What is acupuncture?
The intent of acupuncture therapy is to promote health and alleviate pain and suffering. The method by which this is accomplished, though it may seem strange and mysterious to many, has been time tested over thousands of years and continues to be validated today.
What can Acupuncture Treat?
- Back Pain
- Joint Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Chronic pain
- Sinus/nasal inflammation, allergies
- Respiratory disorders, bronchial asthma
- Headaches, migraines
- Weight loss by acupuncture
- Side effects associated with cancer treatments
- Sciatica, tendonitis
- Knee pain, strains, and sprains
- Cravings from drug, alcohol, and tobacco addiction
- Many Other Health Issues
What can I expect?
Our licensed acupuncturists will sit down with you on your first visit and discuss your medical history, current health, and explain to you how acupuncture might benefit you. During this visit, the acupuncturist will allow you to examine an acupuncture needle up close so that you can see just how tiny the needle is.
Depending on what health issues you are looking to address, the acupuncturist will insert tiny needles into your skin on various parts of your body. The needles are so small that most patients do not even feel them when they are inserted. Many people also report a feeling of relaxation while the needles are in place. The needles remain inserted for about 15-20 minutes. The number of acupuncture sessions needed will vary based on your health status and personal needs.
Balancing Your Chi or Energy
The perspective from which an acupunctu
rist views health and sickness hinges on concepts of “vital energy,” “energetic balance,” and “energetic imbalance.” Just as the Western medical doctor monitors the blood flowing through blood vessels and the messages traveling via the nervous system, the acupuncturist assesses the flow and distribution of this “vital energy or Chi” within pathways known as “meridians and channels.”
The acupuncturist is able to influence health and sickness by stimulating certain areas along these “meridians.” Traditionally, these areas or “acupoints” were stimulated by fine, slender needles. Today, many additional forms of stimulation are incorporated, including herbs, electricity, magnets, and lasers. Still, the aim remains the same—adjust the “vital energy” so the proper amount reaches the proper place at the proper time. This helps your body heal itself.
Oriental Medicine: Ancient Art Form
Acupuncture is just one form of therapy used within the coherent system of healing known as oriental medicine. Oriental Medicine includes herbology, physical therapy, dietetics, and special exercises (such as Tai Chi and Qi Gong), and is a complete medical system u nto itself and is not another branch of modern Western medicine. Acupuncture evolved from principles. Acupuncture was first discussed in the ancient Chinese medical text “Huang Di Nei Jing” (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine), originating more than 2000 years ago.
Acupuncture Recognized by North America
In North America, acupuncture has grown into what is now a common form of pain management therapy in many clinics and hospitals. The Washington Post reported in 1994 that an estimated 15 million Americans, or roughly 6% of the American population has visited an acupuncturist and has tried acupuncture for a variety of symptoms including chronic pain, fatigue, nausea, arthritis, and digestive problems.
In 1995, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified acupuncture needles as medical instruments and assured their safety and effectiveness. In 1997, the U.S. National Institute of Health issued a report titled: “Acupuncture: The NIH Consensus Statement.” It stated that acupuncture is a very useful method for treating many conditions. It acknowledges that the side effects of acupuncture are considerably less adverse than when compared to medical procedures such as surgery or pharmaceuticals.
In addition, the NIH made the recommendation to U.S. insurance companies to provide full coverage of acupuncture treatment for certain conditions. This momentous advancement in the status of acupuncture in the United States has certainly influenced its status elsewhere in the world. Acupuncture treatment’s inclusion in many insurance plans is a sure sign of its acceptance into mainstream medicine and is also an indicator of its success.
If you have any more questions or if you would like to book an acupuncture appointment, call us at (570) 346-4621.
The Inner Harmony Wellness Center
743 Jefferson Avenue
General Services Building, Suite 104
Scranton, PA 18510