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Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used forms of natural, traditional medicine in the world—dating back 5000 years. It is based on the ancient Chinese theory of the flow of Qi (Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover and fill the body, somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. Healthy, open meridians where energy and blood can flow freely are essential for optimal health. Acupuncture works to treat the whole patient and the root of a problem.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture needles are inserted into the body at specific points along acupuncture "meridians," or pathways, which stimulates the body’s healing energy or qi. The body has approximately one thousand acupuncture points. Electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations. Neurophysiologist Bruce Pomeranz at the University of Toronto suggests that the needles trigger the nervous system, releasing painkilling and inflammation-reducing substances. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient, and away from areas where it is in excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores a harmonious energetic balance in the body. In Chinese there is a saying, "There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow."
What problems can be treated by acupuncture?
On November 5, 1997, a panel convened by the National Institute of Health (NIH) concluded that there is clear evidence that acupuncture needle treatment is effective for nausea and vomiting from postoperative conditions as well as chemotherapy, morning sickness, and postoperative dental pain. The 12-member panel also concluded in their consensus statement that there are a number of other pain-related conditions for which acupuncture may be effective. These conditions include but are not limited to fibromyalgia, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma.
In our clinic, acupuncture has been very effective for many illnesses, such as:
• Neck Pain
• Shoulder Pain
• Tennis Elbow
• Carpal Tunnel
• Acute/Chronic Pain
• Foot Pain
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Stress Disorders
• Bell's Palsy
• High Blood Pressure
• Infertility (male/female)
• Menstrual Pain
• Common Cold
• Assist Cancer Therapies
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments depends upon the severity and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment or a series of six to fifteen treatments depending on the chronicity of your issue. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time as well as lifestyle and dietary changes.
What Types Of Needles Are Used?
This clinic uses only sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needs. The needles come in various sizes. Depending upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, and the patient's size, age, and constitution, needles can be inserted from 1/4 to 3 inches in depth. We also perform Electro-acupuncture which is when a small device is attached to the inserted needles and puts out a tiny current. This current runs through the needles and increases the efficacy of the treatment. It feels like a light pulse and it is not painful or uncomfortable.
How Does Acupuncture Feel?
At the time the needles is inserted, one may feel soreness or slight pain, some patients describe it as an "ant sting" but it goes away almost instantly. While the needles remain inserted for approximately 20 minutes, the needles should not cause any pain or discomfort.