Acupuncture in Traditional Medicine
For thousands of years, acupuncture has been used in traditional medicine to improve one’s health and well-being. Ancient Chinese acupuncturists understood that blockages in the body’s pathways, known as meridians, resulted in pain and disease. By using acupuncture needles, acupressure, heat and electricity, at specific points on the body, these blockages are removed. This allows the body to heal naturally.
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The International Popularity of Acupuncture
The benefits of acupuncture spread across Asia and reached Europe in the 17th century. In the United States, the practice gained popularity when President Richard Nixon shared his experiences with acupuncture after undergoing surgery during his visit to China. By the late 1990s, the United States had 10,000 acupuncture specialists, of which 3,000 were physicians, and the total patient visits were an estimated 9 to 12 million annually.
Clinical Trials for Acupuncture
Today, acupuncture is more widely accepted in Western medicine as a result of clinical trials that compare the results of acupuncture with conventional treatments. Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture increases the body’s capacity to address a variety of medical conditions, such as weight loss, digestion, metabolic disorders, joint and muscle pain, stress relief, fertility, tension headaches, migraines, gout, colic, depression, anxiety, PTSD and inflammation. Acupuncture also helps patients relieve pain associated with dental procedures, childbirth, surgery and many other conditions. Acupuncture has also been proven to help stroke victims and those suffering from arthritis.
How Acupuncture Works
Conventional treatments, such as prescription medications, work by introducing specific substances into the body to address medical conditions. For example, morphine is introduced to help alleviate pain. Acupuncture helps you by triggering your body to release higher levels of chemicals that naturally occur in your body. As a result, your body is better able to work on its own to reduce pain, fight infections and improve physiological functions.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a non-toxic treatment for many diseases, both acute and chronic, as well as common conditions, without the risk of drug dependency, side effects and other adverse reactions. Some patients undergo acupuncture treatments in conjunction with other conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy. Acupuncture has been proven to work in a bi-directional manner. For example, patients who have hypertension experience lower blood pressure after undergoing acupuncture treatments, and patients with hypotension experience elevated blood pressures as a result of acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture Treatment For Pain
The National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have both recognized the value of acupuncture in the treatment of pain. These effects are enhanced with increased frequency of acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture is effective for, but not limited to:
- Arthritis/ Joint pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Low back pain
- Neck Pain
- Post-Operative Pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Tempero-mandibular disorder
- Dental pain
- Menstrual cramps
- Digestive/abdominal pain
Acupuncture Treatment at FreshSkin
Your acupuncture treatment begins with a thorough examination, including discussions about your health. If you are experiencing any specific medical issues, please discuss these at the time of your acupuncture treatment, even if you feel that the information is not relevant. Your examination provides insight about where the acupuncture should be administered, as well as the method that will benefit you.
The most recognized form of acupuncture is the use of thin, sterile needles. The small needles are quickly inserted at specific points on your body. Typically, several needles are used for each treatment. The needles are quickly inserted with a light tap, and at varying depths, depending on your particular case. Most patients experience a mild warming sensation when the needles are inserted. This is an indication that the acupuncture treatment is working with your body’s natural processes. Most patients do not experience pain due to the small size of the needles. The needles typically remain in place for 10 to 45 minutes, and you may feel extremely relaxed while the needles are in place.
Laser Acupuncture & Pain Relief is also referred to as Photobiomodulation (PBM) or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).
The treatment consists of using visible and near infra-red light to relieve acute and chronic pain, stimulate soft tissue healing, and reduce inflammation. It was first developed in 1967 and has been used by NASA, USA Olympics, World Cup Soccer, USA & UK military, among other professional organizations.
Treatments are very comfortable, with limited sensation felt by the patient other than the pressure of the handpiece and very mild warmth during application. Each treatment lasts approximately 20-30 minutes depending on locations treated.
LLLT therapy may be used to reduce pain, increase the speed of muscle and injury recovery, tissue repair, and resolve inflammation.
The effects of LLLT or PBM are triggered by improvements in cellular metabolism, reductions in oxidative stress, and increases in ATP production.
The World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), and the American College of Physicians and Surgeons have all endorsed PBM / LLLT therapy for a variety of inflammatory conditions.
FreshSkin Medical Spa & Wellness Center uses the Thor LX2 Laser system to deliver laser acupuncture and pain relief therapy. Thor is the leading manufacturer of PBM devices worldwide with over 6000 publications worldwide and over 700 clinical trials.
What to Expect
Some conditions may require multiple acupuncture treatments for the best results. Many patients feel results immediately after their acupuncture treatments while others experience improvements after three treatments. Over time, you will notice that you gradually feel better.