What Does Acupuncture Treat?
The nature of Chinese Medicine allows it to treat a wide variety of conditions, including: pain, headaches, digestive problems, menstrual cramps, sports and work-related injuries, among many others. It generally can be used as the treatment of choice for sprains and strains, allergies, poor digestion, menstrual problems, menopause, headaches, neck and back pain, fatigue, stress, and other minor and self-limiting illnesses. I recently have discovered a treatment protocol for Bunions.
Oriental Medicine is also a wonderful adjunct for speeding recovery from major trauma, surgery, and strokes, treating the side effects of cancer chemotherapy, enhancing the effectiveness of alcohol and substance abuse recovery programs.
The following is a top twenty-five conditions Licensed Acupuncturists treated based on a 1996 California State Survey.
- Anxiety, Depression, Stress & Insomnia
- Asthma & Allergies
- Pain Conditions
- Arthritis, Tendonitis & Joint pain, Sciatica
- Work Related & Motor Vehicle Accident injuries
- Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia, Arthritis
- Frozen Shoulder, Tennis elbow
- Degenerative Disk Disorders and
- Hip/Back pain
- Headaches, Migraines
- Diet / Nutrition and Weight Control
- Hip / Back Pain
- Intestinal & Digestive
- Constipation, Diarrhea
- Women’s Health
- Menopause, PMS, Menstrual
How Does Acupuncture Work?
In most western cultures acupuncture is considered an alternative medicine. In reality, acupuncture and other traditional Chinese medicines have been practiced for over 5,000 years. Basically, acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles on the body surface to influence physiological functioning. Acupoints can also be stimulated using micro-current frequency and as a result no needles are used.
We have an energy force running throughout our bodies. This energy force is known as Qi (chee). This energy is essential for all of life’s activities – emotional, mental, and physical. A person’s health is influenced by the flow of Qi in the body.
Qi travels throughout the body via “meridians,” or pathways. Acupuncture points are very specific locations where the meridian (or pathway) comes to the surface and is easily stimulated with acupressure, acupuncture or micro-current frequency (non needle stimulation).
When the vital energy of our body does not flow properly, illness or pain can occur. Acupuncture can restore the delicate balance in our bodies by adjusting the flow of energy passing through these meridians.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine view the body as a whole, with interconnections of meridians and organ systems. The concept of Yin and Yang are the two fundamental principles of opposites. The holistic balance between Yin and Yang is dynamic and constantly changing. The interactions and adjustments of these forces keep the entire system in balance. Yin (feminine) is the dark, passive, cold, wet, nurturing, night qualities and Yang (male) is bright, heat, activity, dry, daytime qualities. Universal harmony is achieve as these two energies are equal, neither side can be considered superior to the other and ensure proper balance.
In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, health is maintained when the energy is allowed to flow unimpeded. Qi gives us energy to walk, think, and function. Qi ensures bodily function by keeping blood and other fluids circulating, fighting disease, protecting the body (ie. immune system). Qi is involved in the activity of breathing, metabolism and the transportation and transformation of food into energy, plus numerous other functions.
Stimulation of acupuncture points has a direct effect on the spinal nerves, limbic system and the brain – where pain is perceived. There are many points that have specific functions. Some tonify the area they reside in or tonify a specific organ’s function, others clear inflammation or accumulation of excess water as in edema or swelling. Some are used to clear fever and heat symptoms, some boost immune function and increase blood circulation.
There are many internal symptoms that are effectively treated with acupuncture. Some of them are constipation, migraines, PMS, chronic fatigue and decreased energy, sleep problems, childhood issues, stress, digestive troubles such as excessive gas, bloating and fullness, muscle tension and spasms, etc. Acupuncture is also very effective in treating pain. Low back or joint pains can vastly be improved with acupuncture.
Facial rejuvenation has been in the news lately. All body imbalances can be adjusted using micro-current stimulation instead of needles. Proper blood flow can be restored in the facial muscles as well as muscles tightened or relaxed. Wrinkles and sagging skin can be reduced or eliminated. As a result, the facial tissues are healthier and a youthful appearance results.