How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture has been shown to work with the following body systems:
Nervous System - triggers the release of pain–killing endorphins.
Immune System - stimulates the body’s natural healing ability.
Endocrine - regulates reproductive hormones. Also, stimulates the release of hormones that regulate serotonin in the brain.
Circulatory - increases blood circulation and regulates vasodilation & constriction.
By supporting all of these systems, acupuncture helps prevent the onset of disease.
What can acupuncture treat?
Below is a partial list of the conditions treated by acupuncture:
RESPIRATORY : asthma, allergies, common cold, flu, cough, bronchitis, sinusitis, rhinitis.
CIRCULATORY : hypertension, arteriosclerosis, palpitations, chest pain.
DIGESTIVE : indigestion, gastritis, IBS, constipation, diarrhea, colitis, abdominal pain, stomachache, nausea & vomiting, ulcers, acid reflux.
EMOTIONAL : anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia, drug, alcohol and nicotine addiction.
NEUROLOGICAL : headache, migraine, TMJ, Bell’s Palsy, carpal tunnel syndrome, post–stroke syndrome, numbness, tremors.
GYNECOLOGICAL : PMS, menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, palpitations, irritability, mood swings), endometriosis, infertility, painful menstruation, irregular menstruation, low libido
UROGENITAL : bladder infection, frequent urination, incontinence.
PAIN : back pain, neck pain, shoulder & elbow pain, knee pain, wrist pain, ankle pain, post–operative pain, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, sprains and strains.
OTHER : Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, skin conditions: Eczema, Acne, Edema, weight management, health & wellness maintenance.
Is acupuncture effective?
Yes. Oriental medicine is the oldest continually practiced form of medicine in existence. It has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years. Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have recognized acupuncture as effective for a wide range of acute and chronic conditions. The World Health Organization has said of acupuncture: “the sheer weight of evidence demands that acupuncture must be taken seriously as a clinical procedure of considerable value.”
Is acupuncture’s effectiveness just a placebo effect?
No. Acupuncture has been widely used to treat a variety of domestic animals. It is regularly used to treat racehorses. These animals do not understand nor believe in acupuncture, but that does not prevent them from getting well.
Is acupuncture safe?
Yes. By law, acupuncturists in the state of California must use sterile, single-use disposable needles. This virtually eliminates the risk of infection. Additionally, all acupuncturists must be licensed by the state of California after completing four years of training and education. This rigorous program includes 3000 hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical residency. Finally, all acupuncturists practicing in the state are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours continuing education every 2 years to keep their license current.
Is acupuncture painful?
Generally patients do not experience pain. Acupuncture needles are about the width of a human hair, and, upon insertion, most patients feel little (like bug-bite) or no pain. The insertion is quick and usually goes unnoticed. Patients report a sensation of warmth, heaviness, tingling, or a dull ache. But let our practitioner know, when you feel constant sharp pain. Far from painful, acupuncture is often described by patients as a profoundly relaxing experience. Many patients fall into a deep and restful sleep and wake feeling refreshed.
Will I need to undress?
Maybe. Just remove shoes and socks and we recommend that you wear loose–fitting clothing so that sleeves and pant–legs can be rolled up. But we practice a style of acupuncture that mostly uses points located on the extremities to treat problems anywhere in the body, we may need treat your abdomen or back area. In this situation, you may undress and we will provide a gown or cover your body with towel or blanket.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions required will depend on the individual patient and the condition. For complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. For acute problems, usally fewer visits are required, usually eight to ten visits in total. An individual treatment plan that includes the expected number of treatment will be discussed during your initial visit.