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ACUPUNCTURE

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?


Developed over 2,000 years ago, acupuncture is a medical treatment that involves the gentle insertion of disposable, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points of the body. One of the goals of acupuncture is to balance qi and have it flow freely throughout the body's meridians.

Qi, or vital energy, exists in all living things. We gather this vital energy from the food we eat, the air we breathe, and from our own body. Meridians, like rivers inside the body, carry this vital energy to specific organs and glands. The acupuncture points are specific locations where these meridians come to the skin's surface.



WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE?


  • Pain Relief
  • Shorter Recovery Time After Injury
  • Less Stress
  • Enhanced Mood
  • Better Sleep
  • Improved Immune System
  • Low Cost


WHAT CONDITIONS DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?


According to the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization, acupuncture has been proved – through clinical trials – to be an effective treatment for the following:


  • Adverse Reactions to Radiation and/or Chemotherapy
  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Dysentery
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Facial Pain
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, Essential
  • Hypotension, Primary
  • Knee Pain
  • Leukopenia
  • Low Back Pain
  • Malposition of Fetus
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Neck Pain
  • Periarthritis of Shoulder
  • Postoperative Pain
  • Renal Colic
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis Elbow

Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture's therapeutic effect has been shown but further research is needed include:


  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acne
  • Alcohol Dependence and Detoxification
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Cancer Pain
  • Cholecystitis
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Non-Insulin Dependent
  • Earache
  • Epistaxis
  • Eye Pain
  • Female Infertility
  • Facial Spasm
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gout
  • Hepatitis B
  • Herpes Zoster
  • Insomnia
  • Lactation, Deficiency
  • Male Sexual Dysfunction
  • Meniere Disease
  • Neuralgia, Post-Herpetic
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Sore Throat
  • Spinal Pain, Acute
  • Stiff Neck
  • Tobacco Dependence
  • Ulcerative Colitis, Chronic
  • Urinary Tract Infections


HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?


There are five popular theories to explain how acupuncture works.

  • The Augmentation of Immunity theory suggests that acupuncture raises levels of antibodies, white blood cells, certain hormones, and immunoglobins
  • The Endorphin theory proposes that acupuncture encourages the body to secrete endorphins which suppress pain and reduce the perception of fatigue
  • The Neurotransmitter theory states that levels of Serotonin and Noradrenaline are affected by acupuncture thereby altering sleepiness, alertness, thermoregulation, and mood
  • The Circulatory theory proposes that acupuncture has the effect of constricting or dilating blood vessels as a result of the body's release of vasodilators in response to the acupuncture needle. This theory accounts for how acupuncture treats both high and low blood pressure
  • The Gate Control theory suggests that when the part of the nervous system that regulates pain, called the "Gate" becomes overwhelmed with too many impulses, it closes down and reduces pain