Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that treats patients by insertion and manipulation of needles into the body. Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners
incorporate healing traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries, acupuncture is considered part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
The term “acupuncture” describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine sees the body as
a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive aspects of the person, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active aspects.
A major theory is that health is achieved through the balancing of yin and yang and that disease is caused when there is an imbalance. This imbalance leads to a blockage in the flow of qi, or the vital energy your body needs. According to Traditional Chinese medicine, your qi can be unblocked by using acupuncture at certain points on the body.
What You Can Expect
During your first office visit, the practitioner may ask you at length about your health condition, lifestyle, and behavior. The practitioner will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition. Inform the acupuncturist about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have.
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. Treatment may take place over a period of several weeks or more.
Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture include:
Lower Back Pain
Headaches & Migraines
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Jaw and Face Pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Stress Related Disorders
Menstrual and PMS problems
Obesity & Weight Control
For more information on Acupuncture, please call our office at (614) 245-8582.