Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient technique that promotes the body's natural healing process. It  involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles into particular acupuncture points to attain a healing effect. The signs and symptoms the patient exhibits help us determine the points to be used.

The needles we use are considerably smaller than typical needles used in western medical procedures such as drawing blood or giving an injection. Acupuncture needles are slender and fine; typically the diameter of a hair. People generally find acupuncture treatments to be relaxing and rejuvenating. All needles used at our facility are sterile and are only used once.

 
How Does Acupuncture Work?

The classical Chinese explanation for acupuncture is that channels of energy move throughout the body. These energy channels, also called meridians, are like rivers, and bring nourishment and vitality to body tissues. An obstruction in the meridians is like a dam that backs up nourishment and starves tissues down stream. When this happens, the channel or channels are said to have stagnation, which can be of several types.

Acupuncture points are needled to directly influence the meridians. The acupuncture needle unblocks any obstructions and reestablishes a regular flow through the meridians, allowing tissues to receive the nourishment they need to properly recover.

Acupuncture is known to increase the output of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, and increase blood circulation. Injured tissues and organs can heal faster with the restoration of the fresh blood supply, and pain is relieved with the increased endorphins.

The World Health Organization created a list of condition that respond well to acupuncture treatment. Note that treatment is not limited to the disorders on the list; these conditions represent the conditions that have been researched extensively by the organization.The list is shown below.

 

Conditions Recommended for Acupuncture by the World Health Organization (W.H.O.)

  • Respiratory Diseases

Check mark symbol Acute sinusitis

Check mark symbol Acute rhinitis

Check mark symbol Common cold

Check mark symbol Acute tonsillitis

  • Bronchopulmonary Diseases

Check mark symbol Acute bronchitis

Check mark symbol Bronchial asthma

  • Eye Disorders

Check mark symbol Acute conjunctivitis

Check mark symbol Cataract (without complication)

Check mark symbol Myopia

Check mark symbol Central retinitis

  • Disorders of the Mouth Cavity

Check mark symbol Toothache

Check mark symbol Pain after tooth extraction

Check mark symbol Gingivitis

Check mark symbol Pharyngitis   

  • Orthopedic Disorders

Check mark symbol Periarthritis  humeroscapularis

Check mark symbol Tennis elbow

Check mark symbol Sciatica

Check mark symbol Low back pain

Check mark symbol Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders

Check mark symbol Spasm of the esophagus and cardia

Check mark symbol Hiccups

Check mark symbol Gastroptosis

Check mark symbol Acute and chronic gastritis

Check mark symbol Gastric hyperacidity

Check mark symbol Chronic duodenal ulcer

Check mark symbol Acute and chronic colitis

Check mark symbol Acute bacterial dysentery

Check mark symbol Constipation

Check mark symbol Diarrhea

Check mark symbol Paralytic ileus

  • Neurologic Disorders

Check mark symbol  Headache

Check mark symbol  Migraine

Check mark symbol  Trigeminal neuralgia

Check mark symbol  Facial paralysis

Check mark symbol  Paralysis after apoplectic fit

Check mark symbol  Peripheral neuropathy

Check mark symbol  Paralysis caused by poliomyelitis

Check mark symbol  Meniere's syndrome

Check mark symbol  Neurogenic bladder dysfunction

Check mark symbol  Nocturnal enuresis

Check mark symbol  Intercostal neuralgia