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Stuck on Acupuncture
Created on 9/2/2011

Acupuncture is an integral part of Chinese medicine, but there are French, Korean and Japanese schools of thought regarding acupuncture, too, among others. Even so, the fundamental concepts are the same. In simplistic terms (that do not come close to expressing the richness of the philosophy of care!):

- Energy, often called Chi or Ki or Qi, flows throughout our bodies

- Good health is supported by the uninterrupted flow of energy at appropriate levels

- Illness may develop when the flow of energy to body parts is blocked, or when too much or too little energy is provided

- Placing and gently manipulating acupuncture needles at precise locations can affect the flow of energy in our bodies

It is believed that energy flows in defined lines called meridians, and that very specific points exist along these meridians where "needling" can help balance energy flow. A well-trained acupuncturist can determine which of the many points along the meridians might need to be stimulated in order to enhance balance and overall health.

You might be saying to yourself, 'Sounds interesting, but I don't like needles!"

Understood. But acupuncture needles are very different from those used in your doctor's office - acupuncture needles are thin and somewhat flexible, and typically don't get placed deep into the skin. Most people find that an acupuncture session is actually very relaxing and enjoyable.

Acupuncture may be helpful in the treatment of a variety of disorders, including painful conditions (headache, tooth and lower back pain), nausea, bothersome menopausal symptoms (hot flashes and insomnia), and anxiety. Some studies suggest the treatment may even help lower blood pressure.

You do, however, need to make sure you are working with a licensed practitioner of acupuncture. 

If you are experiencing chronic discomfort that is not responding to conventional medical treatment, ask your doctor if acupuncture would be a good option. Then contact your insurance provider to see if this kind of treatment would be covered.

Acupuncture is generally safe, and often both enjoyable and effective.

Be well.
Dr. Russ

** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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