In China, Acupuncture is used as an anesthetic during surgery and is believed to
have the power to cure diseases and help relieve symptoms of some ailments. Traditional
Chinese medicine explains that acupoints lie along invisible meridians. There are
many meridians in the human body, which are thought to be channels for the flow of
energy called “QI”. According to traditional Chinese medicine, illness may occur
when the energy flow along one or more meridians is blocked or out of balance. The
goal with acupuncture is to restore the health and balance to the energy flow.
Acupuncture is a technique where thin needles are inserted through the skin to treat
a variety of conditions. There are many techniques, including some that use sound
waves on electrical stimulation (TENS). Acupuncture can also be used for a variety
of minutes including 20, 30, or 40 minutes.
Conditions treated with acupuncture include, but are not limited to, respiratory
conditions (i.e. acute and chronic sinusitis), orthopedic conditions (i.e. tennis
elbow, sciatica, neck pain, low back pain, RA, knee pain, shoulder pain, hip pain,
and OA), neurological conditions (i.e. headache, migraines, trigeminal neuralgia,
peripheral neuropathy, meniere’s disease, neurological bladder dysfunction, intercostal
neuralgia) and GI disorders.
When Acupuncture is done by a trained professional it is considered safe. The number
of complications reported have been few.