ACUPUNCTURE

How it Works:

Acupuncture is based on traditional Asian medicine, a highly effective health care system that has been used in the Orient for thousands of years.

The theory of acupuncture maintains that the body is healthy when energy, or Qi (pronounced "chee") correctly flows throughout "channels" within the body. These channels are said to connect to every organ and part of the body. Furthermore, when Qi flows freely throughout the channels, the body is said to be "in balance". However, if these channels become blocked, either by physical or emotional means, the body is considered to not be in balance.

Acupuncture is a tool that can unblock the channels to recreate balance in the body. In our modern lifestyle of stress, poor eating habits, and overwork, it is highly likely that many individuals suffer from imbalances that acupuncture can correct. 

Acupuncture treats health conditions that are connected to living a life that is not in balance, through the stimulation of points found at specific locations on the body. Acupuncturists stimulate these points by inserting thin needles through the skin. Other methods of stimulation, e.g. the application of heat, may also be  used to stimulate the points.

Proof That It Works

To some individuals, words like "energy" and "channels" may sound too abstract to consider acupuncture as a potential remedy to a nagging ailment. If you are a little unsure how acupuncture can help you, please consider that acupuncture's potential benefits are recognized throughout the world, and with success being seen more and more in the West, it is steadily becoming covered by more insurance companies in the United States. In November 1997, the National Institutes of Health created a panel of 12 physicians to review clinical research on the effectiveness of acupuncture. The panel determined that "There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value." The World Health Organization (WHO) has also identified more that 40 conditions for which acupuncture may be helpful. It is also worth noting that the adverse effects of acupuncture are significantly lower that that of pharmaceutical drugs or invasive medical procedures. At the bottom of the page, you can see the WHO chart with the conditions which they believe are alleviated through the use of acupuncture.

The focus of acupuncture research is whether acupuncture can alleviate pain. Studies have shown that acupuncture reduces pain and inflammation by stimulating the release of endorphins and increasing blood circulation after acupuncture has been administered.

Insurance

Acupuncture has proven to be so effective in treating pain that certain insurance companies are now covering acupuncture services. To find out whether your insurance company covers acupuncture, contact our office at (619) 764-9455 with the following information:

Treatable Conditions

The following are conditions that may be treated by acupuncture, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Musculoskeletal Disorders + Pain Management:

  • headache/migraine
  • upper + lower back pain
  • sciatica
  • shoulder + knee pain
  • osteoarthritis
  • tendonitis
  • fibromyalgia
  • chronic pain (of any kind)
  • acute injury (sprains + strains)
  • toothache + post-extraction pain

Mental/Emotional Disorders:

  • insomnia
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression

Reproductive + Genitourinary Disorders:

  • infertility (men + women)
  • oliguria + polyuria
  • urinary tract infection/cystitis
  • nocturnal enuresis - "bedwetting" (primary + secondary)
  • menstrual irregularity (dysmenorrhea + amenorrhea)
  • premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • impotence
  • low libido

Neurological Disorders:

  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • bell's palsy
  • neuropathy/radiculopathy
  • paralysis/post-stroke recovery
  • meniere's disease
  • neurogenic bladder dysfunction
  • intercostal neuralgia
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • multiple sclerosis
  • parkinson's disease

Respiratory Disorders:

  • bronchial asthma
  • allergies
  • acute sinusitis + rhinitis
  • common cold
  • acute tonsilitis
  • acute bronchitis

Addiction:

  • substance abuse
  • eating disorders
  • drug dependence
  • smoking

Gastrointestinal/Digestive Disorders:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • hiccough
  • indigestion
  • gastritis
  • diarrhea (acute + chronic)
  • constipation
  • acid regurgitation
  • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • colitis
  • gastritis
  • bacillary dysentery
  • duodenal ulcer (pain relief)

Eye Disorders:

  • acute conjunctivitis
  • central retinitis
  • myopia (in children)
  • cataracts (without complications)

Other:

  • anesthesia
  • hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • gingivitis
  • pharyngitis
  • and countless more...

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