Acupuncture is a healthcare modality developed in China over 2,500 years ago.
Acupuncture promotes natural healing and improves many physiological functions
by the insertion of sterilized (disposable), stainless-steel needles (that are
as fine as a human hair) into specific points located near or on the surface of
the skin. Modern science has revealed that when stimulated by the needles, these
specific body points can influence various biochemical and physiological
functions which in turn, affect changes in the body. In simple terms,
acupuncture influences the body’s various systems’ ability to balance itself:
hormonal, digestive, circulatory, neurological, muscular and mental.
Recent electromagnetic research confirms the location of the points that were
developed centuries ago. The basic foundation for Chinese Medicine is that there
is a vital energy flowing through the body called Qi (pronounced chee). This
energy flows through the body on different channels known as “meridians” that
connect all of the body’s major organs. According to Chinese medical theory,
illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced
or is blocked. Like an irrigation system on a farm, if the water is not flowing
properly through the irrigation waterways, the crops will not be properly
nourished and will be unhealthy.
WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF ACUPUNCTURE? WHAT CAN ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture can be used independently or along with herbal medicine.
Acupuncture can influence three areas of health care:
- Promotes good health and well-being
- Prevents illness
- Treats various symptoms and illnesses
Over here in US in past three decades, acupuncture has become famous
initially by its safe and effective relief in pain and addiction conditions. In
1993, the FDA classified acupuncture needles as medical device. In China,
acupuncture has been used continuously over at least past two thousand years to
treatment a wide range of health conditions. Some conditions acupuncture are
commonly and effectively treated are as follows:
- Orthopedic problems, which include tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome and
other tendonitis, many degenerative arthritis, sport injuries, post accident
injuries, occupational injuries.
- Neurological disorders, which include most type of headaches, post-herpetic
abnormal sensations, Bell’s palsy, post-stroke paralysis, sciatica pain, many
forms of pinched nerves.
- Neuro-psychiatric problems, which include anxiety, panic attacks,
depressions, tension, stress and insomnia.
- Digestive system problems, which include acid reflux, abdominal bloating and
other discomfort, constipation, diarrhea.
- Respiratory and ear, nose and throat disorders: which include recurrent or
chronic infections such as chronic sinusitis and bronchitis, asthma, recurrent
toothaches, TMJ (sore and disorder at up and low jaw joints), Meniere’s disease
(functional vertigo), sinus congestion.
- Urinary and genital problems: which include chronic or recurrent urinary
track infection, difficulty in urination, irregular menstruations, painful
intercourse as well as lack of sexual desire. Some other conditions which also
respond well to acupuncture include: early stage high blood pressure,
infertility (non-organic problems), post surgery pain, some type skin problems,
low immune resistance, fatigue, substance addictions.
Some other conditions which also respond well to acupuncture include: early
stage high blood pressure, infertility (non-organic problems), post surgery
pain, some type skin problems, low immune resistance, fatigue, substance
DOES ACUPUNCTURE REALLY WORK?
Yes. Using acupuncture to treat diseases has a recorded history of more than
2000 years in China. Today Acupuncture is practiced widely all over the world.
In United States, a panel of National Institute of Health endorsed use of
acupuncture in November, 1997. The panel concluded that acupuncture is an
effective treatment for certain kinds of pain and a variety of other conditions.
WHAT ARE THE NEEDLES LIKE? WHAT WILL I FEEL DURING
Acupuncture needles are very thin and are made from stainless steel.
Inserting the needle in the skin is not painful. In this clinic all needles are
sterile and used only once.
Most people will only feel a slight sting when the needle is inserted into
the skin. During treatment, you may feel some bloating, soreness or numbness,
which indicates that the needles are in precise locations needed.
Since everyone is different, they may each respond differently to the
treatment. It is normal that different people or even the same person may
experience different sensations during different treatments.
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE? ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS TO THE
Acupuncture is very safe. First of all, only sterile disposable needles are
used. And conventional techniques are strictly observed in the clinic. This
eliminates the possibility of cross infections.
Usually there are no side effects. Occasionally, patients may experience
changes in energy level, sleep, appetite bowel or urination pattern. These
should not cause concerns, as they are indications that the treatment is
working. These can be overcome by adequate rest and relaxation.
CAN I TAKE ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT AND CONTINUE MY REGULAR
MEDICATION AT THE SAME TIME? SHOULD I CONTINUE TO SEE MY DOCTOR?
Yes to both. Acupuncture treatment can be given at same time you take other
medicine and /or other treatments. In any case we encourage you to continue
regular visits to your primary physician and let all your healthcare
professionals know what you are doing.