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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that came from the Orient.
It consists of insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points
shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These
points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of 2500 years
and there are more than 362 known acupoints.
Acupuncture also comprises other different therapies, such as
moxibustion, cupping and gua sha.
What can you expect?
Patient’s response is individual: some experience an immediate pain or
symptom relief, in some cases pain or symptoms will diminish.
Generally, expect to feel better and more relaxed overall.
How does acupuncture work?
From the Modern Western medical point it is still impossible to explain
how acupuncture works. One of the theories is that it works on the deep
structures of the brain. Acupuncture is based on Chinese theories of the
flow of qi (vital force) through distinct channels that cover the body that
somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels.
Do needles hurt?
Acupuncture needles are hair-thin and the insertion is practically painless. It is nothing like receiving an
injection. The practitioner will guide you thru your experiences with acupuncture. There may be some
warmth tingling, heaviness or feeling of downward or upward movement of the qi in the channel. Most
people get very relaxed and many fall asleep during the treatment.
Is acupuncture safe?
If acupuncture is performed by a trained licensed professional it is extremely safe. We use packaged,
sterile, disposable needles. There is practically no chance of infection.
How many treatments will you need?
It depends on the complaint: what it is, how long you had it, how serious it is. For acute conditions
sometimes it takes only one treatment, for chronic – 5 to 10 treatments.
What should you wear?
Wear loose clothing, best of all shorts and a sleeveless tank top. The idea is that acupoints should be
easily accessible to be needled by the practitioner.
Other important considerations: avoid being hungry or full, too fatigued, too upset or too excited.
Is acupuncture effective in weight loss?
Acupuncture stimulates the body to release endorphins, the body's own "feel-good" pain-relieving
chemicals. It may be that one way acupuncture weight loss treatments help control appetite is by releasing
endorphins. The acupuncturist will then insert needles into different areas of the body in order to help
improve the body's functioning in a way that will promote weight loss. A benefit of acupuncture weight loss
treatment is that unlike certain medications, there are no harmful side effects and no chance for addiction. It
is a perfectly natural means of boosting the patient's weight loss efforts.
Can Acupuncture help me to quit smoking?
Acupuncture is effective in treating addictions. Smoking is one of them. As an addiction, smoking has to be
addressed on emotional, mental and physical levels. Breaking the habit of lighting a cigarette is one of the
hardest things to do. Acupuncture can help with the physiological symptoms of nicotine withdrawal (as with
any other addictive substance), however, as a patient you must remain dedicated to your resolution to break
the harmful habit.
What does acupuncture treat?
A. Musculoskeletal Pain
Facial, TMJ, Neck, Back, Shoulder, Arm, Hand, Hip, Kee, Ankle, Foot, Fibromyalgia
Vertigo and Dizziness, Tinnitus, Rhinitis, Sinusitis, Allergic conjunctivitis
Cough, Asthma, Shortness of Breath, Common Cold
Constipation, Diarrhea, Reflux Esophagitis, IBS, Gastritis, Nausea, Hemorrhoids,
Prostatitis, UTI, Incontinence, Sexual dysfunction
PMS, Dysmenorrhea, Irregular menstruation, Fertility Support, Amenorrhea, Abnormal Bleeding,
Menopausal symptoms, Pelvic Pain
Headache, Insomnia, Post-Herpetic Syndrome, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Peripheral neuropathy, Carpal
tunnel syndrome, Bell’s Palsy, Trigeminal Neuralgia
Dermatitis (Eczema), Psoriasis, Urticaria, Hyperhydrosis
Anxiety, PTSD, Stress, Depression
Addiction and Substance Abuse, Fatigue (incl. chronic), Immune Support e.g. side effects chemo; HIV AIDS
There is not just one style of acupuncture. Some patients respond better to different styles. We treat our
patient with the following modalities:
Trigger Point Acupuncture -
excellent pain relief for pain anywhere in the body caused by muscular constrictions. Trigger points are a
common cause for tension headaches, knee pain, shoulder and hip pain.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Acupuncture – great for a variety of conditions from arthritic conditions
and joint pain to depression and weight loss.
Japanese Acupuncture – like TCM it treats mostly chronic conditions. Each treatment focuses on
eliminating individual structural imbalances, causing the disturbance of the energy flow in the body, and in
this way causing disease.
Cupping – great instant muscular pain relief, excellent for treating simple colds.
Gua Sha – skin scraping technique. It feels like a deep muscular massage, the effect on the body is similar
Moxibustion – burning rice-size cones of dry weed on the skin, enhances greatly the effect of acupuncture.