Acupuncture is used to stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals to improve the body’s own energy and balance, which results in stimulating its natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being.
Acupuncture is often associated with pain control, but it also has much broader benefits. It can be effectively used to support the treatment of other medical and surgical disorders. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea
- Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections
- Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis
- Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems
Acupuncture is particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension and stress and emotional conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
a wide range of disorders effectively, including:
- Headaches & Migraine
- Repetitive Stress Injury, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder
- Pain conditions and musculoskeletal injuries
- GYN – PMS, dysmenorrhea, infertility, morning sickness
- Respiratory Disorders – sinus congestion, allergies, asthma, the common cold
- Digestive Disorders – IBS, constipation, diarrhea, nausea
- Immune System Disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- Weight Loss
- Recovery from addictions to alcohol and/or drugs
- Anxiety, Depression
- Sleep Disorders
- Fatigue, CFS, Fibromyalgia
- Sexual Dysfunction – impotence, low libido
Acupuncture is safe to use in most cases with other therapies like chiropractic adjustments,
osteopathic manipulations, and massages. Acupuncture can also be used with most
medications. It is very important that your physician is informed of everything you are doing to
get the best results from all of your treatments.
With needle insertion the patient can feel a slight pressure but the sensation should disappear quickly. The needle can be removed at any time if there is discomfort. Throughout the treatment the patient should feel relaxed and comfortable.
Every person is unique which allows for a difference in the number of treatments needed. If the issue is acute or short term then it may take fewer sessions to solve it. In cases of long term or chronic cases, more treatments will be necessary to create a positive response to the body.
Acupuncture needles are solid, very thin, and made of surgical steel. They are described as a cat’s whisker because of their flexibility and tensile nature. All needles are only used once, sterile in package, and disposable.
You should dress in loose comfortable clothing, which allows access to the arms and legs. Many acupuncture points are found along the forearms and lower legs.
Side effects are not common with acupuncture. Sometimes patients might report sleepiness, change in mood, or increase in focus.