Acupuncture

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. It is done by inserting the needles to specific acupuncture points that will regulate the body to its balanced state.

WHAT ARE THE NEEDLES LIKE? DO THEY HURT?

People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted, and some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is typically no feeling of pain, but there may be soreness or tingling, a common sensation known as “De Qi”. As our praactitioner only uses disposable needles, there should be no risk of infection from the treatments.

DOES ACUPUNCTURE REALLY WORK?

Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than by all other health modalities combined. There are lots of studies and published articles documenting effective cures by acupuncture. Acupuncture is widely practiced today. Acupuncture can be done in conjunction with other treatment modalities, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

The Chinese Medicine Theory postulates that all problems occur due to blockage, insufficient, or irregular movement of Qi energy and blood. The needle punctures open up the channels that balances the Qi and regulates its flow. Acupuncture can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances such as enery utilization, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

Modern scientific explains that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system.

The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body's natural healing abilities, and the promotion of physical and emotional well-being.

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT ACUPUNCTURE?

Personalized diagnosis and treatment

Chinese medicine is a holistic in that it seeks to treat the source of illness, not just its symptoms. By combining the information from the patient and the examination, the practitioner will diagnose and create a customized prescription for you.

Healing in Stages

Healing typically occurs in stages in Chinese Medicine. As such, your symptoms may differ between your first visit and your next one. Your personalized treatment may be slightly altered with each healing stage.

Preventative Efforts

In Chinese medicine, prevention is considered to be more important than healing. Prevention is implemented in two ways: preventing worsening of the illness, and strengthening individuals to prevent recurrence.

Holistic Approach

Chinese Medicine sees every person as a whole. Though you may present with a particular symptom, after treatment, other aspects of your life should also improve. Holistic also means that one’s health condition is also related to one’s diet, lifestyle, environment, weather, emotions, etc.

BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE

  • Provides drug-free pain relief
  • Effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic conditions
  • Treats the underlying cause of disease and illness as well as the symptoms
  • Provides a holistic approach to treatment of disease and illness, linking body, mind and emotions
  • Promotes health and well-being
  • Assists in prevention of illness, and maintenance of general well-being

WHAT IS MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE USED FOR?

While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, the World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

  • Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.
  • Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.
  • Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.
  • Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.

Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions.

WHAT DOES SCIENCE SAY ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ACUPUCNTURE?

Results from a number of studies suggest that acupuncture may help ease different forms of chronic pain such as low-back pain, neck pain, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. It also may help reduce the frequency of tension headaches and prevent migraine headaches. Therefore, acupuncture appears to be a reasonable option to consider for people with chronic pain.

HOW MANY SESSIONS AND HOW OFTEN?

The number of treatment sessions needed differs from person to person. For complex or long-standing conditions, one or two treatments a week for several months may be recommended.

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