What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the modalities of Oriental medicine. Although what is called acupuncture in the West comprises several different therapies (such as moxibustion and cupping), mostly it consists of the insertion of fine needle into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of 2,000 years, and there are more that 1,000 known acupoints. In the past three decades, electromagnet research has confirmed the existence and location of these points.
What can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical problems.
- Ear, Nose & Throat Disorders - Toothaches, earaches, sinusitis, rhinitis, laryngitis.
- Respiratory Disorders - Colds & Flus, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, emphysema, COPD
- Gastrointestinal Disorders - IBS, food allergies, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, colitis, GERD
- Circulatory Disorders - Hypertension, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris
- Urogential Disorders - Cystitis, incontinence, neurogenic bladder, UTI's, prostatitis, prostatic hypertrophy
- Gynecological Disorders - Menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, PMS, infertility, menopausal syndrome
- Musculoskeletal Disorders - Tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, TMJ, sciatica, low back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia,
- Neurological Disorders - Post-stroke recovery, dizziness, tinnitus, headaches
- Emotional and Psychological Disorders - Depression, anxiety, stress, fatigue
- Addiction - stop drug and alcohol related issues
- Insomnia - Improve the quality of your sleep and improve energy, focus, drive and well-being.
- Smoking Cessation - Quit smoking without the constant urges, mood swings, and food cravings.
- Weight Loss - Use as an adjunct to diet and exercise, help get over the plateau period, boost your energy.
- Facial Rejuvination - Remove years of aging, disease wrinkle length and depth, look vibrant, healthy and youthful.
How does Acupuncture work?
Modern Western medicine cannot yet explain how acupuncture works. Traditional Asian acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of qi (a fine, essential substance which nourishes and constructs the body) through distinct channels that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels. According to this theory, acupuncture adjusts the flow of qi in the body, leading it to areas where it is insufficient and draining it from areas where it is stuck and/or superabundant. In this way, acupuncture restores the harmonious balance of the body and its parts. In Chinese, there is a saying, "if there is pain, there is no free flow; if there is free flow, there is no pain." Acupuncture promotes and reestablishes the free flow of qi.
How many treatments do we need?
This depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your concern. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of 5-10 treatments may resolve many chronic conditions. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.
How safe is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is extremely safe. It is an all-natural and drug-free therapy. All licensed acupuncturists today use individually packaged, sterile, disposable, single-use needles so there is virtually no chance of infection or contagion.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture needles are typically not much thicker than a hair, and their insertion is practically painless. In some cases, you will not even know the needle are in place. In others, there may be some tingling, warmth, heaviness, or a feeling of the qi moving up and the down the channels. Most people find acupuncture extremely relaxing, and many fall asleep during treatment.