What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a healthcare practice that originated in China over 2,500 years ago. It involves stimulation of acupuncture points on or in the skin, encouraging the flow of energy (referred to as Qi or Chi). The most accepted methods employ thin, solid, metallic needles, which are manipulated manually or by electrical stimulation.
We use a variety of acupuncture techniques, including electroacupuncture, dependant on the needs of the individual patient. There are approximately thirty methods of stimulation, but we typically use of the following techniques:
- Long needle insertion
- Short needle penetration
- Non-piercing needles
- Fingertip pressure
- Metallic balls taped to acupuncture points
- Electrical stimulation
How Effective is Acupuncture?
Today, many doctors send their patients to acupuncturists because many medications only mask health issues instead of correcting the actual problem. For example, Dr. Oz touts the use of acupuncture for the following conditions:
- Muscle spasms
- Neurological issues
- Heart disease
- Weight management
- Skin problems
Prevention magazine recommends acupuncture for:
- Allergy relief
- Acid Reflux
- Acid reflux
- Chronic pain
- Better sleep
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Program assesses health technology. The following quote is from the NIH:
“There have been many studies of (acupuncture’s) potential usefulness… Promising results have emerged… for example, efficacy of acupuncture in adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in post-operative dental pain. There are other situations such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and asthma where acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comprehensive management program.”
The Bottom Line
Textbooks list hundreds of conditions that respond well to acupuncture. We often use acupuncture (through both traditional and modern techniques) to treat the following conditions:
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Muscular rheumatism
- Neuralgia of the shoulders and arm
- Tennis elbow
- Stomach problems
- Asthma, bronchitis, shortness of breath and coughs
- Heart trouble
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Bladder Irritation
- Kidney problems
- Female disorders
- Weak eyesight
- Hay fever
- Loss of smell
- Loss of hearing
- Skin conditions
- Nervous or psychiatric conditions (anxiety, stress, etc.)
Why Combine Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care?
We usually combine these two techniques because we find them to be complementary medicines, enhancing the results of healthcare treatments.
Chiropractic adjustments improve communication between the brain and the body, and acupuncture enables healthy flow of energy. A skilled professional can deliver impressive health improvements in a very short period of time.
Looking for a Lake Norman Acupuncturist or Chiropractor?
Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will get you started on your journey toward better physical health. Take the first step by scheduling a complimentary, no-obligation consultation. Call (704) 947-7272 or use our simple online contact form.
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