What is acupuncture and how does it work?
Acupuncture is a 3,000-year-old traditional Chinese technique that aims to improve the body’s functions and promote the natural self-healing process. Acupuncture stimulates specific anatomic points, commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints. Insertion of fine, sterile needles into the skin is the most common method used to stimulate acupoints, which is further enhanced by pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation. Manual massage, moxibustion or heat therapy, cupping, and the application of topical herbal medicines are some other acupoint stimulation techniques.

Acupuncture is based on an ancient philosophy which describes the universe, and the body, in terms of two opposing forces: yin and yang. It is believed that the body is healthy only when these forces are in balance. Energy, called “qi” flows throughout the body along the meridians which are specific pathways. This flow of energy keeps the yin and yang forces balanced. However, if the flow of energy is congested, the disruption can lead to pain, lack of function, or illness. Acupuncture therapy releases blocked qi in the body and stimulates function. Recent studies have proven acupuncture’s effects on the nervous system, endocrine and immune systems, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. Acupuncture helps resolve pain, improve sleep, and give a sense of well-being.

How is an Acupuncture therapy conducted?
You will first be asked about your health history by your acupuncturist. Then, your tongue will be examined, followed by your pulse. Depending on your health, some additional physical examinations may be performed. With all the gathered details, your acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan that addressed your condition. After, these procedures, your acupuncture treatment begins. You will be asked to lay on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body, they are retained in position between five and 30 minutes. Most people feel no or minimal discomfort during this process in fact, people report that they feel very relaxed.

How many treatments are required?
The frequency and number of treatments depend on your condition. Some may get relief in the first treatment while some who have complex or long-standing chronic conditions, one to two treatments per week for several months may be recommended. Your acupuncturist will probably discuss an individualized treatment plan during your initial visit.

What are the benefits of acupuncture?
Clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully treats conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems to nausea, migraine headache, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and infertility.

Case-controlled clinical studies report that acupuncture has been an effective treatment for the following diseases, symptoms and conditions:

• Allergic rhinitis
• Biliary colic
• Depression
• Dysentery, acute bacillary
• Dysmenorrhoea
• Epigastralgia
• Facial pain
• Headache
• Hypertension, essential
• Hypotension, primary
• Induction of labor
• Knee pain
• Leukopenia
• Low back pain
• Malposition of fetus, correction
• Morning sickness
• Nausea and vomiting
• Neck pain
• Toothache
• Periarthritis of shoulder
• Postoperative pain
• Renal colic
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Sciatica
• Sprain
• Stroke
• Tennis elbow

The following diseases, symptoms and conditions have limited but probable evidence to support the therapeutic use of acupuncture:
• Abdominal pain
• Acne vulgaris
• Alcohol dependence and detoxification
• Bell’s palsy
• Bronchial asthma
• Cancer pain
• Cardiac neurosis
• Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation
• Cholelithiasis
• Competition stress syndrome
• Craniocerebral injury, closed
• Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent
• Earache
• Epidemic haemorrhagic fever
• Epistaxis, simple
• Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
• Female infertility
• Facial spasm
• Female urethral syndrome
• Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
• Gastrokinetic disturbance
• Gouty arthritis
• Hepatitis B virus carrier status
• Herpes zoster
• Hyperlipaemia
• Hypo-ovarianism
• InsomniaLabour pain
• Lactation, deficiency
• Male sexual dysfunction
• Ménière disease
• Neuralgia, post-herpetic
• Neurodermatitis
• Obesity
• Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
• Osteoarthritis
• Pain due to endoscopic examination
• Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
• Polycystic ovary syndrome
• Post-extubation in children
• Postoperative convalescence
• Premenstrual syndrome
• Prostatitis, chronic
• Pruritus
• Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
• Raynaud syndrome, primary
• Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection
• Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
• Retention of urine, traumatic
• Schizophrenia
• Sialism, drug-induced
• Sjögren syndrome
• Sore throat
• Spine pain
• Stiff neck
• Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
• Tietze syndrome
• Tobacco dependence
• Tourette syndrome
• Ulcerative colitis, chronic
• Urolithiasis
• Vascular dementia
• Whooping cough

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