In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and
Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, The World Health
Organization states that hundreds of different diseases, syndromes, pathologies
and traumas are proven to be effectively treated by acupuncture.
The ancient Chinese physicians believed strongly
that "a superior healer is one who treats a disease before it shows
symptoms, while an inferior one treats a disease only after it has manifested
pain or discomfort," (Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor, 100 B.C.). They
proposed that prevention should be our primary focus for health rather than the
treatment of a disease. Acupuncture was first developed and used as a
preventative form of treatment.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest treatment procedures in
the world, dating back over 2,000 years. It refers to a particular treatment
method of inserting and manipulating very fine filiform needles at specific
points on the body believed to be "acupuncture points" that can
relieve pain when allowed to release vital energy.
During the past few decades, acupuncture has
gained tremendous popularity in Western cultures, and has become accepted as a
common alternative or complementary therapy method. There are many different kinds
of acupuncture, with differing philosophical backgrounds and techniques.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese
theory of Qi (energy) which flows through channels or meridian pathways running
through our body. Channels are like superhighways of energy. When the body is
in balance, the Qi travels smoothly through the channels in a specific
direction or flow pattern.
But sometimes when the Qi is out of balance, it
will stagnate or gather in particular points along the super highway. These are
the points where we place the needles to move, disperse or re-route the Qi thus
restoring balance. It also induces the release of endorphins in the body,
relieving an individual from pain.
What does Acupuncture feel like?
The needles that are used for acupuncture are
hair-thin, and most people that receive this treatment report no pain or very
minimal pain from the needles.
After the needle is inserted, you may notice a
sensation of tingling, heaviness or the movement of energy along the channel
pathway. Our patients often report feeling relaxed after their treatment.
Is it safe? only uses acupuncture needles that are sterile,
disposable, and not ever re-used for another patient.
Acupuncture is a safe procedure when the
treatment is administered by a qualified professional who is recognized by the
state professional associations All practitioners are fully qualified
What should I expect during an Acupuncture
Typically, a person
receiving acupuncture for the first time will be asked to provide a fairly
extensive health history, including the condition you are seeking treatment
for, and any lifestyle or behavioral patterns.
Once you are ready, you will be lying down in a
relaxed position. The fine needles will be inserted into the various
acupuncture points and will remain there for varying time periods.
The initial insertion may make the patient feel
pricked or stung. However, the treatment should be relatively painless and
comfortable for the duration that could extend to an hour or more.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment plans are based on each patient's
individual needs, depth and duration of disease.the experienced practitioners
will give you a prognosis and treatment plan at your first visit. Our goal is
to help you feel better as soon as possible.
What are the common conditions Acupuncture is
A better question to ask
is, "What are the conditions that acupuncture cannot treat?"
Acupuncture is recognized as a very safe method of encouraging the body to
promote its own natural healing and improve overall function. Some commonly treated conditions include: -~
The common cold and flu~ Addictions (smoking, alcohol)~ Weight loss~
Infertility~ Asthma~ Carpal tunnel syndrome~ Women's health issues such as
fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, morning sickness,~ Headaches/migraines~ Pain
such as back pain, post operative pain, tennis elbow~ Stroke rehabilitation,~
Acne~ Allergies~ Anxiety~ High blood pressure~ Arthritis~ Impotence~
Sinusitis~ Arthritis~ Dermatology issues
What are the benefits to
Being a holistic approach, acupuncture treats the whole body
during treatment of a specific condition.
Clinical trials have shown acupuncture to be
beneficial, particularly in the treatment of pain, but the field of research is
growing to include positive results for respiratory disorders, addiction, and
weight loss as well.
Using acupuncture to quit smoking or acupuncture
for weight loss may help strengthen the immune system, reduce anxiety, and
provide more strength to continue the process necessary to make those big life
changes.Because of the very minimal side effects of acupuncture, and the
positive reports from so many patients, it should be considered as an
alternative or complementary treatment for many disorders.
What are the possible side effects of
Acupuncture?There are usually no
side effects to acupuncture when it is performed properly. Some people report
feeling a very brief stinging sensation, others report a dull ache around the
needle site. Most of our patients report feeling nothing during the sessions.
Following acupuncture for treatment of some
conditions, patients may report a slight worsening of symptoms briefly before
they begin to feel better. Also, brief changes in sleeping or eating patterns
have been experienced. It is felt that these symptoms occur because the blocked
Qi has been released and is flowing out, healing the body. These symptoms
indicate that acupuncture is starting to work.
Most patients report an
intense feeling of relaxation, and even occasionally a mild disorientation
following acupuncture treatments. These effects are expected to wear off over
the next 24-48 hours.