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