Acupuncture

Acupuncture for chronic pain

One of the most ancient forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture is also one of the most popular alternative treatments for a variety of ailments. It involves the insertion of extremely thin, hair-like, solid needles into specific points on the body. The needle provides the stimulus needed to remove blockages and circulate the body with oxygenated blood flow. The body has an innate ability to heal itself, but long-term abuse or neglect weakens it. Acupuncture strengthens and facilitates this process, bringing the body back to a balanced state.

Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) technique that has been practiced for several thousands of years. Acupuncture is one of the most ancient forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is also one of the most popular alternative treatments for a variety of ailments. According to TCM theory, pain or disease occurs because there is a lack of Qi/energy and blood flow in the body. The purpose of acupuncture is to return flow of energy and blood back to normal and to reinstate optimal organ and tissue function. This will, in turn, restore oxygenated blood flow and function to the affected area so that the body can regulate and heal itself. The body has an innate ability to heal itself, but long-term abuse or neglect weakens it. Inserting these needles yields a tremendous range of highly predictable health effects, helping reduce pain, increase range of motion and expedite recovery time. Acupuncture strengthens and facilitates this process, bringing the body back to a balanced state.

The World Health Organization and the National institute of health recognize acupuncture for treatment of chronic and acute pain, neurological disorders, musculoskeletal disorders, joint pain, headaches and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. Research has also shown acupuncture to improve circulation, reduce inflammation and stimulate the body’s own opiate-like chemicals to control pain.



According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there is sufficient evidence that acupuncture can help the following conditions:



Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Dysentery, acute bacillary
Dysmenorrhoea, primary
Epigastralgia, acute
Peptic ulcer
Acute and chronic gastritis
Gastrospasm
Facial pain
Headache
Hypertension, essential
Hypotension, primary
Induction of labour
Knee Pain
Leukopenia
Low back pain
Malposition of fetus, correction of
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Dental pain
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sciatica
Sprain
Stroke
Tennis elbow




Electro-Acupuncture –
incorporates the use of very small electrical impulses through the acupuncture needles. This method is generally used for analgesia (pain relief or prevention). The amount of power used is only a few microamperes with frequencies varying from 5 to 2,000Hz.

Auricular Therapy –
or ear acupuncture is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and European auricular medicine. Auricular acupuncture is a treatment system based on normalizing the body’s pain and dysfunction through stimulation of points on the ear. These points can be treated with needles, seeds or magnets. Auricular therapy, a specialized acupuncture of the ears, is also used to help with addictive disorders.