What Conditions Are Treated By Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a holistic treatment recognized by the National Institute of Health and World Health Organization as providing effective treatment for  many conditions, including:

  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • Arthritis/Joint pain/Tendonitis
  • Back/Neck pain
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Bladder/Kidney problems
  • Bronchitis
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Colds & Flu
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Facial Rejuvenation/Acu-facial lift/Acne
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Knee pain
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Morning Sickness
  • PMS
  • Numbness/Poor circulation
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Sciatica
  • Sequelae of strokes
  • Shoulder pain
  • Sinus Infections
  • Skin problems
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Stress/Tension
  • Substance abuse
  • TMJ/Jaw pain
  • Weight control
  • And Much More . . .

How Does It Work?

Acupuncture is a holistic approach to health and healing within the framework of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is an ancient and profound system with philosophical roots dating back to around 700 B.C. Lauren believes it compliments Western medicine very well, especially as a preventative treatment.

Acupuncture works to:

  • Stimulate and regulate the circulatory system
  • Reduce swelling and pain
  • Increase the body’s natural ability to heal
  • Support, strengthen, and “smooth out” the nervous system
  • Calm the body’s stress response

The concept of Yin-Yang is at the core of TCM, as is the concept of Qi (pronounced “chi”) or vital energy.

Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive quality, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active quality. Balance between the two qualities results in a balanced state. Disease is due to an internal imbalance.

It is this imbalance that leads to a blockage in the flow of Qi. And this blockage is what manifests as conditions in a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health. The aim of Traditional Chinese Medicine is to restore and maintain healthy energy flow.

Acupuncture works to stimulate the vital energy or Qi that flows through the body along twelve major pathways called “meridians.” Discovered by ancient Chinese healers more than two thousand years ago, meridians are the “energetic anatomy” of the body. They can be thought of as a system of rivers or channels flowing through the body.

Meridians correspond to specific internal organs and body functions. Inserting very fine needles at specific points along these meridians helps restore the natural flow of Qi.

From a Western perspective, it is believed that the needle stick causes the central nervous system to release morphine-like pain relievers called endorphins. These endorphins can help turn off pain signals and re-regulate the body, bringing it back into balance.

Does It Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are actually very thin – the thinnest are as wide as a human hair. Modern acupuncture needles are made from ultra fine stainless steel. They are sterile, non-toxic, disposable and only used once. Acupuncture generally is not a painful procedure. You may feel a momentary prick as the needles are inserted, then a slight sensation of heaviness, tingling, or a feeling of warmth around the needle. This is the desired effect, indicating that the body is responding properly to achieve a balanced state. The needles usually stay in place for 20 to 30 minutes depending on the condition.

Lauren is trained in both Japanese and Chinese needling techniques. Japanese needling is more shallow and subtle, but both techniques are effective. Lauren guages what is most suitable for each individual patient and the condition being treated. Even the most sensitive patients are pleasantly surprised to discover they barely feel any sensation at all during treatment. In fact, they report that the experience is actually quite relaxing and pleasurable. Many people even fall asleep during a treatment.

How Long Before I See Results?

For acute conditions, one can feel results immediately after treatment. For example, in an acute pain situation one can feel up to 75 percent better after the first visit, and may just need one more follow-up visit. I usually recommend a treatment plan of between 4 to 6 sessions, either once or twice a week. Acupuncture is most effective when done consistently over a period of time as each treatment builds upon the previous one. For more chronic conditions, the number of treatment sessions may be longer, and this depends on the condition, as well as the general health and lifestyle habits of the individual. Herbs and supplements are also recommended for more chronic conditions to nourish the body at a deeper level.

How do I Prepare for a Treatment?

I recommend having a small meal prior to treatment with no caffeine or alcohol that day. It is a good idea to wear loose, comfortable clothing so that needles can be placed easily along the limbs. Prior to your first visit, I recommend filling out the health forms which inquire about your reason for seeking acupuncture, your prior health history as well as your family medical history. If it is not possible to download and print your forms online, then I suggest coming in 15 minutes early so we can devote as much time as possible to your diagnosis and treatment. I also recommend bringing in other pertinent medical information such as blood labs or imaging results, or having them faxed over by your physician.


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