Acupuncture


Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into therapeutic points along the body. These needles serve to stimulate the body's own natural healing ability to correct imbalances and restore it to a healthy equilbrium. The acupuncture treatment may include electric stimulation, moxabustion, gua sha or cupping. The origin of acupuncture in Chinese Medicine dates back thousands of years and in recent decades, United States has witnessed a growing popularity of acupuncture in healthcare.

While much of the recent media attention on acupuncture has been on its efficacy in treating pain, stress / anxiety, smoking cessation, acupuncture can also address many other health conditions.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has compiled a list of symptoms, diseases and conditions which, through controlled trials, has been shown to be treated effectively by acupuncture.

Below is a partial list:

low back pain  
morning sickness
neck pain  
nausea and vomiting
sciatica  
postoperative pain
tennis elbow  
stroke
knee pain  
essential hypertension
periarthritis of the shoulder  
primary hypotension
sprains  
renal colileucopenia
rheumatoid arthritis  
acute epigastralgia
headache  
biliary colic
dental pain
(ie. TMJ dysfunction)
 
allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
facial pain
(including craniomandibular disorders)
 
depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
induction of labor  
dysmenorrhea
correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)  
adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy