WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?

Acupuncture is an ancient health science from China which is used to treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. It’s estimated to be over 5,000 years old. Acupuncture involves inserting fine, single-use needles at various locations to relieve pain or stimulate a specific body part.

Early Chinese physicians believe that our body has an energy network located just below the surface of the skin. This network is likened to a communication web which sends “signals” from the exterior to the internal organs and it contains more than 1,000 acupoints all over the body. It is like a river running through the body. The energy which traverses in this network works in harmony with the different systems of the body including the nervous, circulatory, muscular, and digestive systems, among others. When this vital energy becomes blocked, the body gets sick or experiences pain. To restore the normal and balanced condition of the body, certain acupoints need to be stimulated.

Some practitioners also use electronic stimulation, massage therapy, and alternative therapies in combination with acupuncture. It is believed that throughout the existence of acupuncture, more people have benefited from it than from other healing sciences. Acupuncture is not merely a technique but one of the principles of holistic health care.

Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture promotes the healing process of the body naturally and optimizes the functioning of various organs. It helps relieve pain and is used to treat various ailments. People who don’t respond well to Western medical treatments or who don’t want to take pain medications attest to the effectiveness of acupuncture. It’s safe and has few side effects. Acupuncture has been used as treatment for over 99% of western illnesses, injuries, and other conditions including, but not limited to the following.

Pains and Injuries
• Migraines & Cluster Headache
• Dysmenorrheal Pain
• Facial Pain (including Craniomandibular Disorders)
• Gallbladder Pain (Biliary Colic)
• Lower Back Pain
• Upper-Back Pain
• Carpel Tunnel
• Neck & Shoulder Pain
• Post-Operative Pain
• Frozen of Shoulder
• Renal Colic
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Sciatica
• Sprain
• Tennis Elbow
• Tension Headache

Ailments and Other Conditions
• Stress
• Anxiety
• Abnormal Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
• Diabetes
• Allergies (Rhinitis – Including Hay Fever)
• Asthma
• Bladder Dysfunction
• Bell’s Palsy
• Stroke
• Depression
Depressive Neurosis
Depression following Stroke
• Dysentery
• Eye Problems
• Fatigue
• Gastric Problems
• Hemorrhoids
• Low White Blood Cell Count
• Mal-Positioned Fetus
• Morning Sickness
• Nausea and Vomiting
• Neurologic Disorders
• Skin Conditions

When Can I Feel The Effects?

This actually depends on the individual. Some patients have experienced relief after the very first treatment. Chronic conditions usually involve once or twice weekly sessions for several months. Fewer visits may be needed for acute illnesses, usually ranging from 8-20 visits. The frequency of treatments also varies per person.

What Happens in an Acupuncture Session?

On your first visit our practitioner will perform a physical examination and give advice on self-care. She will also discuss the recommended number and frequency of your treatments. One session usually lasts 30 minutes and your visits will either be weekly or bi-weekly.

NADA and Treatment of PTSD

One of the many applications of acupuncture is used in helping people recover from substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol uses auricular (ear) acupuncture to promote behavioral health to subjects who are dealing with addictions or psychological stress. The length of the treatment will depend on the condition of the patient and usually lasts for 25-60 minutes.