Acupuncture, simply stated, is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Acupuncture has it’s roots in China between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. Acupuncture may appear strange since it is primarily known to use needles placed in the skin to relieve pain or affect a body part.
At this point you probably have more questions than answers, like is it painful? How long is the treatment? How often do I need to come in? How does it work? Will it work for my condition? Do you have to use needles?
There are varying answers to these basic questions. Contact us and schedule a consultation and we will be more than happy to answer all these questions to alleviate any apprehension.
Meridian therapy is the accepted name employed by those who practice the principle of Acupuncture without the use of a penetrating needle.
Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique. Therefore, there are many ways to stimulate an Acupoint other than a needle, just as there are many different strokes used in swimming.
We also offer electronic stimulation to treat an Acupoint. The principle of Acupuncture does not change, only the technique.
A Little More About Acupuncture
Acupuncture has long baffled medical experts and no wonder: It holds that an invisible life force called qi (pronounced chee) travels up and down the body in 14 meridians. Illness and pain are due to blockages and imbalances in qi. Inserting thin needles into the body at precise points can unblock the meridians, practitioners believe, and treat everything from arthritis and asthma to anxiety, acne and infertility.
WSJ’s health columnist Melinda Beck tests out acupuncture as an alternative means to reduce her neck and back pain.
Does It Work?
While scientists say further research is essential, some studies have provided evidence of acupuncture’s effects.
- Arthritis of the Knee: Acupuncture significantly reduced pain and restored function, according to a 2004 government study.
- Headaches: Two 2009 reviews found that acupuncture cut both tension and migraine headaches.
- Lower Back Pain: Acupuncture eased it in a big study last year, but so did a sham treatment where needles didn’t penetrate the skin.
- Cancer: Has proven effective in reducing nausea and fatigue caused by chemotherapy.
- Infertility: Improves the odds of pregnancy for women undergoing in-vitro fertilization, according to a 2008 review of seven clinical trials.
- Addiction: Often used to help quit smoking, drinking, drug use and overeating, but there is no conclusive evidence that it works.