Most patients at some point or another have had a functional
complaint such as a headache, or sore neck, or a subtle
change in their bowel habits. It can be very frustrating
for a patient to see a doctor with such a complaint and be
turned away with the following advice: "Don't worry about it, this will resolve by itself."
Although the tincture of time does usually
heal, the patient's discomfort which prompted the visit
in the first place is not alleviated by their doctor's
in cases such like these, acupuncture can be an effective
treatment modality for treating functional symptoms in an
effective and safe fashion.
Research has shown that most
people gain relief from their symptoms with acupuncture. It does not
work for everybody and every condition but, frequently, good
results are achieved when more conventional medicine has failed.
It was developed over 3000 years ago and has evolved into a
comprehensive medical system complete, with it's own
language, diagnoses, symptoms constellations and specific
Medical acupuncture, developed over the last 250 years seeks
to combine acupuncture with the modern knowledge of science,
biology, anatomy and psychology. It seeks to bridge the gap
between the great insights of the ancients with the major
advancements of modern science. In the US it is only
practiced by physicians.
After the doctor spends a great deal of time interviewing a
patient and reviewing the relevant notes, imaging study
results and old records, the patient is asked to proceed to
a treatment room and disrobe. Gowns are provided for patient
comfort. A thorough traditional medical exam is followed by
a specialized Chinese medical examination which may be
particularly focused on a patient's tongue and his pulse.
After the doctor arrives at a diagnosis a
number of thin sterile needles is inserted in the specific
spots on the body knows as acu-points. Research suggests
that the specific functions of the acu-points are derived
from their anatomic locations, nerve proximity and the
autonomic response triggered with an acupuncture needles.
Research also suggests that the effects are far-reaching,
from a localized impact where the needle is placed to the
spinal cord where there are changes in the cerebral spinal
fluid to the regions of the brain that process pain and
The needles may or may not be hooked up to an electric
stimulator which provides low-voltage stimulation at the
acupuncture points to further potentiate the therapeutic
treatment. This is not uncomfortable and most patients just
feel a slight tapping or a buzzing sensation.
Most treatments last 15 to 20minutes at which point the
needles are withdrawn and the pt leaves feeling regenerated
and more relaxed. It is not uncommon for there to be an
immediate analgesic effect.
absolutely safe when
practiced by physicians appropriately trained in it. The needles used are disposable
and are never used more than once in our office.