- Does Acupuncture Work?
- Does Acupuncture Hurt?
- What can Acupuncture do for me?
- What can I expect during my first visit?
- Does insurance cover Acupuncture?
- What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
- What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?
- Interesting Websites
Does Acupuncture Work?
Yes, but don’t take our word for it…
Acupuncture has been used by millions of Americans and is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Mayo Pain Clinic.
The NIH published their Consensus Statement stating “The data in support of acupuncture are as strong as those for many accepted Western medical therapies. One of the advantages of acupuncture is that the incidence of adverse effects is substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.” *
The FDA regulates acupuncture needles as medical devices in the category of “safe and effective.”
The WHO recognizes over 40 health conditions effectively treated with acupuncture.
The Mayo Pain Clinic has been using acupuncture since 1974.
*National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, 1997
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Thanks to modern acupuncture technology, the ultra thin sterile needles we use are only a little thicker than a human hair! You could fit more than 10 acupuncture needles inside a regular hypodermic needle you know from the doctor’s office.
What can Acupuncture do for me?
Below is a list of some of the more common conditions treatable by Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.
- Allergies or asthma
- Autoimmune disorders
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Common cold or flu
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Dental pain
- Digestive complaints
- Facial pain
- Frozen shoulder
- Headache or migraine
- Induction of labor
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Malposition of the fetus
- Menstrual disorders
- Menopausal symptoms
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Post operative pain
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sinus problems
- Sprain or strain
- Tennis elbow
- …and much more
What can I expect during my first visit?
During your initial consultation, you will fill out a thorough medical history outlining previous conditions, current symptoms, possible hereditary disorders, etc. This will be used along with other diagnostic techniques to come up with a treatment strategy.
Your individualized treatment strategy will most likely include acupuncture, possibly a personalized herbal formula, along with dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The treatment will begin with the painless insertion of 10-20 ultra fine acupuncture needles into specific points on the body.
Most people find this deeply relaxing and many will drift off to sleep.
The treatment will last approximately 30 minutes. Expect a regular office visit to last about 1 hour, give yourself 1 1/2 hours for the initial consultation.
Does insurance cover Acupuncture?
Many policies do provide coverage for Acupuncture so just call your insurance provider for details on your individual policy.
What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?
Chinese Herbal Medicine pre-dates the use of Acupuncture by several thousand years. It is this long and distinguished history of Chinese Herbal Medicine being practiced on humans that has been used to test its safety and effectiveness.
Many of our modern medications come from these naturally occurring substances. Some of the herbs we use have anti-bacterial, anti-viral or anti-fungal properties. Others can help regulate heartbeat, raise or lower blood pressure, even boost overall immune levels by increasing white blood cell counts.
Chinese Herbal Medicine is often used in conjunction with Acupuncture in order to achieve the best and most long lasting results. An individualized herbal formula is often given to the patient at the end of an acupuncture treatment to be taken as advised. Most often the patient will take the prescribed dose 3 times a day until the condition subsides or until the next follow-up appointment.
What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?
Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation has been used in China for centuries by Emperors and the wealthy. This ancient technique has recently gained enormous popularity in the U.S. and abroad.
It is a painless, non-surgical and safe treatment used in defying the aging process. We use very fine, sterile needles which are inserted into specific points in the face and other parts of the body to stimulate the production of proteins in the skin to promote a firmer texture by filling in fine lines. This minimally invasive procedure increases blood flow to the face giving it a warm, radiant glow without wasting precious time for recuperation.
We also prescribe specific exercises for you to do at home to help tighten up the muscles of the face which will help you to look younger.
Here are some websites we recommend for information about Acupuncture and Health.
Chinese Exercise and Breathing Techniques
Effects of Dairy products on humans
Effects of Posture on pain