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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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