In an official report, Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, The World Health Organisation states that hundreds of different diseases, syndromes, pathologies and traumas are proven to be effectively treated by acupuncture.
The ancient Chinese physicians believed strongly that "a superior healer is one who treats a disease before it shows symptoms, while an inferior one treats a disease only after it has manifested pain or discomfort," (Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor, 100 B.C.). They proposed that prevention should be our primary focus for health rather than the treatment of a disease. Acupuncture was first developed and used as a preventative form of treatment.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the oldest treatment procedures in the world, dating back over 2,000 years. It refers to a particular treatment method of inserting and manipulating very fine filiform needles at specific points on the body believed to be "acupuncture points" that can relieve pain when allowed to release vital energy.
During the past few decades, acupuncture has gained tremendous popularity in Western cultures, and has become accepted as a common alternative or complementary therapy method. There are many different kinds of acupuncture, with differing philosophical backgrounds and techniques.
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theory of Qi (energy) which flows through channels or meridian pathways running through our body. Channels are like superhighways of energy. When the body is in balance, the Qi travels smoothly through the channels in a specific direction or flow pattern.
But sometimes when the Qi is out of balance, it will stagnate or gather in particular points along the super highway. These are the points where we place the needles to move, disperse or re-route the Qi thus restoring balance. It also induces the release of endorphins in the body, relieving an individual from pain.
What does Acupuncture feel like?
The needles that are used for acupuncture are hair-thin, and most people that receive this treatment report no pain or very minimal pain from the needles.
After the needle is inserted, you may notice a sensation of tingling, heaviness or the movement of energy along the channel pathway. Our patients often report feeling relaxed after their treatment.
Is it safe?
Dr. Li's TCM Clinic only uses acupuncture needles that are sterile, disposable, and not ever re-used for another patient.
Acupuncture is a safe procedure when the treatment is administered by a qualified professional who is recognized by the state professional associations such as ATMS and AACMA. All Dr Li's practitioners are fully qualified professionals.
What should I expect during an Acupuncture session?
Typically, a person receiving acupuncture for the first time will be asked to provide a fairly extensive health history, including the condition you are seeking treatment for, and any lifestyle or behavioral patterns. [see What to Expect for more detail].
Once you are ready, you will be lying down in a relaxed position. The fine needles will be inserted into the various acupuncture points and will remain there for varying time periods.
The initial insertion may make the patient feel pricked or stung. However, the treatment should be relatively painless and comfortable for the duration that could extend to an hour or more.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatment plans are based on each patient's individual needs, depth and duration of disease. Our experienced practitioners will give you a prognosis and treatment plan at your first visit. Our goal is to help you feel better as soon as possible.
What are the common conditions Acupuncture is used for?
A better question to ask is, "What are the conditions that acupuncture cannot treat?" Acupuncture is recognized as a very safe method of encouraging the body to promote its own natural healing and improve overall function.
Some commonly treated conditions include:
- The common cold and flu
- Addictions (smoking, alcohol)
- Weight loss
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Women's health issues such as fibromyalgia, menstrual cramps, morning sickness
- Pain such as back pain, post operative pain, tennis elbow
- Stroke rehabilitation
- High blood pressure
- Dermatology issues
What are the benefits to Acupuncture?
Being a holistic approach, acupuncture treats the whole body during treatment of a specific condition.
Clinical trials have shown acupuncture to be beneficial, particularly in the treatment of pain, but the field of research is growing to include positive results for respiratory disorders, addiction, and weight loss as well.
Using acupuncture to quit smoking or acupuncture for weight loss may help strengthen the immune system, reduce anxiety, and provide more strength to continue the process necessary to make those big life changes.
Because of the very minimal side effects of acupuncture, and the positive reports from so many patients, it should be considered as an alternative or complementary treatment for many disorders.
How can Acupuncture help with weight loss?
Acupuncture can directly address the internal organs that determine our weight issues. Often an imbalance in the pancreas and liver leads to fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool, a feeling of heaviness, and the “triggers” that lead to cravings and compulsive eating.
From a Western perspective, acupuncture and herbal formulas have been shown to balance the nervous, endocrine, and digestive systems, food cravings, and metabolism. In turn this helps to energize the body, maximize nutrient absorption, normalize elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite, and reduce anxiety. Most patients report a marked decline in appetite and cravings with acupuncture alone but herbs, healing foods, and exercises can definitely enhance the efficacy of the treatments.
Acupuncture enhances metabolism to burn more fat; reduces appetite, detoxifies the digestive system, reduces cravings and addictions, and improves circulation and energy. Give acupuncture a try and resolve your weighty issues this summer!
What are the possible side effects of Acupuncture?
There are usually no side effects to acupuncture when it is performed properly. Some people report feeling a very brief stinging sensation, others report a dull ache around the needle site. Most of our patients report feeling nothing during the sessions.
Following acupuncture for treatment of some conditions, patients may report a slight worsening of symptoms briefly before they begin to feel better.
Also, brief changes in sleeping or eating patterns have been experienced. It is felt that these symptoms occur because the blocked Qi has been released and is flowing out, healing the body. These symptoms indicate that acupuncture is starting to work.
Most patients report an intense feeling of relaxation, and even occasionally a mild disorientation following acupuncture treatments. These effects are expected to wear off over the next 24-48 hours.
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