What can acupuncture treat?

In the West, we commonly think of acupuncture as a modality to treat pain.  However, there is a growing awareness that acupuncture can treat a number of concerns. This may seem strange to us, but because Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), including acupuncture, is designed as a full medical system to balance the entire body so it can heal itself. 

Acupuncture is capable of effectively treating a wide range of problems.  It is not uncommon for someone to come in for one particular problem, and find that other symptoms are alleviated as well.  Acupuncture is being introduced into many hospitals across the United States and has been incorporated in most hospitals in China for quite some time now. The Joint Commission now requires hospitals to provide non-pharmacologic pain treatment modalities such as acupuncture and massage therapy. 

Acupuncture can:

  • Reduce or eliminate back pain & all types of pain
  • Decrease the frequency and intensity of headaches & migraines
  • Reduce feelings of stress, anxiety & depression
  • Decrease digestive Issues
  • Improve fertility & menstrual concerns
  • Improve sleep and energy
  • Treat many other conditions

How does acupuncture work?

An acupuncture treatment consists of the insertion of ultra-thin needles into various points on the body. These acupuncture points are located in areas with higher concentrations of superficial nerves, blood vessels, and neuromuscular attachments. When stimulated, these points elicit a local and systemic reaction. The local reaction involves sensory neurons in the skin being stimulated. The systemic reaction occurs when the signals reach the spinal cord and brain. The stimulus from acupuncture needling creates a cascade of signaling throughout the connective tissue (fascia) involving the blood, nerves, and immune system. Both the central and peripheral nervous systems are affected.

Acupuncture needling promotes homeostasis and stimulates the body to heal itself by balancing the nervous system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, and immune system.

How many treatments?

This varies from person to person and depends on the type of problem you have. Generally, longstanding chronic problems take longer to resolve, and more recent problems respond quicker. Having said that, it also depends on your underlying state of health. Some people look healthy, but really are quite depleted. Others have illnesses, but strong underlying constitutions. It would be great if one or two treatments were all that was needed, and at times it is.

If you are already healthy and want to maintain your health, then getting treatments once per month is probably enough. Acupuncture works best as a preventative method. However, if you are looking to try to heal, then weekly, and sometimes biweekly, treatments are needed. Often, the effects of acupuncture will take effect after several treatments. Again, it may take some time to heal, but the goal is to help you get and stay well with the regular use of acupuncture.

All of that being said, as a general rule for acute conditions we recommend 4-6 sessions, and for more chronic conditions 8-10 or more sessions may be necessary. Dosage is key and the results are cumulative. That is, one treatment is built on the next. One session per month for six months will probably not be equal to one session per week for 6 weeks. Oftentimes, 2 sessions per week are recommended when beginning a course of treatment. Ultimately, consistency is key to obtaining optimal results with acupuncture.

Benefits of acupuncture

Take advantage of the benefits of acupuncture!

Improved Sleep

Reduced Pain

Stabilized Moods

Increased Energy

Improved Immune Function

Are you ready to make a change?