WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is an ancient health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Authorities agree the science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. Medical research continues in this country and others to explain acupuncture in western scientific terms, what the ancient Asians thousands of years ago had described. Today, many theories have been postulated as to why Acupuncture is so effective in pain control and condition response. Acupuncture's goal is to restore normalcy to the body's energy field (Chi) by stimulating a combination of specific acupoints through a number of different applications, the needle being just one of them. Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique. Therefore there are many ways to stimulate an acupoint other than the traditional needle. Many practitioners use electronic stimulation, laser beam, or pressure massage to effectively stimulate an acupoint.
IS TREATMENT PAINFUL?
One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most people can relate to having a hypodermic injection or being stuck by a pin. However, four to five Acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle. That's how small they are. For those who do not want needles- there are many other ways to stimulate an Acupoint without needles. An example is what is called a "Teishein". The tapping teishein "needle" is not really a needle as it does not pierce the skin. It produces a mild topical sensation over the acupoint which may be compared to a ballpoint pen striking the skin. This form of stimulation has been successfully used for centuries.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP?
Acupuncture has its primary effect on all physiological functions of the body, therefore it has shown incredible success in a multitude of conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) lists over 100 specific pain and organ conditions which specifically respond to Acupuncture. Examples include: arthritis, digestive problems, chronic pain, headaches, allergies, adverse symptoms from chemotherapy, and many others. (click on link below to see complete list)
WHO Acupuncture condition list
Acupuncture has gained a great deal of notoriety in recent years concerning its considerable success with addiction control. It has been shown that Acupuncture has a very positive effect in the area of both drug and alcohol addiction. This procedure, in conjunction with professional counseling has been proven extremely effective.
One of the most noteworthy addictions Acupuncture helps is SMOKING. The average patient will reduce their intake by at least half within the twenty-four hours of the first treatment. Some quit completely after the first treatment. Several additional treatments generally allow the patient to stop without experiencing the negative side affects of quitting. Acupuncture has also shown to be effective with WEIGHT CONTROL by reducing hunger.