Dr. Stephen Clouthier’s Alternative Health Center of The Woodlands, Texas, provides a unique combination of alternative treatments to help with sports injuries, headaches, sinus issues, fatigue, low back pain, and strengthening the immune system, all of which include the use of acupuncture when needed.
Contrary to popular Western belief, acupuncture is not just a system for inserting very fine needles into specific body locations to alleviate pain. Then, what is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a complete medical protocol focused on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. From its inception in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, as well as improving general health.
Acupuncture was popularized in the United States during the early 70’s after President Nixon opened relations with China. At the time, a New York Times reporter, James Reston, had an appendectomy in a Chinese hospital and used acupuncture as a means to decrease his post-surgical pain.
Today, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Prescription is known to treat as a stand-alone or a complimentary treatment with western medicine. Dr. Clouthier is a USAT Level II Coach Certified and works with athletes ranging from the competitive family to Olympic athletes.The following are the ailments that Dr. Clouthier treatments benefit his patients with acupuncture:
Lower back pain
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) includes the different areas known as Acupuncture, Cupping, Moxabustion, and Chinese Herbal Prescription. TCM is an ancient medical system based on a deep understanding of the laws and patterns of nature and applys them to the human body and Psyche. The intention of TCM is to diagnose and treat illness at the root cause. The goal of the treatments are to keep the body’s meridians and organ systems free flowing and balanced. This flow and balance is imperative for the bodies self-regulating actions to occur. B-cupping Acupuncture utilizes very fine solid needles strategically inserted and manipulated into areas of the body. A treatment protocol is designed after a consultation is completed to determine how to meet your specific needs.
Acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Acupuncture is currently endorsed by the United States National Institute for Health, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).
‘Alternative’ health practices usually refer to ancient techniques, such as Acupuncture, acupressure, Massage, Yoga, Meditation and Reiki. All of these are currently being offered in many hundreds of health care institutions, including hospitals, across the USA as well as Europe and Asia. Dr. Clouthier’s Alternative Health Center offers all these practices, except Yoga.
Because the goal of acupuncture is to promote and restore balance in the energy that flows throughout the body, the benefits of acupuncture can extend to a wide variety of conditions. These conditions range from physical injuries (strained muscles) to emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) and digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome). It can also be helpful in treating neurological problems like migraines or Parkinson’s disease, or as a rehabilitation strategy for sports injuries. Respiratory conditions, including sinusitis and asthma have been relieved with acupuncture. Acupuncture is known for relieving fatigue and promoting overall well-being.