What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can help with a long list of both conditions and symptoms as well as provide preventive and ongoing care. Below is a partial list of just some items that acupuncture can help to treat:

Neurological disorders
Disc problems
Facial palsy (early stages within three to six months)
Chronic Headaches
Musculoskeletal disorders
Back pain
Carpal tunnel
Frozen shoulder
Knee pain
Localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains
Tendonitis, Contractures, Muscle pain
Swelling, Stiffness and Weakness
Neck pain
Shoulder pain
Sports-related Injuries
Respiratory System disorders
Acute Sinusitis
Acute Bronchitis
Common Cold and Flu

Gastrointestinal disorders
Acute and Chronic Colitis
Crohn’s Disease
Digestive improvement
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Gynecological disorders
Dysmenorrhea (Painful periods)
Painful Intercourse
Low Libido
Recurrent Bladder or Yeast Infections
Heavy Periods
Menopause/Hot Flashes/Night sweats
Psychological Disorders

What does a typical acupuncture session entail?

The first acupuncture session lasts one and a half to two hours. It begins withacupuncture_needle an in-depth interview and assessment including the palpation of the radial pulses and viewing of the tongue. Acupuncture is administered after the interview during the first session and may include: heat therapy, tui-na (Chinese massage), and herbal recommendations. Subsequent sessions last one hour and may also include the therapies mentioned above.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Some patients feel a slight pinch at the initial insertion of the acupuncture needle. This fades very quickly and gives rise to the unique sensations felt during acupuncture. Some patients are not aware that the needle has been inserted at all. Most patients are able to relax or nap during treatments.

Can acupuncture help patients undergoing chemotherapy?

Yes, acupuncture has benefited many people that are undergoing chemotherapy. While chemotherapy attacks cancer cells, it also interferes with the normal functions of the body. Acupuncture and tui na (acupressure) can benefit those patients experiencing:

  • Fatigue
  • Low appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sleeplessness
  • Anxiety
  • Hot flashes
  • Aches and pains
How many treatments will I need?

The quantity and course of acupuncture treatments is dependent upon the particular condition being treated, the length of time you have had the condition and the severity of the condition. You can expect to have a minimum course of 6-8 weekly acupuncture treatments during which you are encouraged to be active in asking questions about your progress. For a fluid unfolding of your healing process, you are encouraged to abide by any recommended lifestyle changes or implementations.

What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese medicine is the umbrella term used to describe all of the therapies used in this Asian form of health care. These therapies include:cupping

  • Acupuncture
  • Chinese herbs
  • Tui na
  • Heat therapy
  • Moxabustion
  • Cupping
  • Electro-acupuncture

Chinese medicine is fundamentally a preventative form of healthcare whose diagnostic methods can detect both disease and the momentum towards a disease that has not yet presented itself. It is the study of the relationships between the external environment and internal environment. This is a reference to the notion of balance within the body and between the body and what exists outside the body. For example, an individual with low energy and low immunity may be less apt to fight off infections. A person with a hardier constitution will likely fight off infections much more quickly. Assessments and treatment protocols consider these aspects and work to treat the patient both externally and internally.

How does acupuncture work?

In order to understand how acupuncture works, we must first understand the basic concept of qi. qiQi (chi) is known as the energy that flows in the body, in and out of organs and tissues, and between the body and the external environment. When qi is flowing smoothly we are in a state of health. When qi is out of flux there is illness or pain.

Acupuncture works by regulating qi (chi) along the meridians, energetic pathways that carry qi, and at areas of blockage or shortage of qi.

Will my insurance cover acupuncture?

Some insurance companies cover acupuncture. You will need to contact your insurance company for this information as plans differ regarding which ailments and treatment methods will be covered. You may also be able to receive coverage when your MD provides a prescription for acupuncture treatments.

Is acupuncture a fad?

No, Chinese medicine is one of the most widely used forms of traditional healing modalities used in the world and the scientific data on it's usefulness only continues to grow. Acupuncture was introduced to the United States in 1972 when the Nixon administration sent researchers to explore China’s culture. This time-tested therapy has just begun to plant it’s feet in U.S. culture and has been receiving more and more attention as years pass due to its efficacy with many different health issues.  Scientific studies are slowly uncovering the uses of acupuncture. Many studies are being conducted worldwide that are establishing acupuncture efficacy.
A 1997 conference held by the NIH (National Institute of Health) served as the basis for examining scientific data collected thus far involving acupuncture. This forum established a list of conditions that can to be alleviated with acupuncture treatments. Researchers and doctors recognized acupuncture to be effective in treating addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and for nausea associated with pregnancy.

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