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About Acupunture



Some important information about Acupuncture you need to know:
 

Acupuncture is without question one of the most powerful pain-altering modalities in the world. Acupuncture treatments are enjoyable, relaxing, safe, and extremely effective in the treatment of many common medical conditions.


Does acupuncture work?

According to the NIH (National Institute of Health) Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, there have been many studies on acupuncture's potential usefulness, but results have been mixed because of complexities with study design and size, as well as difficulties with choosing and using placebos or sham acupuncture. However, promising results have emerged, showing efficacy of acupuncture, for example, in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain. There are other situations--such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and asthma--in which acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program. The NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)-funded study recently showed that acupuncture provides pain relief, improves function for people with osteoarthritis of the knee, and serves as an effective complement to standard care.


How might acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is one of the key components of the system of traditional Chinese medicine. In the TCM system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle. Among the major assumptions in TCM are that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a "balanced state" and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (vital energy) along pathways known as meridians. It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them.

Preclinical studies have documented acupuncture's effects, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within the framework of the Western system of medicine that is commonly practiced in the United States. It is proposed that acupuncture produces its effects through regulating the nervous system, thus aiding the activity of pain-killing bio-chemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neuro-hormones and, thus, affecting the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person's blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.

Conditions which are found to have high successful rate of treatment by acupuncture:
Neck pain, Low back pain, Peripheral neuropathy, Frozen shoulder, Foot pain related to plantar fascitis, neuroma & arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Allergic rhinosinusitis, migraine, tension and cluster headaches, Trigerminal neuralgia or facial pain,  Bell's Palsy, Arthritis, Asthma,Carpal tunnel, knee pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, stress, insomnia and weight control.

How many treatments are necessary?

Each person is unique. Therefore, the treatment plan is individualized. The number of treatments depends upon the duration, severity and nature of your health condition. Two or three treatments may be sufficient for an acute condition, while a series of 5 to 15 treatments may be needed to resolve chronic conditions. Some degenerative conditions may require ongoing treatments over a long period of time.