Acupuncture is part of a comprehensive natural health care system that has been used in Asian countries for thousands of years to preserve health and diagnose, treat, and prevent illness.
Acupuncture treats health conditions by stimulating specific points on the surface of the body with thin stainless steel, single-use, sterile needles in order to produce physiological effects. In the most basic sense, it works by stimulating the central and peripheral nervous systems to increase the release of neurotransmitters and hormones in order to dull pain, support the immune system, and regulate various functions in the body.
Acupuncture operates on the theory that health depends on an even or balanced circulation of nutrients, substances, and energy called Qi through a network of channels or meridians. These networks within the body connect all organs and parts of the body and provide balance and coordination of physiological processes.
Pain, ill health, and that feeling of not quite feeling yourself result when the flow of Qi through the body is disrupted or blocked. This can be caused by many things, including disease, pathogens, physical trauma, and negative side-effects of medications in addition to lifestyle factors such as overwork, poor diet, lack of rest, emotional upset, or stress.
Other treatments used in conjunction with acupuncture to enhance the acupuncture treatment are cupping, moxibustion, therapeutic massage, electrical stimulation, and the application of heat with or without castor oil as a topical poultice.
Some of the conditions Chinese Medicine and its practice has been known to treat other than pain are not limited to the following:
- allergies and asthma
- anxiety and depression
- arthritis/joint issues (including psoriatic arthritis)
- back, knee, neck pain, and sciatica
- bladder/kidney problems
- constipation/diarrhea/digestive issues
- cold/flu/cough/rhinitis (allergic and non-allergic)/sinusitis
- gynecological issues
- heart problems/palpitations
- high blood pressure
- immune disorders
- menopausal issues and discomfort
- pre-menstrual syndrome
- sexual dysfunction
- side effects of chemotherapy
- skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema, impetigo, and seborrhoeic dermatitis
- stroke rehabilitation
- tendonitis and other musculoskeletal issues
And Who Can Benefit?
Everyone! From infants to seniors, whether seeking an alternative to Western Medicine or additional help, some turn to acupuncture and massage when other methods have been exhausted for the treatment of chronic conditions. As an acupuncturist, I may also be the first choice of care for many because it is low-risk with few side effects.
AcupunctureAcupuncture is a thousands of years old healing tradition used to treat people of all ages who experience a wide variety of illness or health conditions. Acupuncture is possibly most accepted world-wide for treating pain, and things like arthritis, but also excels in treating many sub-clinical conditions such as stomach or gastrointestinal issues, sinus pain, menstrual or reproductive issues, and sleep, anxiety, and stress disorders (the most common side effect of acupuncture is stress reduction and relaxation!). In addition to acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine is often extremely effective in conjunction with acupuncture for treating a broad range of issues like dermatological conditions, and internal conditions such as those relating to digestion, sleep, immunity, and reproductive health. In many cases a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help many prescription drugs be more effective.