Acupuncture: A Time-Proven Medicine
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are a complete medical system that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Oriental massage, nutrition, and exercise.
For more than 3,000 years many cultures have benefited from this method of treating and preventing diseases. Today Oriental Medicine is recognized world-wide. The World Health Organization has researched and documented the effectiveness of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Medical communities throughout the world are integrating this medicine into their healthcare systems.
Acupuncture: How It Works
Oriental Medical theory explains that pain and disease are caused by either an imbalance or a blockage of the energy circulating through the body. Acupuncture restores the balance to the flow of energy, returning the body to a healthy state.
In an acupuncture treatment, thin sterile needles are inserted at specific points on the body. These points are carefully selected by the acupuncturist according to the patient’s signs and symptoms. Each treatment is tailored to the individual’s needs. The acupuncture treatment corrects the imbalances and removes the blockages of energy, thus restoring the body to health.
Emphasis is placed on understanding and treatment of the underlying cause of each individual’s imbalance. The wholistic approach to health not only addresses physical complaints, but also emotional, environmental, and lifestyle conditions.
Common Questions About Acupuncture
Does acupuncture work?
YES. Throughout history, more people have been treated with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine than all other health modalities combined. Today this medical system continues to help people throughout the country and around the world.
Does Acupuncture Provide Long Lasting Results?
YES. Acupuncture addresses the underlying cause of disease, not merely the symptoms. When correcting the cause of the problem, the results are long-lasting or permanent.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
The number of treatments needed varies widely according to the condition. Usually one or two treatments per week are recommended. Chronic cases may require treatment for several weeks or longer. Acute problems generally respond much faster. Occasional treatments throughout the year are usually sufficient to maintain good health.
How Long Does a Treatment Last?
This also varies. A treatment may last from a few minutes to over an hour.
Can I Feel the Needles?
Sometimes there is a mild discomfort that lasts momentarily upon insertion of the acupuncture needle. Acupuncture needles are very thin and are inserted quickly to avoid the sensation of pain. Once the needles are in place, the patient usually does not feel them.
How Are the Needles Sterilized?
All acupuncture equipment and needles are carefully sterilized according to hospital sterilization procedures. Feel free to question your acupuncturist about his/her sterilization method. Disposable needles are available upon request.
What Acupuncture Can Treat
While Westerners are most familiar with the use of acupuncture for pain control and anesthesia, acupuncture also treats a wide variety of conditions. The following are some common disorders that are treated successfully with acupuncture and Oriental Medicine:
- Pain - Headaches, low back pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, bursitis, tennis elbow, neck problems, trigeminal neuralgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle spasms, and sports injuries.
- Stress-Related Problems and Sleep Disorders
- Respiratory: Allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma
- Digestive: Constipation, diarrhea, colitis, ulcers
- Gynecological: PMS, painful menses, fibrocystic breast disease, menopause, infertility
- Cardiovascular: High blood pressure, heart palpitations
- Immune: Multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS, chronic fatigue syndrome
- Addictions: Nicotine, alcohol, and other drug withdrawal
As well as treating many other disorders, acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are effective forms of preventive medicine. Many problems can be corrected before the use of drugs or surgery is required.