Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a complete medical system

Acupuncture: natural preventive medicinePracticed for over 3000 years, acupuncture and Chines Medicine an extremely effective healing modality.  Today we have unparalleled access to these ancient methods of healing with the advantage of incorporating the latest scientific understanding of biochemistry, physiology, and anatomy.  In Acupuncture, very thin surgical grade sterile needles are inserted into the skin to activate the body’s natural inclination to heal and repair itself.

It also incorporates herbal therapies, bodywork, nutrition, and exercise to restore homeostasis (balance) in the body.     Acupuncture is also extremely safe.  Licensed Acupuncturists pay lower malpractice insurance rates than any other medical professionals due the extraordinarily low risk to the patient.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

No.  Generally needle insertion is relatively pain free as the needles are extremely thin (about the thickness of a human hair).  Most of the time patients experience a feeling of slight tingling, dull pressure, or the sensation of movement at the point followed by a feeling of relaxed euphoria.

Does Acupuncture Work?

Yes.  Acupuncture is an empirically based medicine that has been effectively used for thousands of years.  Acupuncture is widely recognized as perhaps the most effective of any of the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) fields.  Acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as an effective treatment for a myriad of health conditions.

What Does Acupuncture Do?

Acupuncture works through all the major systems of the body but primarily through the Nervous, lymphatic, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems.  It directly affects the body in three primary ways by restoring homeostasis, reducing pain, and decreasing inflammation.

While scientists have measured numerous physiological effects of Acupuncture, there is no single unifying theory explaining exactly how it works from a biological standpoint.  That said, we generally know what it does, but not exactly how it gets us there.  This is not an uncommon situation in medicine.  Even today scientists are still unclear on the mechanisms of action of some of the most prescribed drugs in the world.  However Classical Chinese Medical theory describes every major physiological feature and function in the body.  The words are different but the descriptions of the physiological functions correlate to our modern understanding.

What is Electro-Acupuncture?

Electro-Acupuncture is performed by passing very small electric micro-current between two acupuncture needles.  Electro-acupuncture has been shown to decrease pain and inflammation and increase capillary circulation in injured areas.  Patients generally find electro-acupuncture  to be just as pleasant an experience as regular acupuncture.  I have found electro-acupuncture to be very effective when treating inflamed tendons, ligaments and joints as well as spasmed or shortened muscles.

What is Cupping?

Cupping is performed by placing glass or plastic cups are placed on the skin to create suction.  The suction increases circulation in the local area and can help to relax shortened and spasmed muscles.  Additionally it can stretch fascia (collagen based connective tissue) that surrounds muscles, blood vessels and nerves.

What is moxibustion

Moxibustion is a technique that uses mugwort to warm and heat acupuncture points.  By warming acupuncture points as opposed to inserting needles a different type of stimulation can be achieved.  Moxibustion has been shown to be effective in boosting the immune response in humans.  Additionally there is growing evidence that moxibustion may help to modulate the neuro-endocrine system.

What if I still have questions?

You are welcome to contact me via phone or email.  I am happy to talk to you and discuss your case as well as address any concerns you might have.  If would like to do more research please consult our FAQ page or look at Chris Kresser’s excellent article entitled Chinese Medicine Demystified.