How Can Acupuncture Help Me?

Acupuncture is one of the oldest systems of medicine that is still practiced today.  Each year, the popularity of acupuncture grows as people discover the benefits of treatment.  Acupuncture helps to restore the balance of yin and yang in the body by working with “qi”.  In Chinese Medicine qi is known as the life force of the body, or overall energy levels.

When a person’s qi is deficient, stagnant, or blocked in certain areas of the body they experience symptoms such as headaches, stress, constipation, night sweats etc.  In contrast, when a person’s qi is strong and flowing freely, they are resilient to illness and stress and experience minimal symptoms.

Through the insertion of thin needles (thinner than a human hair!) into specific points on the body, acupuncturists are able to encourage the body to restore the flow of qi.  Most patients report feeling some level of relief after the first treatment.  Frequency of treatment is unique to each patient, depending on the severity of symptoms, and will be discussed during the first treatment.

In an analysis of controlled clinical trials, The World Health Organization states that Acupuncture is effective in treating the following symptoms and diseases:

  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • sciatica
  • tennis elbow
  • knee pain
  • periarthritis of the shoulder
  • sprains
  • facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • headache
  • dental pain
  • tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • induction of labor
  • correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
  • morning sickness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • postoperative pain
  • stroke
  • essential hypertension
  • primary hypotension
  • renal colic
  • leucopenia
  • adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
  • allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
  • biliary colic
  • depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • acute bacillary dysentery
  • primary dysmenorrhea
  • acute epigastralgia
  • peptic ulcer
  • acute and chronic gastritis

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