Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most effective healing practices in the world updated with modern, medical and integrative perspectives. Acupuncture is especially helpful for allergies, pain relief, digestion problems, immune support, and balancing mind, body and spirit, whether in daily life, seasonally, or in times of special need.
How does acupuncture work?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to nourish the tissues and organs. An obstruction in these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others.
Acupuncture needles inserted at the correct meridian points unblock the obstructions and reestablish a healthy flow to tissues and organs, potentially correcting digestion, absorption, and energy production in the body.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. It is also thought that signals from the needles travel along the connective tissues and fascia which are connected throughout the body.
What is “medical acupuncture”?
“Medical acupuncture” is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a Western medical doctor who has had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice.
What conditions can it treat?
Either on its own or in combination with other treatments, acupuncture can promote health and well-being, prevent illness, and treat a variety of medical conditions. Acupuncture has been found to be particularly useful in resolving physical problems related to tension, stress and emotional conditions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the use of acupuncture in treating a variety of disorders-please see the list below. In addition there are many other symptoms and conditions it can help. Often various symptoms are related from a Chinese Medicine standpoint. Acupuncture is difficult to study scientifically due to the variation of treatments for each individual’s imbalances. If you do not see your condition or symptoms here – Please call to discuss your particular concerns and to see if acupuncture might be helpful for you.
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Tennis elbow
- Knee pain
- Peri-arthritis of the shoulder
- Facial pain
- Dental pain
- Postoperative pain
- Fibromyalgia and Fasciitis
- Cancer Pain
- Neuralgia, Post-Herpetic
- Radicular and Pseudoradicular Pain Syndrome
- Abdominal pain -chronic gastritis/peptic ulcers
- Nausea and vomiting
- Constipation, diarrhea, bloating
- Induction of labor
- Breech birth presentation
- Morning sickness
- Primary dysmenorrhea (irregular periods)
- Female Infertility
- Lactation, Deficiency
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
EAR, NOSE, THROAT
- Allergic rhinitis/hay fever
- Chronis sinus problems
- Chronic cough
NEUROLOGIC and MENTAL HEALTH
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Thyroid problems
- Side effects from radiation and chemotherapy
- Tobacco Dependence
- Help in decreasing use of opioid medications