About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a medical therapy using tiny, thin, disposable, sterile needles placed into the body at specific points to increase or decrease blood flow, decrease inflammation, reduce pain,and stimulate healing. Acupuncture has been employed as a health care modality for more than 2,500 years.

The Chinese use the word Qi (pronounced “chee”) to describe the energy that flows through our body. This word may seem strange or weird to many of us, as it would if I said “mihao” or “hello” to you in Chinese. This is simply their explanation for “bios” or bio-elecrtical energy. The electrical energy used for your heart to beat, your muscle to flex , and the synopsis in your brain to “fire”. Using surgical grade stainless steel needles, acupuncture is directing energy from “a” to “b”, “b” to “c”, and eventually to get the energy to flow smoothly form a-z. Starting to make sense? Good.

Some simple ways to understand acupuncture:  The Chinese use the word Qi (pronounced “chee”) to describe the energy that flows through our body. This word may seem strange or weird to many of us, as it would if I said “mihao” or “hello” to you in Chinese. This is simply their explanation for “bios” or bio-elecrtical energy. The electrical energy used for your heart to beat, your muscle to flex , and the synopsis in your brain to “fire”. Using surgical grade stainless steel needles, acupuncture is directing energy from “a” to “b”, “b” to “c”, and eventually to get the energy to flow smoothly form a-z. Starting to make sense? Good. Now visualize the body as a christmas tree, with 12 main strings of lights, which the Chinese have described as “Meridians”. The bio-electrical energy, or Qi, flows through these meridians like water flowing through a river. The acupuncture points act like the light bulbs on the string of lights, allowing the acupuncture practitioner to access the energy at various points, with specific functions found through thousands of years of practice and recording results. This is done to help the brain and body communicate and facilitate healing. Kind of like plugging the car in at the mechanics to get a diagnostic report and understand the root cause of the problem that is creating the undesirable symptoms.

So, when a person comes into my office and begins to describe there symptoms, I am already formulating a point prescription for the “light bulbs” or acupuncture points where energy is not flowing properly. Second, I begin to ask questions which further refine the points to be used to facilitate healing. Then, I feel the pulse at six different locations on the wrist to get an understanding of the bio-electrical energy flow through the meridians. Next, I look at the tongue to get an understanding of the environment within the body and organ systems. Finally, I may palpate (touch or press) on the affected area to get an even greater understanding of the problem within the body. All of these techniques are used to get an understanding not only of the symptoms, but also the root cause of the disharmony within the body which has allowed these symptoms to express themselves.  Now we have to change the condition within the body that allowed this to take place. Creating an environment within yourself for the mind, body, and spirit to balance, heal, and strengthen.  These diagnostic techniques have been refined over thousands of years of practicing this modality and recording results and patient feedback.  If all persons in the medical field are “practicing” medicine, and “practice makes perfect”, then this style of medicine has stood the test of time and is closer to perfecting its technique more than any other!

Modern Research & Acupuncture

“There is sufficient evidence of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine.”
- National Institute of Health, 1997 Consensus on Acupuncture

With the support of new studies conducted by leading hospitals, medical research facilities, and scientists from around the world, acupuncture is beginning to be understood by modern science. Acupuncture is now receiving acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of health care.

Medical Doctors now refer patients to acupuncture more than any other alternative health care provider.

  1. In Canada in a 2008 study conducted by the Institute for Work and Health concluded that low back pain, the most common musculoskeletal problem, can be relieved byacupuncture massage, called Tui Na, more effectively than any other treatment.
  2. A German study published in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2007 covered the largest and most rigorous trial ever undertaken to investigate the analgesic effects ofacupuncture versus traditional medical approaches to relieve lower back pain. This study involved 1,802 patients and 13,475 treatments and concluded that acupuncture ” constituted a strong treatment alternative to multimodal conventional therapy, giving physicians a promising and effective treatment option for chronic lower back pain.”
  3. The British Medical Journal in 2008 reported that acupuncture can increase the success rate of in-vitro fertilization and increase the number of viable pregnancies. The additional benefits were listed as reduction in nausea and muscle pain associated with both IVF and pregnancy in general without the use of drugs that might harm the growing fetus.
  4. In Sweden, a 2008 study involving 215 cancer patients proved that acupuncture can eliminate the need for additional drugs and reduces nausea suffered during radiation treatments.
  5. A 2007 study from the University of Heidelberg in Germany concluded that acupuncture treatments can not only relieve the pain associated  with bronchial asthma but also helps to control outbreaks of allergic asthma as well. It became clearly evident that “acupuncture performed in accordance with the principles of traditional Chinese medicine showed significant immune-modulating effects.”

Quotes

“Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is the presence of a superior state of well-being—a vigor, a vitality that has to be worked for, day after day.”
- Dorian Paskowitz Ph.D.

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”  - Thomas Edison

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
- World Health Organization (WHO)

More Modern Research

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH), acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of many common problems such as:

  • Addictions-alcohol
  • drugs
  • smoking
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation
  • Dental pain
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive trouble
  • Dizziness
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional problems
  • Eye problems
  • Facial palsy/tics
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gingivitis
  • Headaches
  • Hiccup
  • Incontinence
  • Indigestion
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Migraine
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • PMS
  • Pneumonia
  • Reproductive problems
  • Rhinitis
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Smoking cessation
  • Sore throat
  • Stress
  • Tennis elbow
  • Tonsillitis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting
  • Wrist pain