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"From the viewpoint of modern medicine, the principle action of acupuncture (and of moxibustion) is to regulate the function of the human body and to increase its resistance by enhancing the immune system and the antiphlogistic (anti-inflammatory), analgesic (anti-pain), antispastic, antishock and antiparalytic abilities of the body."

--from the World Health Organization
 
What is Acupuncture?
 
Acupuncture is the insertion of sterile, solid, disposable needles into standardized acupuncture points. The needles are inserted to stimulate the body’s own healing and defense mechanisms. There is nothing injected during an acupuncture treatment.
 
At its most effective, each patient is assessed in a holistic manner. While the patient is treated to alleviate a specific problem, physical, emotional, and environmental stresses are also addressed. As the mind body connections are addressed, treatments are therefore unique to each individual.
 
What conditions does acupuncture help?
 
The following is a guide to help determine which diagnosis may be most responsive to acupuncture. This is not complete, but is a listing of some commonly treated problems. In no way does this listing advocate acupuncture as an alternative to traditional medicine, rather as a complimentary tool for total patient health and quality of life.


 
§ RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
 
How acupuncture helps: Decreased inflammation and pain, enhanced immune system response
 
Sample conditions include:
Asthma (including muscular dysfunction/spasticity due to chronic use of accessory muscles to breathe)
Chronic/acute bronchitis
Common cold
Rhinitis (allergies)
Sinusitis
Bell’s Palsy
 
§ CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
 
 How acupuncture helps: Regulation of the autonomic nervous system
 
Sample conditions include:
Congestive heart failure (CHF) – to help decrease sympathetic nerve activity
High/low blood pressure
Palpitations
 
§ NEUROLOGICAL AND MUSCULO-SKELETAL DISORDERS
 
 How acupuncture helps: Decreased muscular spasticity, inflammation and pain, decreased neurological pain, increased blood flow.
 
Sample conditions include:
Acute/chronic injury
Enhance athletic performance/decrease recovery time
Bell’s Palsy (best in the earliest stages)
Headaches (non-specific, tension)
Low back pain
Migraines
Osteoarthritis
Pareses following a stroke
Peripheral neuropathies
Repetitive motion injury: Carpal tunnel syndrome, “tennis elbow”, “golfer’s elbow”, “frozen shoulder”, neck pain and tension, etc.
Sciatica
Tendonitis
Trigeminal neuralgia
Fibromyalgia
Chronic fatigue syndrome
TMJ and jaw pain
 
 
§ GASTRO-INTESTINAL SYSTEM
 
How acupuncture helps: Regulation of the gastro-intestinal tract, decreased inflammation and pain, regulation of smooth muscle activity.
 
Sample conditions include:
Acid reflux
Chronic stomach discomfort
Colitis
Constipation (chronic/acute)
Cramping
Diarrhea (functional, will not treat infection alone)
Gastritis
Gastric hyperacidity
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Generalized feeling that food will not “go down”
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Nausea/vomiting
Pain control
Paralytic ileus
 
§ GYNOLOGICAL/URINARY SYSTEMS*
 
How acupuncture helps: Regulation of hormone levels/cycles, regulation of smooth muscle function
 
Sample conditions include:
Breast tenderness
Hot flashes
Infertility (non-structural)
Irregular menses
Menopause/perimenopause
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Painful menses
Premenstrual syndrome
 
§ EMOTIONAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES
 
How acupuncture helps: Regulation of the autonomic nervous system, regulation of mood swings
 
 Sample conditions include:
Stress/burnout
Depression
Anxiety
Premenstrual syndrome
Insomnia
Substance abuse (as an adjunct to other therapies)
 
§ TRAUMA
 
How acupuncture helps: Decrease pain and inflammation, decrease muscle spasticity, increase blood flow to the effected area, and decrease situational anxiety and/or depression
 
Sample conditions include:
Strains
Carpal Tunnel
Motor vehicle accident
Tooth extraction
Post-surgical healing
Repetitive motion injury
 
CONTRAINDICATIONS:
 
Undiagnosed pain of unspecified etiology
As the only treatment of cancer
Medical emergencies or surgical conditions
 
*While certain acupuncture points and styles of needling may be contraindicated during pregnancy, in general, acupuncture may be used.
 
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