Acupuncture is the insertion and manipulation of needles into specific points along the meridians of the body to generate a therapeutic response. Although many people experience rapid relief from acupuncture, the therapy is best used in a series of treatments to relieve concerns, correct the imbalance, and maintain wellness. As health improves, fewer visits are needed.
Conditions commonly treated with acupuncture include: Addiction, Anxiety/Depression Relief, Digestive Disorders, Headaches/Migraines, Pain Relief, Sleep Disorders, Stress and Weight Management. It is often performed for pre and post operative care for managing inflammation and wound healing. Acupuncture treatment modalities may include Electrical Stimulation (E-Stim), TDP Infrared Heat Therapy, Cupping, Gua Sha, Tuina, Dry Needling and Moxabustion.
What is a visit like?
General Acupuncture Information: After a personal and confidential consultation, the doctor will create a customized plan to assist in achieving your healthcare goals. During your acupuncture visit, extremely fine, sterile, single-use disposable acupuncture needles will be inserted in specific acupoints on the body. A general feeling of warmth or a tingling sensation is common during the healing experience. The length of treatment time varies based on the patient’s health but typically lasts 15-30 minutes. Although many people experience rapid relief from acupuncture, the therapy is best used in a series of treatments to relieve concerns, correct the imbalance, and maintain wellness. As health improves, fewer visits are needed.
Electrical Stimulation (E-stim) is the application of electricity to specific acupoints on the body, typically by attaching electrodes to acupuncture needles, to relieve pain, calm or activate nerves, and increase circulation. E-stim acupuncture therapy is very successful for treating acute and chronic pain, sports injuries, back pain, and other muscle and joint ailments.
TDP Infrared Heat Therapy is an FDA approved heat lamp designed to relieve chronic pain and arthritis. TDP heat lamps use a specific wavelength of light (infrared) to apply therapeutic heat to skin, muscles, and joints. Infrared therapy has been clinically proven to relieve pain, improve circulation, reduce inflammation, stimulate healing, and strengthen immunity.
What can be treated with Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is helpful in alleviating many common health concerns:
Weight Loss: Acupuncture successfully treats obesity. Recent studies conclude that a combination of auricular acupuncture points is effective for weight loss in overweight individuals. Combining auricular acupuncture with body acupuncture will assist the body in improving lymphatic drainage, decreasing inflammation, restoring digestion and elimination, reducing weight and cravings, and regulating sleep; while personalized dietary and lifestyle changes will increase lean body mass and promote fat loss.
Wellness & Longevity: Seasonal treatments for immunity and balance among organ systems to prolong healthy life. Treatments are specifically designed to regulate circulation, providing nourishment to the brain, skin and muscles. Suggested treatments may also include diet recommendations, herbal medicine and other health supplements tailored to the patient’s specific lifestyle and health goals.
Pain Reduction: is the most common acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture reduces pain quickly, safely, and effectively without any harmful side-effects. Performing acupuncture on specific points on the body will reduce inflammation, calm the nerves, speed healing and relieve pain.
Stress/Anxiety Relief: Acupuncture is commonly used for treating stress, anxiety, and depression. The World Health Organization and the Unites States military now encourage its use as “first-line” therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression due to its high efficacy and safety profile. Acupuncture works to relieve stress, anxiety and depression by establishing a hormone balance that calms nerves and improves mood. Beneficial side effects also include improved digestion and more restful sleep, which also aid in relieving stress-induced symptoms.
Dermatology: Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of dermatologic conditions. Recent studies show efficacy for skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, urticaria, dermatitis, and HPV. Evidence suggests that acupuncture alters the immune system’s inflammatory response, the autonomic nervous system, and the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis via the peripheral sensory receptors.
Fertility: Recent studies show a significantly increased rate of pregnancy in acupuncture treatment groups. It has been shown that acupuncture increases blood flow to the endometrium, producing a thicker lining, which may also increase the odds of pregnancy. Through clinical trials, we know acupuncture generates hormonal responses, reducing inflammation and decreasing the body’s stress response, which helps keep the body in a comfortable and relaxed state. In men, acupuncture has also been shown to increase sperm motility and promote a healthy libido.
Addiction and Smoking Cessation: Acupuncture works to ease the mental and physical response of withdrawal. Evidence suggests acupuncture helps the body establish a consistent equilibrium by regulating the autonomic nervous system and the production of endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller). Acupuncture helps prevent the cravings associated with the “ups and downs” of addiction. Treatments focus on detoxification, normalizing blood pressure, reducing anxiety and stress, boosting immune function, improving sleep, and increasing energy.