Acupuncture is one of the
oldest forms of healing in the world. Beginning in China over 5,000 years
ago it still remains a primary source of medical treatment in Asia. Presently
in the United States there are over 4,000 licensed acupuncturists serving
patients for a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture involves the placement
of small thin needles into various parts of the body which somehow stimulate
the bodys natural protective and pain fighting systems.
is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. Studies have shown
that brain activity is increased, the immune system is boosted and pain
fighting endorphins (natural occurring morphine) and peptides are released
during acupuncture. Traditional Western medicine tends to diagnose and
treat the effect the disease has on the body. The Eastern acupuncturist
acts upon the energy that creates the disease state.
of acupuncture has been proven through various studies from the National
Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization and others. The acupuncturist
provides a complete physical examination which may also include diagnostic
procedures such as radiology and clinical laboratory services. The World
Health Organization has identified over 43 common disorders that acupuncture
has been shown to be effective in treating.
These disorders include:
- Gastrointestinal Disorders; food allergies,
peptic ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, gastritis.
- Urogenital Disorders; stress incontinence,
urinary tract infections, sexual dysfunction.
- Respiratory Disorders; emphysema, sinusitis,
asthma, allergies, bronchitis.
- Disorders of the Bone, Muscles, Joints,
Nervous System; arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, low back pain,
neck and shoulder pain.
- Circulatory Disorders; hypertension,
angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, anemia.
- Emotional and Psychological Disorders;
depression and anxiety.
- Addictions; alcohol, nicotine, drug
- Ear, Nose and Throat disorders.
When acupuncture is provided by a licensed comprehensively trained acupuncturist
if is considered extremely safe. It is free of adverse or addictive side
effects. Quite often a sense of relaxation and well-being occurs during and
after treatments. The instruments used to penetrate the skin are pre-sterilized
and disposable after single use, or sterilized in an autoclave as surgical
and dental instruments are, after each use.
Acupuncture is less painful than receiving an injection. The needles used
do not cause much discomfort and are inserted without causing damage to the
skin. The sensation associated with acupuncture typically lasts for 10-15
seconds. Most people describe the sensation as painless or less painful than
plucking out a hair. The needles used are very thin and do not draw blood
and are solid not hollow. The needles are small enough that 10-12 acupuncture
needles can fit into one ordinary hypodermic needle such as one used to draw
are the needles placed?
The trained acupuncturist has studied the different areas that would be effective
in treating the symptoms explained to the doctor. Each treatment may involve
several areas of the body including the back, ears, feet and neck or face.
do I find a quality provider?
You should seek a practitioner who has been comprehensively trained and licensed
by the state. You should also consider one that has undergone extensive review
by a credentialing review process to insure current licensure and liability