Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of hairfine thin needles into specific points on the body to stimulate the flow of one’s Qi (pronounced chee), or natural healing energy. Sometimes rather than just inserting acupuncture needles, your doctor may choose to use fine acupuncture tacks, heat, or mild electrical stimulation. The technique of heat is called moxibustion and the application of local electricity is called electrostimulation. Acupuncture needles used in the United States are all sterile and generally disposable.
Acupuncture and herbal treatments are drug free and they avoid many of the side effects and dependencies associated with medication. You should always inform your doctor of the medications you are currently taking and whether or not you are or could be pregnant, or if you have a cardiac pacemaker or cosmetic implants.
Yes; generally, it is not recommended to provide electro-acupuncture treatment to patients who experience seizures or who have cardiac pacemakers.
An acupuncturist may be consulted by people with specific symptoms or conditions, such as pain, anxiety, arthritis, eczema, sports injuries hayfever, asthma, migraines, high blood pressure, menstral disorders, intestinal problems or pregnancy management and delivery.
While extensive practice and research has shown that acupuncture is effective in helping people with such conditions as well as with many others, it does more than simply relieve symptoms. The aim of acupuncture is to treat the whole patient and to restore the balance between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
In traditional acupuncture, since all illness is considered the result of an imbalance of energy, treatment can benefit almost any ill person as long as the degenerative process in the tissues of the body is not too extensive.