Acupuncture is an
ancient Oriental art and science that uses pressure, tapping or slender needles
at specific points on the body to restore itís functioning to normal.
Acupuncturists work from the assumption that an interruption in the flow of
energy, or chi, through the body causes it to malfunction. Acupuncture is a way
of returning the flow of energy to the body to reduce pain and improve function.
The first thing everyone wants to know about
acupuncture is whether the needles hurt when they are inserted. The answer is
NO! When the needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points, they are not
felt at all. Many patients have been surprised when Iíve told them that some of
their needles were already inserted because they didnít feel them go in. The
needles that are used are much thinner than blood-draw or shot needles. And the
acupuncture points have a different electrical resistance than the other skin
surfaces on the body. When the two are combined correctly, there is no sensation
Acupuncture is used to treat almost any health
condition that people or animals can have. Itís very effective for treating
pain. Back pain, headaches and knee pain
all respond very well to acupuncture treatments.
Indigestion, sinus congestion and allergies
are also very common complaints that respond well to acupuncture. Some of my
patients have reported that they needed less insulin for their diabetes when
they were getting acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture can help
infertility, and a number of
pregnancies have occurred for women acupuncture patients who had been previously
unsuccessful using other fertility treatments.
Childrenís ear infections, congestion and colds all
respond very well to the combination of chiropractic and acupuncture. While we
donít insert needles into children under the age of puberty, tapping the
acupuncture points works well for them. Research has shown that acupuncture is
effective in lowering blood pressure for many people with hypertension. Even
patients with terminal diseases like cancer
can be treated with acupuncture to raise their energy levels and to give them a
greater sense of well-being during their treatments and convalescence.