From a Western perspective, acupuncture stimulates parts of the brain and body to release natural biomolecules such as neurotransmitters (endorphins), vasodilators and hormones. Scientific research shows that these biomolecules trigger the immune system and pain regulating mechanisms, and the effects are measurable and documented. Studies done through CT, MRI, Neuroimaging, Thermal Imaging and Ultrasound prove the effects of acupuncture are beneficial.
The World Health Organization has said that acupuncture is suitable for treating the following:
- Ear, nose, and throat disorders, toothaches, pain after tooth extraction, earaches, sinus inflammation, nasal inflammation, or dryness.
- Respiratory disorders, uncomplicated bronchial asthma in children or adults.
- Gastrointestinal disorders, digestive tract problems, hiccups, inflammation of the stomach, chronic duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the colon, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery caused by certain bacteria.
- Eye disorders, inflammation of the conjunctiva, inflammation of the central retina, nearsightedness (in children), and uncomplicated cataracts.
- Nervous system and muscular disorders
- Headaches, migraines, certain facial paralysis or nerve pain, partial weakness after a stroke, inflammation of nerve endings, bed-wetting, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain and osteoarthritis.
For more information please look at our research on acupuncture page here.
Depending on the nature of the problem, location of the points selected, the patient’s size, age and constitution (and on the acupuncturist’s style or school), the needles can be inserted anywhere from from ¼ to 1 inch.
No. Really 🙂
The needles are less than the diameter of a human hair. A dull pressure, warmth or tingling sensation is often felt during the treatment and most people are amazed by how relaxed they feel (and often fall asleep). You might feel a momentary prick around the needle as it is inserted.
Because acupuncture is so efficient, most patients agree that the benefits of receiving acupuncture outweigh any initial concerns they may have had 🙂
As long as a licensed professional performs it, acupuncture is extremely safe.
Do not allow anybody to perform “dry needling” on you – not only is it ILLEGAL in state of Florida, but it is performed by somebody who is not properly trained to insert needles in you. Those individuals took a weekend course (35 hours on average) and can harm you.
If you were to have a surgery, would you rather go to a real doctor with extensive years of training or somebody who took a weekend training to learn how to operate on people?
Get acupuncture from a licensed acupuncture physician.
This depends on the condition of the individual. Many conditions are alleviated and/or resolved rather quickly by acupuncture, but in case of chronic conditions that developed over many years – a longer course of treatment will be required (and will probably require herbal treatments also). As in any form of healing, the patient’s attitude and participation affects the outcome of a course of treatments.
Come to your treatment wearing comfortable clothes. Patients usually remain clothed during treatment; however, gowns and linens will always be available if partial disrobing is required (doesn’t happen often). Please eat a few hours before your treatment so you’re not too hungry or too full for your visit/treatment.
Please refrain from caffeine, alcohol and strenuous physical activity following acupuncture.
The answer is – just about anything! But check out a few!
Acupuncture and Gastrointestinal disorders:
Food allergies, peptic ulcer, constipation, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, gastrointestinal weakness, anorexia, and gastritis.
Acupuncture and Urogenital disorders:
Stress incontinence, urinary tract infections and sexual dysfunction.
Acupuncture and Gynecological disorders:
Including irregular, heavy or painful menstruation, PMS, infertility in women and men, menopausal symptoms, childbirth and lactation support, Erectile Dysfunction.
Acupuncture and Respiratory disorders:
Emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies and bronchitis.
Acupuncture and Pain management/ Musculoskeletal and nervous system disorders:
Arthritis, neuralgia, migraine headaches, insomnia, dizziness, tendonitis, tennis elbow, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, whiplash, sports injuries
Hypertension, anemia, edema, stroke, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis.
Acupuncture and Emotional and psychological disorders:
Depression, Emotional traumas, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), mania, anxiety, stress and grief, PTSD.
Acupuncture and Addictions:
Alcohol, nicotine, and many types of drug addiction.
Yes, acupuncture is very beneficial as an ongoing health maintenance program (think “Tune Up”). Just as you would go to your general practitioner for a check-up, you can visit to your acupuncturist for seasonal acupuncture treatments as it is a good preventative care.
Many companies cover acupuncture. If you are uncertain about your coverage, we will be happy to verify your benefits for you. If covered, you will be responsible for your co-pay, and we will bill your insurance company directly
Cash, checks and most credit cards are the accepted forms of payment.
- You need to RELAX 🙂 Ask your practitioner any questions as they occur to you so you can get the most benefit possible from the treatment.
- Avoid sudden movements or changing the position. Inform your practitioner if you need to adjust
- We’re here to help you.
- Rarely people experience dizziness, nausea, cold sweats or faintness during the treatment, in most cases due to nervousness. Inform your practitioner immediately so he can remove or adjust the needles.
Some patients experience an immediate, total or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last, or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief (remember, chronic conditions), but symptoms may diminish over the next couple of days. Most patients will have more questions than I can answer here, but please feel free to ask us.
WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING A PART IN YOUR JOURNEY FROM ILLNESS TO WELLNESS!