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What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a powerful ancient medicine that can effectively treat a wide variety of conditions. In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, the World Health Organization (WHO) compiled the following list of symptoms and conditions that have shown through various controlled trials to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
Historians have stated, "More people have benefited from acupuncture over the course of 50 centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern."
- Allergies and Skin Conditions
- Allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
- Digestive Disorders
- Acute and chronic gastritis
- Inflamatory bowel disease
- Infertility and Women's Health
- Irregular menses
- Morning sickness
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Pain and Sports Injuries
- Adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
- Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- Low back pain
- Periarthritis of the shoulder
- Postoperative pain
- Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction
- Rheumatoid arthritis
How Does It Work?
From a Traditional Chinese Medicine stand point, we have a system of pathways called meridians that move energy, known as Chi or Qi, through out the body. These meridians become an interconnected web which guide Chi in order to give nourishment to every cell, organs and body tissue. When Chi flows freely and smoothly, the result is health. When there is a blockage along a meridian, an imbalance of Chi occurs which therefore results in pain and disease. Acupuncture works by opening these meridian systems, releasing blockages, and allowing Chi to move freely once again.
Over the past decade, acupuncture has been integrated into western medicine practices and is now offered in hospitals across the country. From a Western science stand point, acupuncture supports our bodies natural healing resources. Our bodies produce a range of natural pain relieving substances such as hormones, endorphins, anti-inflammatory agents, immune system enhancers, and more. Acupuncture helps boost and support these systems, enhancing our natural ability to heal ourselves.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
In general acupuncture needles do not hurt. Some patients will feel nothing while others will feel mild discomfort temporarily. Unlike hypodermic needles which are commonly used at the doctors office, acupuncture needles are flexible, fine, and no thicker than a strand of your hair. During your treatment, you will most likely be surprised not only from the needles mild sensation, but by the relaxing effect the needles produce. It is common for patients to become so relaxed during a treatment that they drift off into a deep state of relaxation or even fall asleep.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
A treatment schedule will be prescribed by your practitioner as the treatment amount and consistency varies case by case. In general, acupuncture works best when you receive multiple treatments close together. Most patients experience improvement over the subsequent 5-6 treatments for acute conditions and 8-10 treatments for chronic conditions.
Please contact our acupuncturist, Emily Klein, directly to set up your initial assessment and treatment. Together, you will go over your goals and health history to come up with the best approach for your condition and needs.
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