What are the benefits of Acupuncture compared to Western Medicine?

Acupuncture promotes the natural healing systems of the body whereas Western Medicine tends to impose a change. This means that Acupuncture is a very powerful compliment to Western medical treatments, especially for chronic or degenerative conditions. It can also be very effective when used independently and has been shown to succeed in many cases where other healing modalities had not.  Certain conditions, most notably back pain and headaches, are currently being shown to have more improvement with acupuncture alone than western medical treatment.

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Are Acupuncture results due to a placebo effect?

Physiological changes after acupuncture are not a result of the placebo effect and in many cases will occur without conscious knowledge of the patient. Many of the results can be measured by scientific instruments observing neural, hormonal, or chemical changes taking place. Although these results give us an idea of some changes occurring in the body, it is only a superficial representation of the medicinal benefits of Acupuncture.

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Have there been any scientific studies supporting Acupuncture?

Yes.  If you would like to read some you can click on the following links: World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, Acupuncture Today.

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Is Acupuncture treatment painful?

Acupuncture needles are very fine, thin, and solid unlike hollow and thicker injection needles. Most people do not find it painful. The patient may feel a sensation of “electricity” or “heaviness” with insertion, but these are positive signs indicating what’s known as “activation” of the Acupuncture point.

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Are Acupuncture treatments safe?

Acupuncture is a very safe treatment. Practitioners are required to use disposable, sterile, single-use needles in our treatments. The areas of insertion are cleaned with the required 70% isopropyl alcohol prior to treatment.  Acupuncturists are trained to recognize if there are areas on the body that shouldn’t be treated.

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What should I expect during treatment and what should I bring?

Please bring or wear clothes that are easily accessible like loose fitting clothing, sweats, shorts, tank tops, etc. This will make the treatment go more smoothly and comfortably. The treatment will take from 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the condition of the patient. There will be a few minutes for assessment at the beginning and end of the treatment to closely track progress and increase the potential for a positive change. There may be accessory techniques used such as Tui Na (Chinese
Massage), Moxibustion, cupping, or electric stimulation of the needles to further enhance the treatment benefits.

First time patients will be asked to fill out a medical history form, informed consent, and notice of privacy form.  It is important to know any and all medications, vitamins, and/or neutraceuticals that are being taken, as well as allergies.

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What conditions are treatable by Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is suitable for many types of health related issues including chronic and degenerative diseases as well as acute conditions and pain. It also helps with the immune system by enhancing a weak response or moderation of an overactive one.

In 1979 The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a recommended provisional list of 43 kinds of diseases amenable to acupuncture treatment.

The list includes:
•     Gastrointestinal Disorders: food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia, chronic (acute) gastritis, enteritis, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, gastroptosis, etc.
•     Urogenital Disorders: stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, nephroptosia, nephritis, and sexual dysfunction, etc.
•     Gynecological Disorders: irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, amenorrhea, menopausal syndrome, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility in women and men, and all kinds of gynecological inflammation
•     Respiratory Disorders: emphysema, asthma, allergies, bronchitis, and pneumonitis
•     Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints and Nervous System: rheumatic (rheumatoid) arthritis, gout, sprain, tennis’ elbow, periarthritis of shoulder, lumbar muscle strain, prolapse of lumbar vertebral disc, cervical spondylopathy, stiff neck, migraine headaches, neurosis, neuralgia, sciatica, prosopalgia, facial spasm, facial paralysis, thecal cyst, insomnia and dizziness, etc.
•     Circulatory Disorders: hyper (hypo) tension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, anemia, coronary heart disease, thrombocytopenic purpura, paralysis, sequela of apoplexy, etc.
•      Emotional and Psychological Disorders: depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, epilepsy, etc. Infectious Diseases: hepatitis, pulmonary tuberculosis, influenza, epidemic parotitis, poliomyelitis, etc.
•      Dermatosis: urticaria, eczema, acne, alopecia areata, seborrheic dermatitis, neurodermatitis, vitiligo, chloasma, cutaneous pruritus
•      Five Sense Organs’ Diseases: tinnitus, otitis media, dysaudia, sinusitis, tonsillitis, pharyngolaryngitis, toothache, conjunctivitis, myopia, heterotropy, glaucoma, cataract, etc.
•      Addictions: alcohol, nicotine, drugs, obesity, baldness, parasitosis
•      Supportive therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders

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