What is Acupuncture?
- Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that entails stimulating certain points on the body, based on the theory of qi. Qi (Chee) is a theory of energy flow through and around the body though meridians. Acupuncture helps unblock or influence chi to get the energy flow back into balance in order to prevent illness. Acupuncturists believe that illness occurs when chi is blocked or unbalanced. Constant flow of qi through meridians keeps the yin and yang forces balanced.
- Acupuncture is done by insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin to stimulate acupoints. Heat, pressure, or mild electrical current is often used along with needles in order to enhance the effects.
What conditions are commonly treated by Acupuncture?
- Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) - Biliary colic - Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) - Dysentery, acute bacillary - Dysmenorrhoea, primary - Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm) - Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) - Headache - Hypertension, essential - Hypotension, primary - Induction of labor - Knee pain - Leukopenia - Low back pain - Malposition of fetus, correction - Migraines - Morning sickness - Nausea and vomiting - Neck pain - Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction) - Periarthritis of shoulder - Postoperative pain - Renal colic - Rheumatoid arthritis - Sciatica - Sprain - Stroke - Tennis elbow - Smoking Cessation - Drugs - Alcohol - Anxiety - Weight Control - Dermatological Disorders - Diabetes - Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects - Vascular dementia - Whooping cough (pertussis)