What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the human body to promote natural healing from within. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles into specific points located on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
Acupuncture was first developed over 2000 years ago in China. It gained notoriety in the United States back in the early 1970's during President Nixon's trip to China, when an aid of his was treated with acupuncture. Over the years the Chinese have mapped out areas of designated electrical sensitivity that have been shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems.
This office utilizes chiropractic, acupuncture, and specifically designed clinical nutrition to treat patients that have tried conventional medicine with little or no results, the side effects of medication are too severe, long term use of medications is not advisable or they are a poor candidate for surgery.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Typically during the needling process, the patient experiences no sensation. Sometimes a heaviness or aching feeling may be felt at the acupuncture point. Many patients find the needling process relaxing and may even fall asleep while undergoing therapy.
What do I need to wear for an Acupuncture treatment?
I recommend that patients wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Clothes that allow access to the elbows and knees are best such as gym shorts and t-shirts. Please avoid smoking, overeating (or not eating at all), and excessively exercising before your acupuncture treatment.
Will Acupuncture interfere with my regular medications?
NO. Acupuncture is safe and will not interfere with any treatment medications your medical doctor has prescribed for you. We often find that acupuncture will lead to a quicker recovery period when used in conjunction with conventional or Western medications but again acupuncture is a viable stand alone treatment modality.
How many Acupuncture treatments will I need?
As in most treatment procedures, it will depend on the person, the nature of the disorder, and the length of time the condition has been present. Some acute conditions can be helped with just a few treatments while others such as chronic, lifelong conditions can take at least 10-15 treatments. I often find that around the sixth treatment, we begin to notice some desired effect.
Can Acupuncture Treat Disease?
Actually, yes it can! Acupuncture is mostly known in this country as treating chronic pain (which it does wonderfully), cessation of cigarette smoking, and drug detoxification but acupuncture can treat much more. The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has published a document that acupuncture can be recommended in the treatment of over 40 documented commonly known health conditions. Conditions such as neurologic, orthopedic, gastrointestinal, ocular, bronchopulmonary, and respiratory disorders may be addressed using acupuncture. Below are list of some disorders that can treated by acupuncture but for a full list please visit the World Health Organization website, www.who.int.
Conditions such as but not limited to:
- Chronic Gastritis
- Allergic Rhinitis
- Bell's Palsy
- Bronchial Asthma
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Post-herpetic neuralgia
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- And many others…..
How many needles will be used during my treatment?
The number of needles used during treatment varies by condition and severity thereof. This office also utilizes auricular (ear) acupuncture for some conditions. Ear points are often times utilized in conjunction with body acupuncture points.
Are the needles that are used during treatment being reused?
Absolutely, Not! We use only sterile, single-use disposable needles as required by state law. All used needles and those that are left over in an open package are appropriately discarded at the end of each treatment. We take every precaution to prevent the spread of blood-bourne illness.