Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve overall health and well-being. Acupuncture can be useful as a stand-alone treatment, but it can also be very effective in conjunction with chiropractic. It is safe when performed properly with very few side effects. It is becoming more available in conventional medical settings such as major hospitals. It may be an alternative to pain medications. The effectiveness of acupuncture has many medical doctors now seeking training in acupuncture and utilizing it in their own practices.

Studies indicate that acupuncture may offer relief for a variety of diseases and conditions. A partial list of some of the conditions for which acupuncture has been utilized:

  • Neck and Back pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
  • Hip, leg, knee, ankle, foot pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Headache and Migraine
  • Nausea
  • Sinus Problems
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Constipation and Diarrhea
  • Impotence and Infertility
  • Urinary problems such as incontinence
  • Menstrual Cramps and Irregular Periods
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis Pain and Rhematoid Arthritis
  • TMJ / Jaw pain
  • Facial pain and tics
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Vertigo and Dizziness
  • Balance Disorders
  • Whiplash
  • Sciatica
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heartburn or indigestion
  • Gastritis and Colitis
  • Ulcers
  • Bladder and kidney infections
  • PMS
  • Memory problems
  • Sensory Disturbances
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Allergies
  • Post-surgery pain relief
  • Weight Loss
  • Some Cancer-Related pain

The effects of acupuncture are complex. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points, located near or on the surface of the skin, which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to achieve the desired effect. Some of the physiological effects observed throughout the body include increased circulation, decreased inflammation, relief from pain, relief of muscle spasms, increased blood circulation, reduction of cholesterol and triglyceride levels, regulation of blood sugar levels, and increased T-cell count, which stimulates the immune system. Western Medical explanation of acupuncture incorporates modern concepts of neuroscience. Traditional Chinese Medicine definition of acupuncture explains in terms of energy and a harmonious balance of life force known as the qi or chi. Regardless of the explanation, one thing is for certain…acupuncture is effective.

During an acupuncture session, you may feel a brief, sharp sensation when the needle is inserted, but generally the procedure isn't painful. It's common, however, to feel a deep aching sensation when the needle reaches the correct depth. After placement, the needles are sometimes moved gently or stimulated with electricity or heat. As many as a dozen needles may need to be placed for each treatment. Once the needles are inserted, they're usually left in place for 5 to 20 minutes.