Acupuncture is a 3,000 year old healing technique originating from traditional Chinese medicine. In 1997, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) documented and publicized acupuncture’s safety and efficacy for treating a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is used most broadly to relieve pain.
Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes the natural self-healing process by stimulating specific anatomic sites–commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. The most common method used to stimulate acupoints is the insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin. Pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation may further enhance the effects.
Depending on your individual health needs, we will perform an assessment of your health and then recommend an appropriate treatment plan to address your specific condition. Most people feel no or very minimal discomfort during Acupuncture treatments. We actually have patients report a sense of relaxation during and after treatments.
The number of treatments differs with each person. Many experience significant relief in the first treatment, while others need repetitive treatments for several weeks to months depending on their condition. We will discuss a treatment plan so you will know how many treatments to expect.
There have been hundreds of clinical studies verifying the benefits of Acupuncture. It has been shown to effectively treat musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, etc.) nausea, migraine headaches, depression, anxiety, insomnia and even fertility. There have also been case-controlled studies showing that Acupuncture is effective in treating the following:
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Induction of labor
Lower back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction
Nausea and vomiting
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder