How Can Acupuncture Help Me?
Acupuncture is used worldwide both as a primary and complementary form of medical treatment. The list of conditions that acupuncture may help is essentially limitless. The most common conditions are allergies/asthma, headaches, anxiety/depression, fertility, neurological conditions, and pain anywhere in the body.
What "acupuncture" is, is often more than people realize. People generally understand that acupuncturists use needles, but that is only a part of the techniques they utilize. Acupuncturists are really Doctors of Chinese Medicine - they generally go to 4 -5 years of graduate school, they do clinical rotations before leaving school, they are well versed in all aspects of Chinese Medicine along with the general concepts of Western Medicine. In short they are more than, simply "acupuncturists". In practice "acupuncturists", use the full range of Chinese Medicine techniques when treating their patients.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2000 years ago, acupuncture became widely known in the United States in 1971 when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in Beijing, China, used needles to ease his abdominal pain after surgery.
Research shows that acupuncture is beneficial in treating a variety of health conditions. In the past two decades, acupuncture has grown in popularity in the United States. In 1993, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) estimated that Americans made 9 to 12 million visits per year to acupuncture practitioners and spent as much as $500 million on acupuncture treatments. By the year 2000 an estimated 20,000 nationally certified acupuncturists were practicing in the United States.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has funded a variety of research projects on acupuncture that have been awarded by its National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute of Dental Research, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Does Acupuncture Hurt? What Are The Needles Like?
Acupuncture needles are sterile, single use and very thin. Acupuncture needles are not much larger than the diameter of a piece of hair and most people feel nothing when the needles are inserted. It is well tolerated by all from infants to first timers in their 90's. People are surprised to see how thin acupuncture needles are and any hesitation about the treatment disappears after the first few needles are inserted. With our techniques and painless needling methods the treatment is an enjoyable experience and the vast majority of patients simply fall asleep during the treatment.