Alternative Health Care Center
Value of Acupuncture on Promoting and Restoring the Health, Wellness and Delaying Aging
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a physiological based, safe, effective natural healing therapy which focuses on promoting, maintaining, and restoring health and wellness, as well as keeping people fit and delaying aging.
Acupuncture has been used in China for more than 3000 years. According to Chinses medicine theory, all internal organs and tissues in the body are interconnected into a complete organized system through so called meridians (also called channels). Meridians/Channels are the pathways of body’s life biological energy flow which is called “Qi” in Chinese (pronounced “Chee”). Clinical researches have proved that acupuncture or combining together with herbal medicine and/or conventional medicine can be used to obtain the highest optimal clinical outcome in treating many acute or chronic medical conditions. Acupuncture also works great in preventive care and anti-aging (beneficial to Alzheimer’s).
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture approach is to treat the whole person-a unification of mind and body. Stimulating acupuncture points on the meridians can:
- Restore human body’s homeostasis (internal balance of Yin and Yang).
- Build up immune system (production of T-cells).
- Improve organ function (functional activities).
- Balance the hormone and regulate metabolism.
- Invigorate the blood circulation.
- Alleviate pain and promote tissue healing.
The ultimate goal is to maintain and restore physiological balance.
Modern researches have also shown that acupuncture may:
- Signal the brain and different level of the body’s nerve centers to release natural stress reducing hormones and pain blocking chemicals called endorphins.
- Trigger a process that releases anti-inflammatory agents into the blood stream and direct them precisely to the injured area.
- Stimulate the acupuncture points with needles or electrical impulses may help brain to initiate the healing response and self-adjustable mechanism to recovery.
- Help reduce the side effects from overusing pain medications for the management of chronic pain which is also a big obstacle keeping many people from staying physically active and healthy.
Common Medical Conditions Treated by Acupuncture
1, Acute or chronic pain control & Neurological and Muscular Disorders
Neck and Back Pain/Arthritis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Soft Tissue Injury
2, Gastrointestinal Disorders
Acute or Chronic Gastritis
Chronic Stomach/Duodenal Ulcers
2, Gynecological Disorders
P.M.S. and menstrual problems
3, Emotional Disorders
4, Respiratory/Cardiovascular Disorders
High/Low Blood Pressure
Chronic Coronary Heart Disease
5, Other disorders
Nausea and other side effects from radiation and chemo-therapy
Addictions: Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs
When using acupuncture and/or Chinese herbal medicine to treat different diseases, we are not only look at the diseases, but also look at individual’s constitution. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have their only diagnostic methods, called constitutional differentiation. These include: looking, listening/smelling, asking, palpating. The most unique ones are tongue and pulse diagnoses. After collecting all the information from the patient, we will make the diagnosis and determine the treatment strategies, choose the different acupuncture points (from more than 360 body points) and unique Chinese herbal formula.
Do Acupuncture Needles Hurt and Are They Clean?
An acupuncture needle is very fine, thin, and soft filiform (not hollow/not hypodermic) needle. When the acupuncture needle is inserted, you may just feel a slight pricking, or sometimes, you don’t even feel anything at all. The sensations usually last only a few seconds and then disappear. It’s far less painful than getting a shot.
Acupuncture needles are all surgically sterilized by the manufacture and are only used once then is disposed. It’s the LAW.
Course of Treatments and Expectations
The number of treatments required varies depending upon factors such as 1) the severity and duration of the condition, 2) individual’s constitutional response to the treatment. Many acute conditions only need two or three sessions. Generally, between five and twelve treatments are required for the improvements of most chronic conditions. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine focus on solving the cause of problem, not just relieving symptoms. This approach may take some time, but it is well worth to try it.
Most patients experience a general feeling of well-being and relaxation after acupuncture treatment. Some patient may feel immediate relief, while improvement may be more gradual for other patients. In some cases, the condition may return, however, with continued treatments, patient will get long-term relief. To maximize the benefits, the maintenance treatments may be needed.
Are There Any Side Effects of Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of natural therapy when performed by a well-trained, experienced Acupuncture Physician. Side effects are extremely rare. It is important to be relaxed, keep still and be comfortable during treatment and also ask questions and voices the concerns to the practitioner at all the time.
Is Acupuncture Treatment Covered by Health Insurance?
Some PPO policies cover acupuncture; most HMOs don’t cover it, but may entitle you to receive some discount from participating provider. Herbal medicine usually is not covered. But the health spending benefits mostly cover these natural therapies. You need check with your particular plan to get the information.
Blue Cross Blue Shield
United Health Care
Preferred Care Partners
Acupuncture will invigorate your blood circulation, make your immune system strong to defense your body, balance your hormones, improve your organ function and metabolism, promote your body’s own healing process, relax your mind and keep you happy.
Therefore, Acupuncture plays a very important role in preventive care and delaying aging. Acupuncture is a great natural therapy well fit into current “patient centered integrative health care” system.