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Acupuncture

  1. Acupuncture: What is it?
    • Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better known in the United States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China used needles to ease his pain after surgery.

      The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques. American practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries. The acupuncture technique that has been most studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation.
  2. How does acupuncture work?
    • The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it In others.

      The meridians can be Influenced by needling the acupuncture points: the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body's internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

      The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of discomfort, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body's own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body's natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
  3. What is medical acupuncture? Is it different from ordinary acupuncture?
    • Acupuncture is a very old medical art, and there are many approaches to learning and practicing it. Medical acupuncture is the term used to describe acupuncture performed by a doctor trained and licensed In Western medicine who has also had thorough training in acupuncture as a specialty practice. Such a doctor can use one or the other approach or a combination of both as the need arises, to treat an illness.
  4. What is the scope of medical acupuncture?
    • The World Heath Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of a wide range of medical problems, including:

      - Digestive disorders: gastritis and hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea.

      - Respiratory disorders: sinusitis, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, recurrent chest infections.

      - Neurological, muscular, neck, low back pain, neuritis, neuropathy and trigeminal neuralgia disorders: headaches, facial tics, neck pain, rib neuritis, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, various forms of tendinitis, low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis.

      - Urinary, menstrual, and reproductive problems.

      While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used, or as the support or adjunct to other medical treatment forms in many medical and surgical disorders.
  5. Are there any side effects to acupuncture treatment?
    • Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome.
  6. What are the acupuncture needles like? Do they hurt?
    • People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal discomfort as the needles are inserted; some feel no discomfort at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no discomfort felt.

      Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cuffing edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling can be. The risk of bruising and skin irritation Is less than when using a hollow needle.
  7. Does acupuncture really work?
    • Yes. In the past 2,000 years. more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today acupuncture is practiced widely in Asia, the Soviet Union, and in Europe. It is now being used more and more in America by patients and physicians.
  8. Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?
    • No. Acupuncture is used successfully on cats, dogs, horses and other animals. These animal patients do not understand or believe in the process that helps them get better. A positive attitude toward wellness may reinforce the effects of the treatment received, just as a negative attitude may hinder the effects of acupuncture or any other treatment. A neutral attitude ("I don't know if I really believe in this.") will not block the treatment results.

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Dr. Label is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology (F.A.A.N.)

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Dr. Lorne Label, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.N.

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