Acupuncture is one of a handful of therapeutic techniques that fall within the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The others include
- Herbal Therapy
- Tui Na
All of which seek to restore the body to an optimal state of balance.
The use of acupuncture for a vast number of conditions is supported by thousands of years of empirical evidence. While modern science is still looking for an explanation of how acupuncture works from that perspective, there is an ever increasing body of research that shows that acupuncture is indeed effective for many conditions (see below for a complete list).
An acupuncture treatment is administered via the insertion of a thin, solid,
and sterile stainless steel needle into specific points on the body.*
The points used in a specific treatment are based on the diagnosis and the treatment methods used by the acupuncturists.
Acupuncture points can be both local and distal to what might be perceived as the area in question. For instance, a patient with headaches might be treated with local points on the head and/or distal points on the foot.* Acupuncture needles are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which requires that they are manufactured and labeled in accordance with set standards of sterility, non-toxicity, and labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.Acupuncture is Safe!
Acupuncture is very safe when performed by a qualified practitioner.
The World Health Organization (WHO) comments that unlike many drugs, acupuncture is non-toxic and adverse reactions or side effects are minimal. For instance, acupuncture and morphine have similar rates of effectiveness when used for chronic pain, but with acupuncture, unlike morphine, the patient does not have the negative side effect of dependency.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) states that relatively few complications have been reported, in light of the millions of people treated with it every year. What Acupuncture Treats:
The use of acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat many types of conditions. In 2003 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a report called “Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials.” Below you will see a list of the conditions mentioned in that report.
Please note that there are plenty of additional conditions which centuries of empirical data have shown acupuncture treats effectively but for which there is little or no modern western research on. If you have questions about a condition not listed below, be sure to contact us so we can address your specific situation.
- Headache and Migraine
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Facial Palsy (early stage, within three to six months)
- Paresis Following Stroke
- Peripheral Neuropathies
- Meniere’s Disease
- Nocturnal Enuresis
- Cervicobrachial Syndrome
- Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
- Disc Problems
- Muscle Pain, Swelling, Stiffness and Weakness
- Localized Traumatic Injuries, Sprains, Strains, Tendonitis, Contractures
- Work and Sports Related Injuries
- Lower Back Pain
- Frozen Shoulder and Tennis Elbow
- Spasms of Esophagus and Cardia
- Irritable Bowel and Colitis
- Acute and Chronic Gastritis
- Gastric Hyperacidity
- Acute and Chronic Colitis
- Infertility *
- Menopause Syndrome
- Benign Irregular Menstruation
- Benign Amenorrhea
- Withdrawal from Street and Pharmacological Drugs
- Appetite Suppression
*Not WHO recognized. Clinical experience proves effective.