What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture, with a history of 2500 years, has been recognized to help treat medical problems, prevent diseases, promote individual's health, and maintain well-being.
According to Eastern medical theory, the human body has internal pathways, named meridians or channels, through which vital energy (Qi) of the individual flows. When there is excess, deficiency or obstruction of this energy flow, the body experiences pain or dysfunction.
Acupuncture, one of the most widely practiced treatments, follows the eastern medical theory. Acupuncture restores the balance of energy flow through inserting fine needles directly into the specific points of the meridians that will be different depending on the symptoms to be treated. This subtle yet profound intervention not only treats symptoms, but also often results in clients experiencing renewed energy.
Acupuncture can treat many chronic and acute medical conditions by itself, and accompaniment with western medication is often synergetic in effects.
What Conditions can Acupuncture Treat?
World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture to have a positive effect in treating over 43 common disorders, including, but not limited to:
Acute and chronic pain
Musculoskeletal disorders: back, neck, shoulder, knee ankle sprains, and all join pain
Neurological disorders: headache, migraine, post stroke symptoms, trigeminal neuralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, and neuropathy
Gastrointestinal disorders: constipation/diarrhea, indigestion, IBD, hemorrhoids
Respiratory disorders: common cold, sinusitis, seasonal allergies, bronchitis, asthma, rhinitis
Gynecological disorders: PMS, irregular menstruation, fertility enhancement, menopause syndrome
Cardiovascular: circulatory problems, hypertention
Emotional disorders: depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia
Cosmetic: reducing wrinkles, firming skin, improving skin tone and fine lines
How Does Acupuncture Work in Western Medical Perspective?
When a patient visits the clinic, after the patient's medical history is discussed, including current medical issues the patient might be having, general physical examinations are made with focus on the symptoms in concern.
Once a diagnosis is made, sterilized disposable fine needles will be inserted into appropriate points of the meridians, and remain inserted about 20 minutes.
The client may experience light pinching sensation when the needles are being inserted. Electric stimulator, cupping or moxibustion might be used along with acupuncture for synergetic effects.
The initial visit takes about an hour and follow up visits take about 45 minutes to an hour. Different treatment plans can be made for patients with less available time.
Clinical studies document the benefits of acupuncture, but Western medicine is yet to fully explain how acupuncture works. it is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects by moderating the nervous system, aiding the activites of biochemical substances such as endorphins, neurotransmitters and enhancing immune system as well as self-regulating system.
The Course of Treatment
The Course of Treatment
Is Acupuncture Safe?
In general, acupunture is a safe treatment when executed by a licensed acupuncturist. There is little risk of infection. Our clinic uses sterilized disposible needles.