Acupuncture is a health science used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Authorities estimate that the science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. The primary notoriety of Acupuncture is the utilization of needles placed into the skin at various locations to balance chi, relieve pain or affect a body part. Early Chinese physicians discovered an energy network just below the surface of the skin that facilitates communication between the internal organs and over 1,000 "Acupoints" on the body. This energy or 'chi' works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary, and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key 'Acupoints' on the body may restore harmony to the affected area. Historians have concluded that more people have benefited from Acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than from all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern combined.
One would assume that inserting a needle into the skin would be painful. Most of us can relate to being stuck with a pin or have a hypodermic injection. Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people describe the sensation as less than a mosquito bite.
The number of treatments varies with different conditions and individuals. Chronic problems generally require more treatment than acute ones. Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment while others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit. A certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit for up to three months following a course of therapy. A small number of patients will initially experience a worsening of symptoms as the body's energies are returning to normal. This is normal and is usually followed by improvement. Researchers internationally agree that the most common number of treatments required is between eight and sixteen, and the usual frequency is between two and four times a week. Patients are urged not to enter an Acupuncture program with the thought of 'taking a few to see what happens.' Even though Acupuncture may achieve success within a few visits, a program of frequent visits over a period of time will have a better chance of success. Patience is important with the healing process. If the recommended treatments result in successful healing in just five visits, the doctor may elect to discontinue treatment or continue to stabilize the condition.
The objectives of Acupuncture Treatments are simple: --To relieve pain and other symptoms --To strengthen the immune system --To balance, harmonize and integrate functions of organs with each other making for a unified healthy individual
For acute problems where little or no organ system or tissue damage is evident, results are often permanent. For chronic conditions, symptoms may recur from time to time. Generally, a few additional treatments are sufficient to obtain relief. Patients with severe or chronic conditions are encouraged to return for a booster treatment two or three times a year.
In recent years, Acupuncture has gained a great deal of notoriety concerning its considerable success with addiction control of both drugs and alcohol in conjunction with professional counseling. Smoking is one of the most noteworthy addictions positively affected by Acupuncture. The average patient will reduce their intake by at least one half within twenty-four hours of the first treatment. Several additional treatments generally allow the patient to stop smoking without experiencing the usual negative side effects of quitting. Acupuncture has also proven to offer a favorable effect in weight control.
Acupuncture staples are medical staples made of surgical steel that are placed into the inner portion of the ear at specific Acupuncture points. The staple causes a constant stimulation to the Acupuncture points and can be left in for up to a year. The staples are used for the treatment of weight control, smoking control, drug addictions, alcoholism, and stress. The staples have an 80% success rate. For example, with the weight loss staple, the average weight loss is 2 pounds per week, appetite and cravings are decreased, and metabolism is stimulated. The stop smoking staple aids in the decrease of addiction to nicotine and withdrawal symptoms.
Acupuncture seeds are placed into the inner portion of the ear at specific Acupuncture points. The seed causes a constant stimulation to the Acupuncture points. The seeds are used for the treatment of weight control, smoking control, drug addictions, alcoholism, and stress. The seeds have an 80% success rate. For example, with the weight loss seed, the average weight loss is 2 pounds per week, appetite and cravings are decreased, and metabolism is stimulated. The stop smoking seed aids in the decrease of addiction to nicotine and withdrawal symptoms.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), Acupuncture has proven effective in the treatment of many common problems: --Addiction- drug/alcohol --Gingivitis --Smoking --Anxiety --Arthritis --Asthma --Bronchitis --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 --Headache --Hiccough --Incontinence --Indigestion --Irritable bowel syndrome --Low back pain --Menopause --Menstrual irregularities --Sciatica --Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) --Shoulder Pain --Sinusitis --Sleep disturbances --Smoking cessation --Sore throat --Stress --Tennis elbow --Tooth pain --Trigeminal neuralgia --Urinary Tract Infections --Vomiting --Wrist pain