What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a valuable therapeutic modality of Chinese medicine that has been used for the treatment of pain conditions, resolution of chronic health issues, prevention of disease, and mind-body wellness for over 2,500 years.
Acupuncture consists of the insertion of very fine, disposable pins (acupuncture needles) into specific vital energy points on the surface of the skin. Acupuncture stimulation helps the body to achieve a state of physiologic and metabolic balance (homeostasis), strengthens the natural resistance against disease, and activates the innate power of the body to heal.
How Acupuncture can benefit you
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and The World Health Organization (WHO) recognize that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of a wide variety of health disorders. We can classify the benefits of acupuncture under five main categories:
1. Pain relief: back and neck pain, headache, migraine, joint pain, arthritis, sport injuries, sciatica, shoulder pain, chronic muscle pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel pain, tendonitis, tennis and golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciatis, whiplash injury, and soft tissue disorders.
2. Chronic health disorders: asthma, allergies, dizziness, ringing in the ears, TMJ, sinus congestion, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, adult onset diabetes, thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue, poor circulation, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADD/ADHD), skin disorders, metabolic disorders, smoking cessation, and other chronic conditions.
3. Digestive disorders: irritable bowel (IBS), constipation, crohn’s disease, hypoglycemia, obesity, gastritis, heartburn, acid reflux, colitis, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, food sensitivities, bloating, and gas.
4. Women’s health: irregular menses, painful and difficult period, PMS, hormonal imbalances, lumps in the breasts, uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, menstrual cramps, infertility, polycystic ovarian disease, low sex drive, incontinence, bladder infections, hot flashes, and menopause.
5. Stress and emotions: stress, anxiety, nervous tension, insomnia, depression, and stress related conditions.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, acupuncture is very safe provided it is practiced by a licensed and knowledgeable professional. The sensation produced by acupuncture stimulation varies. Some people may experience a vague heaviness, numbness, tingling or dull sensation. Sometimes people feel a sensation of energy spreading or moving around the needle. This is called ‘Qi sensation’ and is a positive sign, indicating that the body is reacting and the treatment is working. Acupuncture is a time-tested, natural, drug-free, and effective therapy with few side-effects.
Acupuncture needles are disposable, that is they are only used one time and they have to be disposed as medical waste.