What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used to encoutage natural healing, reduce or relieve pain and improve function of the affected areas of the body. Acupuncture is a safe and effective and is often successfully used as an alternative to medication or even surgery. Relief is often obtained when traditional medical therapy has failed.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles through the skin and tissues at specific points on the body. There is no injection of any substance and the treatment itself causes minimal discomfort.
Although proven successful for hundreds of years without the benifit of modern medical knowledge, it is only in the recent years that the scientific and medical communities of Europe and North America have begun to study acupuncture to understand and explain its effectiveness.
Low Power Laser may also be used instead of needles to stimulate appropriate points.
The World Health Organization has identified the benifits of Acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems including:
- Digestive disorders: gastritis, hyperacidity, spastic bowel, constipation, diarrhea
- Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma
-Neurological and muscular disorders: headaches, back and neck pain, neuralgia, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, tendinitis, sciatica, arthritis
-Urinary, menstrual and reproductive disorders
Are there any adverse effect or risks to the treatments?
One of the most striking aspects of acupuncture is the almost complete absence of adverse effects and complications from its use. Most patients find that the treatments are relaxing and cause minimal discomfort.