About Acupuncture

Conditions: There are many conditions that acupuncture is effective in treating, with very few side effects. The World Health Organization lists a large number of conditions that are treatable with acupuncture. Additionally, the National Institutes of Health stated in a 1997 research review that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of nausea associated with chemotherapy or pregnancy, the pain of dental procedures, low back pain, and more.

Each patient is unique and is treated with custom treatment depending on their presentation. This treatment attempts to address both the “root” of the illness and the symptoms that trouble the person. Therefore, it is unpredictable how any given individual will respond to acupuncture.

Acupuncture works like many other natural therapies: slowly, and in a way that supports the body in healing, rather than masking symptoms or providing anesthesia. As the body becomes healthier, it can heal itself more effectively. This is a gradual process that must also include lifestyle changes that support health goals.

With that said, in our experience, acupuncture is helpful in treating the following conditions:

Anal fissures
Anal pain
Ankle sprain
Anxiety (learn more)
Breech Fetus
Bursitis of hip
Bursitis of shoulder
Ear ringing
Endometriosis pain
Foot cramps
Foot pain
Genital pain
Heel pain
Hip Arthritis
Hip pain
Hot Flashes
Iliotibial band pain
Interstitial Cystitis
Knee arthritis
Knee pain
Labor Induction
Leg pain
Low back pain
Menier’s syndrome
Morning sickness
Muscle spasm
Nausea and vomiting
Painful periods
Painful pregnancy
Pelvic pain
Plantar Fascitis
Reproductive health
Sacroiliac joint pain
Spine pain
Tailbone pain
Toe pain
Urinary Tract Infection
Vaginal pain
Women’s health

Procedures: There are many styles and approaches to acupuncture.  All of them can be effective when practiced by an experienced and well trained practitioner.  In all of them, sterile, single-use, fine gauge disposable needles are inserted into discrete places on the body surface.  The choice of locations of needles depends on the style being practiced, as well as the oriental diagnosis being treated.

In our clinic we focus on Japanese acupuncture, which is gentle and effective.  We also focus on ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy, because it is fast, effective and easy to use.  We integrate elements of Master Tung’s style, Korean Hand Therapy, TCM acupuncture, Five element acupuncture, Meridian therapy, Anatomical acupuncture, Trigger point needling, Motor point needling,  Cupping, and Bleeding – when appropriate.

Dry Needling: Yes, dry needling is acupuncture, and acupuncture is dry needling.
Both involve the insertion of acupuncture needles into the body for the alleviation of pain and restoration of proper function.  However, Acupuncture is a more comprehensive form of treatment.  The Dry Needling that is practiced by Physical Therapists only treats the problem with local needs.  Acupuncture goes further, addressing the underlying configuration of the physiology which has caused the problem.  Acupuncturists bring extensive understanding of the use of needles to improve health, far beyond what physical therapists do.  In many states, Dry needling is beginning to be restricted to use by Licensed Acupuncturists only.

Results: Some conditions respond quickly with acupuncture, such as sprains and strains. Others are more challenging to help, such as respiratory or dermatological conditions and chronic illnesses.  Healthier people respond better to acupuncture, while people in poorer health respond slower.  People on fewer medications do better with acupuncture, while people on many medications have a poorer response.

Please explore the pages we’ve provided below to learn more about the specifics of acupuncture.