Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points of the body, and has been clinically shown to be effective in the treatment of health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of 3,000 years, and have been confirmed recently through electromagnetic research. Based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of qi (energy) and blood through specific meridians of the body, acupuncture is designed to draw qi away from areas of stagnation and into areas that are deficient. The result is regulated and restored balance and overall health.

Needle insertion ranges from 1/4 inch to 1 inch in depth, and is dependent upon the nature of the problem, as well as points of location and patient size, age, and constitution.Treatment regimens and durations range according to a patient's ailment. Acute conditions don't require as many treatments, whereas chronic conditions require a larger battery of treatments. In general, five to ten treatments are recommended for patients, and a thorough consultation will determine whether follow-up treatments are necessary.

The National Institutes of Health consensus statement from November 1997 listed the following ailments as responding favorably to acupuncture:

Adult post-operative and chemotherapy nausea/vomiting
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Low back pain
Menstrual cramps
Myofacial pain
Post-operative dental pain
Stroke rehabilitation
Tennis elbow

And according to the World Health Organization, these conditions are common and treatable with acupuncture:

Acute and chronic colitis
Acute and chronic gastritis
Acute and chronic pharyngitis
Acute bacillary dysentery
Acute bronchitis
Acute conjunctivitis
Acute duodenal ulcer (without complications)
Acute rhinitis
Acute sinusitis
Acute tonsillitis
Bronchial asthma (most effective in children and in patients without complicating diseases)
Cataract (without complications)
Central retinitis
Cervicobrachial syndrome
Chronic duodenal ulcer (pain relief)
Common cold
Disorders of the eye
Disorders of the Mouth
Facial palsy (early stage, i.e., within three to six months)
"Frozen shoulder"
Gastric hyperacidity
Gastrointestinal disorders
Headache and migraine
Intercostal neuralgia
Low back pain
Meniere's disease
Myopia (in children)
Neurogenic bladder dysfunction
Neurological and musculo-skeletal disorders
Nocturnal enuresis
Paralytic ileus
Pareses following a stroke
Peripheral neuropathies
Respiratory system
Sequelae of poliomyelitis (early stage, i.e, within six months)
Spasms of esophagus and cardia
"Tennis elbow"
Toothache, post-extraction pain
Trigeminal neuralgia
Upper respiratory tract

Aside from the various medical benefits of acupuncture, other benefits include stress reduction, relaxation, increased vitality and energy, weight control, smoking cessation, and improved immune functions.


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