Acupuncture

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Acupuncture involves the insertion of tiny, sterile needles, which are placed at certain acupuncture points on the body. There are hundreds of points on the body- on the arms, legs, abdomen, ear, head, and face.  Each point has certain effects on the body for treating particular conditions. The needles used in this clinic are only used once and are disposed. These needles are very thin- up to 20 can be placed inside the typical hypodermic needle used by a physician. Therefore, the needles should cause very little or no discomfort. Some individuals feel no sensation; others may feel a dull ache or the sensation of movement in the body near the needle. The needles may be left in for 20 or 30 minutes. In children, they are left in for only a very short period. Once the needles are in place, there is often a feeling of relaxation (many patients even fall asleep during a treatment).

Acupuncture has been used effectively in Asian countries for over two thousand years. Today, as we seek more natural, holistic, complimentary therapy, acupuncture often provides benefit. Recently, acupuncture is being used in more and more hospitals and clinics. Often, individuals find relief from acupuncture which they were unable to achieve from other forms of medicine.
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Acupuncture Research

Research supports that acupuncture stimulation facilitates the release of natural pain killers and healing enzymes within the body. This is why acupuncture can be so beneficial in those with arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and other forms of chronic pain. In addition to helping with physical ailments, acupuncture can also reduce stress, anxiety, depression and other emotional or mental imbalances. Acupuncture is a form of holistic medicine- it treats and balances the entire individual rather than certain symptoms. Instead of diagnosing an individual as having arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome or high blood pressure, the traditional Chinese medical diagnosis used by most acupuncturists will be something more like “blood and Qi stagnation, liver overacting on the stomach, or liver yang rising.” The approach is entirely different than taken by Western medical clinicians, so your condition is seen and treated in a different manner. Since each individual is unique, the treatment is individualized for each particular person and how they are affected by their illness.
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Conditions that may be helped by acupuncture

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds research for acupuncture to investigate the many possibilities of this ancient therapy, which many are finding effective. The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a list of disorders which benefit from acupuncture including (partial list):

  • amenorrhea
  • fibromyalgia
  • anxiety
  • infertility
  • asthma
  • incontinence
  • bronchitis
  • insomnia
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • migraine
  • chronic fatigue
  • osteoarthritis
  • common cold
  • pain (back, knee, sciatic, tennis elbow)
  • colitis
  • premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • constipation
  • sports injuries- bruising, swelling,  pain
  • depression
  • stress
  • diarrhea
  • stroke sequelae
  • facial palsy
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • flu
  • headaches
  • Gastrointestinal disorders such as gastritis, colitis, gastric hyperacidity

Acupuncture Frequently Asked Questions

Can acupuncture spread disease?
Only sterile disposable single-use needles are used in this clinic, to prevent transmission of infectious disease.

Will I feel better right away?
While some patients may feel more relaxed and have some relief right away, most long-term and severe conditions may require several sessions of treatment.

How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments will depend on the individual and the duration and severity of the complaint. Often five to twelve treatments are recommended. Treatments are usually once or twice weekly at first, and then may be extended as the condition improves. Monthly or seasonal preventative treatments are encouraged.

What should I wear to a treatment?
Dress in loose, comfortable clothing, so that legs and arms are accessible. You may be asked to remove your shoes and socks.

What if I am unable to lay down during the treatments?
Treatments can be done in a chair or wheelchair if necessary.