am Corry Meyers, acupuncturist at Integrated Counseling Wellness. If you’ve landed on this page, perhaps you have tried western treatments and medication without success, or you’re interested in learning more about natural, holistic medicines. Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that entails stimulating points on the body, often by penetrating the skin with a needle as fine as a strand of hair, to alleviate pain and treat a variety of ailments. It has been practiced for over 2,000 years, and numerous studies suggest that acupuncture can help alleviate chronic pain, including back, neck and joint pain. It can also help reduce the frequency of tension headaches, prevent migraine headaches, reduce hot flashes during menopause, address addictive behaviors and mitigate symptoms often associated with PTSD, depression and anxiety. Theoretically, acupuncture can treat any ailment. The World Health Organization approves the treatment of acupuncture for hundreds of different conditions.
The theory of acupuncture is based on Qi (pronounced chee), the vital force or energy that flows throughout the human body, much like the circulatory systems and mayo facial tissue. Qi, and other descriptive words unique to this field of medicine, are metaphorical descriptions of different aspects of complex physiological systems and processes. Unlike western medicine, Chinese medicine doesn’t necessarily treat biomedical termed diseases. Rather, it addresses patterns of physiological dysfunction and disharmony of systems. Through this model, Chinese medicine not only treats the symptoms of your disease, but also the root cause.
Disruptions in Qi can be caused by many factors, such as poor nutrition or improper diet, organ malfunction, infection, mental/emotional distress, etc. However, the body is simply amazing and innately knows what it needs to heal and recover. When you come down with an illness, the body alerting you of a malfunction. When the body presents symptoms and patterns, it is explaining what areas need to be addressed in order to regain function.
As a Licensed Acupuncturist, I am trained to listen to the messages your body is presenting and restore harmony to the systems. By stimulating parts of the body, it’s possible for acupuncture to restore overall functioning to your mind and body.
Because each patient’s health issues are uniquely experienced, acupuncture treatment is tailored to each client’s specialized needs. During your initial appointment, I will ask about the problems you’re experiencing, as well as your entire
health history. Through a variety of personalized assessment tools, I will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition.
When we begin acupuncture treatment, you will lie comfortably on the soft table while I stimulate the various acupuncture points to produce desired effects. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as I gently place the fine needles on important points. During and after treatment, people tend to report feeling very relaxed.
Chinese medicine views the body as one emotional, physical and spiritual whole, and acupuncture improves the body’s functions while promoting its natural self-healing processes. By acutely addressing and healing areas of imbalance, you can restore overall balance to your entire being. As we work together, I will tailor the wisdom of Chinese medicine to fit your unique system. For example, I may prescribe herbs as well as correct lifestyle choices that are impacting your health, down to the foods you eat. The types of grain and meat you consume can be specialized to what your body needs. I have helped numerous individuals heal from a variety of imbalances, including gastrological issues, pain conditions, edemas, post-op recovery, parasites, addictions and more.
Acupuncture is viable alternative to western medicine, but can also be complimentary to western medicine practices. Whatever condition you may be suffering from, I am available to work collaboratively with other health providers to help you improve self-awareness, make better self-care choices and attain natural remedies that promote good overall health.
The body knows what it needs to get better, so acupuncture simply uses the body’s own physiological functions to heal itself. As a Board Certified NCCAOM Acupuncturist and Herbalist, I am trained to listen to the language of your body and help you achieve the relief, growth and healing you want and need. It is possible to restore your system back to harmony.
I came to acupuncture as a last resort treatment for my struggle with bipolar disorder. By 2011, I had tried everything, and my psychiatrist said there was nothing else he could do for me. At the time, I thought Chinese Medicine was quackery, but I had nowhere else to turn and decided to give it a try. After the first session, I noticed my symptoms beginning to decrease. I felt better and better with each proceeding session. After sixth months of treatment, I was able to get my life together and return to school. Because acupuncture helped me heal and fully live my life, I decided to pursue studies in Chinese medicine so that I could help others do the same. I graduated with a masters in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the top program in the country. Now, I manage my bipolar disorder through diet and meditation alone. I know, both professionally and personally, the power of this work to promote long-term healing and relief. With the guidance of an experienced acupuncturist, you can learn more about your body and attain the information and treatment you need to live a happy and healthy life.
Schedule An Appointment
If you’re interested in acupuncture treatment or would like to learn more about acupuncture benefits or the Integrated Counseling Wellness facility or staff in Rexburg, Idaho, please call 208-357-3104 for a free 15-minute consultation.
Corry Meyers is an acupuncturist and herbalist at Integrated Wellness Counseling in Rexburg, ID. He holds masters of acupuncture and oriental medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and a Qi Gong Teaching Certificate from the Ling Gui International Healing Qi Gong School. He is licensed acupuncture practitioner in the state of Idaho and is NCCAOM board certified in acupuncture and herbalism. He has extensive knowledge and experience in tailoring and prescribing individual Chinese herbs and herbal formulas. He is available to collaborate with your doctor, family and other communities, and offers individual and group acupuncture treatment sessions.