Acupuncture is a therapy that treats a wide range of conditions, while being considerably less invasive to the body and less toxic to the liver and kidneys than many standard treatments. Acupuncturists learn to treat each individual specifically by reviewing their health history, current symptoms, and palpating for irregularities. Acupuncturists also learn to collect extensive data on the functioning of the internal organs through observation of the tongue and feeling the pulse.
Conditions treated by Acupuncture:
According to the World Health Organization, Acupuncture is clinically effective int he treatment of:
Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Smoking Cessation, Addictions, Dizziness, Fatigue, Weight Management
Nausea, Vomiting, GERDS, Gastritis, Diarrhea, Constipation, IBS, Colitis, Crohn’s Disease
Asthma, Sore Throat, Cold/Flu, Headaches, Pneumonia, Tonsillitis, Rhinitis, Allergies
Joint Pain, Bone Pain, Nerve Pain, Dental Pain, Cancer Pain, Sciatica, Arthritis, Tennis Elbow, Headaches, TMJ, Chronic Fatigue
Infertility, PMS, Menstrual Disorders, Menopause, UTI, Incontinence
Commonly Asked Questions:
Does it Hurt?
Acupuncture needles are micro-fine; imagine the thickness of several strands of hair. Most people chuckle at themselves the first time they get acupuncture; that they were so afraid of something they ended up barely feeling.
Does it really work?
Acupuncture has been a part of medicine for thousands of years, and unlike pratices from less than a century ago, it continues to be an important and growing part of medicine. PubMed is a great resource for research on acupuncture: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez. I also include write about research with links under the research tab. Ultimately, you will only know if you try it yourself!
How does it work?
Tools able to gauge subtle changes in the body’s chemistry in response to acupuncture are still being developed. MRI scans show activity in different parts of the brain as a response to stimulating different acupuncture points. Blood samples from before and after acupuncture show changes in quantity of red blood cells, white blood cells, antibodies, neurotransmitters, endorphins…to name a few. Some people believe acupuncture causes nerve impulses that set off a chain reaction throughout the body. Most acupuncturists think it is much more complicated than nerve impulses, and in 10-20 years the equipment will exist that will be able to read what exactly is happening…much like atoms existed long before we were able to see them.