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What conditions may benefit from acupuncture?

Many Americans seek acupuncture treatment for relief of chronic pain, such as arthritis or low back pain. Acupuncture, however, has expanded uses in other parts of the world. Before considering acupuncture, talk to your doctor.

Conditions that may benefit from acupuncture include the following:

  • DIGESTIVE
    Gastritis
    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Hepatitis
    Hemorrhoids 

    EYE-EAR-THROAT
    Rhinitis 
    Sinusitis 
    Sore Throat

  • EMOTIONAL
    Anxiety
    Depression
    Insomnia
    Nervousness
    Neurosis

    GYNECOLOGICAL
    Menstrual Pain
    Infertility

    RESPIRATORY
    Allergic Rhinitis
    Sinusitis
    Bronchitis 

  • MUSCULOSKELETAL
    Arthritis
    Back Pain
    Muscle Cramping
    Muscle Pain & Weakness
    Neck Pain
    Sciatica 

    NEUROLOGICAL
    Headaches
    Migraines
    Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction
    Parkinson's Disease
    Postoperative Pain
    Stroke 

    MISCELLANEOUS
    Irritable Bladder
    Prostatitis
    Male Infertility
    Some forms of impotence
    Addiction  

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Many people who have experienced the therapeutic effects of Acupuncture will vow that it truly does work. The common yet difficult question that follows on from this is, “How does Acupuncture Work?”
It is important to note there are two important explanations to this question, which must be considered. These are the Traditional Chinese Medicine Explanation and the Western Scientific Explanation
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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) 

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an integrated system, which has been used for thousands of years to treat injury and illness. Acupuncture forms one of the key components to the TCM approach to curing disease and disorders of the body.

In the TCM system of medicine, the body is seen as a delicate balance of two opposing and inseparable forces: yin and yang. Yin represents the cold, slow, or passive principle, while yang represents the hot, excited, or active principle.

TCM likens the human body to a highly complex electrical circuit. Like any electrical circuit it must be kept in good working order if it is to function effectively, and if the circuit breaks down the result is illness. Among the major assumptions in TCM are that health is achieved by maintaining the body in a “balanced state” and that disease is due to an internal imbalance of yin and yang. This imbalance leads to blockage in the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”, meaning vital energy) along pathways known as meridians.

TCM theorizes that it is essential for qi, as well as blood to circulate in a continuous and unobstructed manner for good health of the mind and body. Acupuncture meridians or channels are the pathways through which the energy flows throughout the body. Acupuncture points lie along the meridians and are the holes that allow entry into the acupuncture meridians. The acupuncture points provide gateways to influence, redirect, increase, or decrease body’s vital substances, qi (energy) & blood, thus correcting many of the body’s imbalances

Western Scientific Explanation 

Currently, there is not one western scientific theory that collaboratively explains all of the physiological mechanisms underlying the effects of Acupuncture. This is because Acupuncture has a variety of therapeutic effects on the body thus the action must vary depending on the type of pathology. However, it is proposed that acupuncture primarily produces its effects through regulating the nervous system. Regulation of the nervous system aids the activity of pain-killing biochemicals such as endorphins and immune system cells at specific sites in the body. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. These affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes that regulate a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature.

In summary, scientists have deduced a number of theories from observing a number of individual clinical effects of acupuncture treatment. These theories and the observed clinical effects on which the theories are based can be summarized as the following:

Augmentation of Immunity Theory Increased Immune Function & Resistance to Disease

Endorphin Theory – Reduction of Pain

Neurotransmitter Theory – Inflammation Reduction & Promotion of Feelings of Well Being

Circulatory TheoryImproved Circulation & Smooth Muscle Relaxation

Gate Control Theory – Increased Pain Tolerance

Motor Gate Theory – Hasten Motor Recovery from Paralysis

Homeostatic or Regulatory Effect – Regulation of Body’s Homeostasis to Disease or Abnormal Conditions

Bioelectric TheoryStimulation of cells of tissue growth & repair

 

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Monica has been practicing acupuncture since 2008. She is licensed by the state of Wisconsin and nationally board certified by the NCCAOM. She is also on the faculty of the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, WI.

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