What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of a variety of health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of over 4000 years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their location.

Does Acupuncture Work?

Yes. It has been used for thousands of years to treat numerous disorders. In 1979, the World Health Organization listed 43 conditions that acupuncture was effective in treating and since then, more and more conditions are being treated successfully with acupuncture.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Western medicine cannot explain exactly how acupuncture works yet. It is based on ancient Chinese theories of Qi (energy), Xue (blood), Yin and Yang. According to ancient theory, acupuncture can regulate and restore the energetic balance of the body by freeing the flow of Qi and balancing Yin and Yang.

Is It Only Needling?

Needling is the primary method of treatment for acupuncture but your practitioner may choose to use this in combination with other therapies. Some of these may include;

Cupping: a partial vacuum is created in glass jars using heat and then applied to the skin to draw the skin up slightly.

Tuina: the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of therapeutic massage using acupressure.

Pediatric Tuina: a form of Tuina that is designed specifically for small children who are too young to receive needles.

Ear Seeds: small seeds are placed on your ear(s) on specific points with adhesive tape as a treatment or to prolong the effect of a treatment.

TDP Lamp: a method of applying focused heat to affected areas of the body using a heat producing lamp.

Gua Sha: involves using a porcelain spoon or a specific gua sha tool to repeatedly rub or scrape the skin over the affected or indicated area. 

Moxibustion: the burning of herbs (mainly composed of artemesia vulgarism/mugwort) to focus heat on affected areas.

Electrostimulation: small pulses of electricity are sent through the needles to increase stimulation.

Conditions commonly treated with Acupuncture

(This is by no means a complete list of what Acupuncture can treat.)

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
  • 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
  • Fibromylagia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Lupus
  • 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