FAQ

What problems are commonly treated with Acupuncture?


 
The most common ailments presented to an acupuncturist tend to be pain related conditions. For example; arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. 

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are 25-50 times thinner than a hypodermic needle. They are so thin that several acupuncture needles can go into the middle of a hypodermic needle. There is little sensitivity to the insertion of acupuncture needles.

While some people feel nothing at all; others experience a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin that can be followed by a mild sensation of cramping, tingling, numbness, traveling warmth, or heaviness. The needles are left in place for twenty to forty minutes. Most people find the experience extremely relaxing and uplifting and even fall asleep for the duration of the treatment.

That being said, some conditions will respond better to a thicker gauge acupuncture needle.  It is common to experience soreness during and after an acupuncture treatment.  It is important to let your acupuncturist know immediately so that they can make you more comfortable.  If you are sensitive to acupuncture or 'needle-phobic' your acupuncturist can use thinner needles and be gentler.  Be sure to speak up and let the practitioner know how you are feeling! 


 
Eastern Explanation:

The Eastern Explanation for how Acupunctures works is that the life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee) can be influenced and balanced by stimulating specific points on the body. These points are located along channels of energy known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced or is blocked.
 
Western Explanation:
 
Definition of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect.
 
Explanation of How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture points are areas of designated electrical sensitivity. Inserting needles at these points stimulates various sensory receptors that, in turn, stimulate nerves that transmit impulses to the hypothalamic-pituitary system at the base of the brain.

The hypothalamus-pituitary glands are responsible for releasing neurotransmitters and endorphins, the body's natural pain-killing hormones. It is estimated that endorphins are 200 times more potent than morphine. Endorphins also play a big role in the functioning of the hormonal system. This is why acupuncture works well for back pain and arthritis and also for P.M.S. and infertility.

The substances released as a result of acupuncture not only relax the whole body, they regulate serotonin in the brain which plays a role in human and animal disposition. This is why depression is often treated with acupuncture.

Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms and increased T-cell count which stimulates the immune system.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of conditions including:

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis

  • Sore Throat

  • Hay Fever

  • Earache

  • Nerve Deafness

  • Ringing in the Ears

  • Dizziness

  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Angina Pectoris

  • Arteriosclerosis

  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  • Spastic colon

  • Colitis

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Food Allergies

  • Ulcers

  • Gastritis

  • Abdominal Bloating

  • Hemorrhoids

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation

  • Endometriosis

  • Menopause

  • Fibroids

  • Chronic Bladder Infection

  • Complications in Pregnancy

  • Morning Sickness

  • Kidney Stones

  • Impotence

  • Infertility in Men and Women

  • Sexual Dysfunction

Immune Disorders

  • Candida

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • HIV and AIDS

  • Epstein Barr Virus

  • Allergies

  • Lupus

  • MS

  • Hepatitis

Addiction

  • Smoking Cessation

  • Drugs

  • Alcohol

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Insomnia

  • Depression

  • Stress

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis

  • Neuralgia

  • Sciatica

  • Back Pain

  • Bursitis

  • Tendonitis

  • Stiff Neck

  • Bell's Palsy

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • Headaches and Migraines

  • Stroke

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Polio

  • Sprains

  • Muscle Spasms

  • Shingles

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma

  • Emphysema

  • Bronchitis

  • Colds and Flus

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects

  • Diabetes

  • Dermatological Disorders

  • Weight Control

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