What Can Acupuncture Treat?
According to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes for Health, and clinical experience, acupuncture is useful in the treatment of:
Chronic & Acute Pain Injuries
Headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
Post-stroke recovery, Bell's palsy & Trigeminal neuralgia, movement disorders
Upper Respiratory Disorders
Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu
Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers
Urinary & Reproductive Disorders
Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms
Recurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer and AIDS patients
Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs
Eye & Ear Disorders
Tinnitus, Meniere's disease
Depression, Anxiety & Insomnia
During your first office visit you will be asked about your health condition, lifestyle and behavior. We will want to obtain a complete picture of your treatment needs and behaviors that may contribute to your condition.
Examination will include inspection of the tongue as well as palpation of the 12 pulses and possibly individual acupuncture points. Inform us about all treatments or medications you are taking and all medical conditions you have. The initial evaluation may take up to 60 minutes with subsequent appointments lasting a half-hour. A common treatment plan for a single complaint would typically involve 4 to 6 treatments scheduled over a few months. Several maintenance sessions a year may also be recommended.
Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, disposable and hair-thin. Patients experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Between 6 and 20 needles are used in a typical treatment. Once in place, the needles may be gently moved or twirled. In most cases, the needles will remain in place for 15 to 30 minutes while you lie still and relax. There is usually no sensation of discomfort when the needles are removed.
Acupuncture points are located in all areas of the body and many times appropriate points are far removed from the area of your pain. You will be told of the general location of the planned treatment and we will place you in a comfortable position to insert the needles. Patients typically lie down on a padded table however, some patients may be seated in a comfortable chair.