Since its origin in China more than 3,000 years ago, acupuncture has evolved into a sophisticated medical treatment. Today. acupuncture combines ancient Chinese principles with western technology and modern medical knowledge.
Acupuncture is based on theories of energy flow. The human body is a delicate interplay of biochemical rhythms. When one of these rhythms is interrupted, a medical problem results. Acupuncture seeks to restore the natural flow of energy and rhythmic order. This is accomplished by stimulating appropriate reflex points with disposable sterilized needles, which cause the desired biochemical reaction in the corresponding organ or area of the body.
An ancient form of healing which originated in the Orient, acupuncture is based on the idea that health is determined by a balance of qi or the body's energy flow. The theory of acupuncture is that qi circulates through the body along 12 major conduits or meridians. Each meridian is connected to particular internal organs and systems. The use of thin needles directs and rechannels energy. The needles are believed to stimulate nerve cells to release endorphins, pain-relieving substances in the body.
Research has shown that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many internal disorders. More and more American physicians are turning to acupuncture as a natural alternative to surgery and harsh drugs. Physicians are especially enthusiastic about acupuncture as a treatment for chronic illness. Many patients who believe they will live with pain. addiction, or disability for the rest of their lives find welcome relief with acupuncture.
What Can I Expect?
Only disposable sterilized needles are used in acupuncture care. After one use, they are thrown away. There is no injection of any substance, nor withdrawal of any body fluids. There is absolutely no risk of transmitting a virus or disease.
Acupuncture needles are inserted under the most sanitary clinical conditions. These thin needles do not cause pain; however, the patient may feel a slight pinch, like a mosquito bite, when they are first inserted. The needles remain in place for 15-30 minutes while the patient relaxes.
The only side-effect of acupuncture is a wonderful feeling of lightness and well-being. Most patients remark that they feel better emotionally as well as physically. For certain conditions, the acupuncturist may recommend other treatments in addition to or instead of acupuncture. These include the following:
- Chinese Herbal Formulas
Can Acupuncture Help Me Quit Smoking?
Acupuncture has an extremely high success rate for helping people quit smoking. It ends the desire for smoking and relieves the withdrawal symptoms of cravings, nervousness, and depression. Most patients stop smoking after one treatment. For severe addictions, one or two reinforcement treatments are recommended.
How Effective is Acupuncture for Relieving Pain?
Acupuncture is so effective for pain control that it has been used as analgesia for major surgeries and dental extractions. Acupuncture provides relief from migraine headaches, arthritis, bursitis, sciatica, back pain, sports injuries, whiplash injuries, trigeminal neuralgia, and neck and shoulder pain.
Can Acupuncture Reduce Stress and Insomnia?
As the body reacts to changes in life, the result is often a natural imbalance that can lead to anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and a wide range of physical problems. Acupuncture can correct the imbalance to restore mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Treatment will leave you feeling refreshed, self confident, and able to get a good night's sleep.
What Other Disorders Are Treated With Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has successfully been used to treat a wide range of disorders, including asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, facial palsy, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, neuralgic deafness, and acute and chronic gastritis. It has been successfully used for weight control.
Conditions Treated with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Immune System Deficiency
Ringing in Ears (Tinnitus)
Disposable Sterilized Needles