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What Acupuncture Can Treat

The World Health Organization has researched and documented the effectiveness of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. While Americans are most familiar with the use of acupuncture for pain control and anesthesia, it also treats a wide variety of other conditions. Here are some common disorders that are successfully treated with acupuncture and Oriental medicine.

As well as treating many other disorders, acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, is effective for prevention of disease. Many problems can be corrected before the use of prescription medication or surgery is required. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) also recognizes and treats many other minor complaints that may bother us, but are not considered disease such as dry skin, brittle nails, cold hands and feet, fatigue, and aches and pains. Relief from these symptoms are often a benefit.

Acupuncture: How It Works:

According to Chinese Medicine health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi (chi), the vital life energy in all living things. Qi flows in our body through pathways or meridians in the multilayered network of energy channels that allow Qi to flow to body tissues and organs. Chinese Medicine views disease or pain as a result of an imbalance or blockage of energy in various parts of the body. Many factors can influence the imbalance of Qi. Such as, emotions, diet, exercise (too much or too little), trauma, injuries, and environmental factors such as an exposure to wind, cold, heat, damp, and dryness.

Acupuncture seeks to restore the balance of the flow of energy. By inserting very fine sterilized needles into specific points along the meridian, health can be achieved. Each acupuncture point has a predictable effect on the energy passing through it. These points are carefully selected by the acupuncturist according to the patient's signs and symptoms, the emphasis is placed on understanding and treating the under laying causes of each individual's imbalance. When the cause is corrected, the results are long lasting or permanent. This holistic approach to health not only addresses physical complaints, but also emotional, environmental, and lifestyle conditions. In TCM, mental, emotional, and physical illness is closely related. The patient's attitude, diet, determination, and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment.

What You Can Expect

Acupuncture tends to be relatively painless because the needles are almost as thin as a hair. Sometimes there is a mild discomfort that is felt momentarily upon insertion of the acupuncture needle. Once the needles are in place, the patient usually does not notice them. Most patients feel very relaxed and have a sense of well being after an acupuncture treatment. The amount of treatment varies. Acute conditions usually respond quickly, whereas chronic conditions may require more treatments.

Insurance

More and more insurance companies are covering acupuncture. Coverage's vary depending on what kind of policy you have.