Acupuncture In The News
More and more people are talking about how acupuncture works:
Study: Placebo or not, acupuncture helps with pain, Wall Street Journal, 9/12/12
According to the World Health Organization, the National Institutes for Health, and clinical experience, acupuncture is useful in the treatment of:
Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the body. Acupuncture is painless but not sensation free. Patients report anything to a mild itching to a ‘sparkly’ sensation. Although no one knows the exact mechanism of acupuncture, classically it is believed that the insertion of the needles affects the Qi (energy), blood and fluids in the body to bring about balance and therefore support the body’s natural ability to heal.
Cupping is the use of suction to affect larger areas of external tissue and impact the Qi and fluid in the body. Although most typically used on the back, cupping can also be utilized to assist in the reduction of scar tissue on various parts of the body.
Moxabustion is the burning of a combination of mugwort and various other dried herbs, near an area of pain or a meridian point. This can be accomplished with moxa on the handle of the acupuncture needle or held above the skin in a moxa roll (looks a bit like a cigar). Moxabustion is an effective way to address certain pain syndromes and is also used to boost the immune system.
Nutritional Counseling focuses on the many benefits of following a whole foods plant based diet to address chronic illness and heart disease.
CranialSacral Therapy (CST) is used as a adjunctive therapy with acupuncture in my practice in cases of anxiety, body pain, headache, TMD, and digestive disorders. Learn more about CST here.