Acupuncture is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which builds upon a framework of ancient philosophy and theory that has origins in pre-history, before writing was developed. It involves the insertion of fine needles, thinner than a strand of human hair, into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health conditions. These points have been used for over two thousand years and their locations have been validated by electromagnetic measurements. In modern times, acupuncture tools have come to include traditional body needling, electric acupuncture (electro-acupuncture), laser acupuncture (photo-acupuncture), microsystem acupuncture such as ear (auricular), face, hand and scalp acupuncture, and acupressure (the application of pressure at selected sites), as well as needle-less techniques using magnets or seeds.
Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese theories of the flow of qi (a fine, essential substance which nourishes and constructs the body) through distinct channels that exist in and around us. Imbalance and obstruction to this flow correlates with disease; acupuncture is a tool used for millennia to correct health problems by regulating this flow properly.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When performed properly by a well-trained and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is extremely safe. Our clinic uses individually packaged, disposable needles. "Unlike many drugs, it is non-toxic, and adverse reactions are minimal. This is probably one of the chief reasons why acupuncture is so popular in the treatment of chronic pain in many countries. ..Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency."
What Conditions are Treated with Acupuncture?
After reviewing over 250 controlled clinical trials for diseases or disorders in which acupuncture therapy had been tested, the World Health Organization acknowledged that it was proven to be therapeutic and helpful for many conditions including:
Ear, Nose and Throat:
- Angina pectoris
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Food allergies
- Nausea and vomiting
- Menstrual Irregularities
- Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/ or chemotherapy
- Colds and flus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Neurological & Psychoemotional:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Frozen shoulder
- Low back pain
- Tennis elbow
- Neuralgia (intercostal & trigeminal)
- Paralysis (post-stroke)
Pain relief in:
- Induction of labor
- Malposition of fetus, correction of
- Morning sickness
- Back pain
- Dentistry pain (including dental pain & temporomandibular dysfunction)
- Facial pain
- Knee pain
- Benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH)