Acupuncture is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. It is an alternative method of medicine originating in ancient China that treats patients by inserting thin, solid needles (as opposed to hollow hypodermic needles) into specific points in the skin. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, stimulating these points can correct imbalances in the flow of energy, or Qi (pronounced "chee"), through channels known as meridians. Acupuncture can be the therapy of choice for many types of conditions. It is commonly used for neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions, headaches, digestive and endocrine disorders, paralysis, infertility, as well as for weight-loss and smoking cessation.

The background of Acupuncture:

Acupuncture has its roots deeply rooted in China. In fact, authorities agree the science is between 5,000 to 7,000 years old.  Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network that traverses just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior surface to the internal organs. Today, this network is comprised of 14 meridians and over 1,000 points. Energy found among these meridians works in harmony with the body's circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, genitourinary, and all other systems of the body. If there is a disruption of energy flow, it can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body.  Stimulation of one or a combination or key Acupuncture points can help restore harmony to the affected areas and their corresponding organ systems.

Is Acupuncture Safe and Effective?

Yes and Yes. Acupuncture is deemed safe when administered by well-trained practitioners using sterile needles. In terms of efficacy, Acupuncture's use for certain conditions has been endorsed by the United States National Institutes of Health, the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, the World Health Organization, and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In most cases, a treatment plan will be necessary for long term benefit. Oftentimes, this treatment plan will consist of 1-3 visits per week for 2-6 weeks, depending on the condition and its chronicity.

Is Acupuncture Painful?

One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most of us can relate to being stuck with a pin or having our blood drawn. However, the feeling of an acupuncture needle being inserted feels very different than that of a pin or hypodermic needle. The acupuncture needles are so slim that four or more of them can easily be inserted into the hollow type of hypodermic needle that is usually used at your Internist's office. Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle, most people either feel nothing at all or compare the sensation as "less that a mosquito bite". On occasion, a phenomenon referred to as "teh chi" may occur when energy is contacted at the center of the acupuncture point. This sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling that may or may not radiate to another location. This "teh chi" felt is actually a good sign, that of reaching and affecting a much deficient or overly excited point.

What to expect at our office:

Here at PPM, safety and efficacy are our top priorities. We always use disposable, one-time-use acupuncture needles which are sealed in a sterile vacuum pack until ready for use. To make your acupuncture sessions completely personal to you, we will begin with a consultation and discussion about your presenting symptoms and your past medical history, as well as your short and long term goals. We will take all the information into account, along with our physical exam findings, to choose the specific points that will be most effective in your recovery. Your acupuncture session could range from 30 minutes to just over 60 minutes, depending on the condition, severity, and the number of needles used. Nowadays, most Insurance plans offer Acupuncture Benefits. If you are interested, please contact our office to find out if yours does. Otherwise, we offer competitive pricing for cash visits.

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