Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is now covered by many insurance policies, and is widely used to relieve pain.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes natural self-healing by stimulating acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance these effects. Other acupoint stimulation techniques include manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines.
What happens during an acupuncture treatment?
First, your acupuncturist will discuss your health history. You will then be examined physically and analyzed using a machine called an AcuGraph. (please highlight the word Acugraph in a blue font and make a link to the acugraph video https://youtu.be/AQ71qxw8dRM ). Using these unique assessment tools, the acupuncturist will be able to design a treatment plan to address your particular condition. To begin the treatment, you lie comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body for 5-30 min. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort as the needles are gently placed.
How many treatments will I need?
The frequency and number of treatments differs from person to person. Some imdividuals experience dramatic relief in the first treatment. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended.
What conditions can be treated by acupuncture?
Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility. Case-controlled studies have shown that acupuncture is effective for the following diseases, symptoms or conditions:
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever), biliary colic, depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke), dysentery, dysmenorrhea, peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, gastrospasm, facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders), headache, hypertension, essential hypotension, induction of labor, knee pain, leukopenia, low back pain, malposition of a fetus, morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, temporomandibular dysfunction, shoulder arthritis, postoperative pain, renal colic, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, sprain, stroke and tennis elbow.