While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has a much broader application. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment modality used, or in conjunction with other medical treatments.
What can Chinese Medicine treat?
The World Health Organization recognized the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Digestive Disorders Spastic colon, diarrhea, constipation, indigestion and hyperacidity, colitis, heartburn, Crohn’s and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Respiratory Disorders Sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, and the common cold
- Neurological and Muscular Disorders Arthritis, facial tics, neck pain, rib pain, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendonitis, low back pain, sciatica, headaches, carpal tunnel and knee pain
- Urinary, Menstrual, and Reproductive Disorders Urinary frequency, urgency and discomfort, incontinence, irregular menstruation, PMS, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, and infertility. Other studies have shown that acupuncture may help in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and can relieve nausea in patients recovering from surgery and chemotherapy.
A recent study has shown that Acupuncture can increase the effectiveness of IVF by increasing uterine blood flow pre and post embryo transfer.
Additionally, acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has successfully treated dermatological conditions, insomnia, anxiety, arthritis, pain from shingles, TMJ and stress.
Acupuncture can be particularly useful in smoking cessation and weight loss.
What can I expect from an Acupuncture Treatment?
After your Traditional Chinese Medicine interview and pattern diagnosis, you will have a specific treatment tailored to fit your case. The acupuncturist will insert sterile thin needles into points on surface of your skin. The needles remain in place anywhere from a few seconds to up to 40 minutes. You will relax and lie still during the treatment. The acupuncturist may manually stimulate the needles or use electrical stimulation, cupping or Moxibustion. After the treatment your acupuncturist may suggest a Chinese Herbal formula if it would be helpful.
Does it hurt?
Some points you may not feel at all. At other points you may feel a small pinch. Some people feel a sensation of heaviness, tingling, dull aching or warmth.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed differs from person to person. Most health problems take more than one treatment to resolve. Often, you may experience a relief of symptoms after just a few sessions. To address the underlying imbalance that has lead to the symptoms, several more treatments are necessary. Periodic treatments often referred to as “tune-ups” are recommended to maintain balance in the body and to prevent future illness.
Are there any side effects?
Usually there are no side effects. As energy is redirected in the body, healing begins to take place. Occasionally the original symptoms may worsen for a few days, or other changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns may change or an emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. Most patients feel a sense of deep relaxation while being energized at the same time.