Dr. Jun Wang
Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that has been practiced for thousands of years. Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely thin, single-use stainless steel needles into the skin at specific points in order to stimulate the body’s natural ability to heal. Traditionally, acupuncture has been used as the primary method of treatment for all health problems, and now many health professionals and patients are using it as an effective treatment for back pain and neck pain.
The core philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that the body contains a complex system of patterns of energy flow. This flow of energy is referred to as Qi (pronounced “chee”) and a normal flow of qi is necessary to maintain good health. If there is a blockage or an imbalance within the flow of qi, health problems may occur. With acupuncture there are specific “acupoints” along pathways or meridians which conduct the qi throughout the body. Needles are inserted into specific combinations of these acupoints in an attempt to correct the normal flow of qi. In this way, acupuncture can be used to treat a wide variety of health issues.
Acupuncture helps to relieve pain by releasing endorphins which are the body’s natural pain-killing chemicals. In addition, acupuncture activates the central nervous system to release neurotransmitters and neurohormones; brain chemicals that not only help reduce pain, but also have a direct effect on the functions of the body’s organs and organ systems. The acupuncturist typically inserts between one and twenty needles and leaves them in place for ten to thirty minutes while you rest. The acupuncturist may also choose to use cupping as a therapy, whereby glass cups are heated and applied to the skin to create suction and bring blood close to the surface. A common course of acupuncture treatment includes six to twelve sessions over a three-month period.
Conditions Treated by Acupuncture:
The following conditions are only a sample of the various issues that can benefit from therapy. The list is in no way exhaustive and is also not a guarantee that they will resolve completely with treatment.
Headaches and Migraines
Joint and Muscle pain
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Motor Vehicle Accident injuries