What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points which have been empirically proven effective in the treatment of specific disorders. These points have been mapped out by the Chinese over a period of 2,000 years. Recently their location has been confirmed by electromagnetic research.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (energy) and blood through channels or meridians which cover the body similar to nerves and blood vessels. When an acupuncture needle is inserted, it helps the qi and blood to flow where it may have been stagnant. In this way, it makes you feel better.
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of pain from an injection is the larger diameter, hollow needle, and the medication being forced into the tissue. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a thick hair. In most cases the treatment is very relaxing and patients actually fall asleep.
How many treatments will I need?
That depends on the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. Many acute conditions may require only a single treatment, while chronic ailments may need 5 to 15 treatments.
How deep do the needles go?
That depends upon what is being treated and where the points are located on the body. In general, needles are inserted from 1/4" to 1" in depth.
What can acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture is effective in treating a wide variety of conditions that affects many systems including: neurological, emotional, physiological, musculoskeletal, digestive, circulatory, and respiratory ailments. Some of these treatable conditions include but are not limited to:
Gastrointestinal disorders: food allergies, ulcers, constipation, IBS, colitis, gastritis, and acid reflux.
Urogenital disorders: incontinence, kidney disorders, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
- Gynecological disorders: irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, infertility, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, diminished ovarian reserve, and menopause.
- Respiratory: allergies, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema.
- Nervous system disorders: neuralgia, migranes, dizziness, neuropathy, paralysis from stroke, sciatica.
- Bone, muscle and joint disorders: sports injuries, chronic pain, sprain and strain, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, bone fracture, arthritis, and osteoporosis.
- Circulatory disorders: hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia.
- Psychological disorders: anxiety, depression, bipolar.
- Addictions: alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.
- Insomnia: trouble staying asleep or falling asleep