(Chinese: 针灸; pinyin: zhēnjiǔ)
Acupuncture is the ancient healing technique of inserting delicate needles into the body to encourage regulation of the body's systems, promoting circulation, immunity and wellness, while decreasing pain and worry. Acupuncture works with our parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) to conserve, and therefore strengthen, the body's energy, in Chinese terms, called qì (氣 or 气). This is the part in charge of rest and relaxation. It's the yin to the sympathetic nervous system's very yang, flight or flight mechanisms. Together, the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems comprise the autonomic nervous system, responsible for governing the unconsious actions in the body. Stimulating the PSNS slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, moderates breathing, encourages digestive processes, including urine and bowel function, balances reproductive organ activity, and releases tension in the muscles.
Our bodies respond to the pins in a variety of ways. A sensation of heaviness or effervescence may occur; you may feel peaceful or euphoric. Patients are monitored closely and treatments are adjusted to the comfort of our visitors. Depending on the individual, the condition, and the location of the poke, the acupuncture needles are retained for 0-40 minutes. This is time for rest and rejuvenation.
Acupuncture is one aspect of Oriental Medicine (OM), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and Classical Chinese Medicine (CCM).
One Medicine's acupuncture treatments often include adjunct healing modalities, such as moxibustion, cupping, auricular therapies (ear needles, ear beads, ear seeds, ear massage, etc.), Korean Hand Therapy (KHT), magnet therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese food therapy, lifestyle recommendations, stone healing, energy medicine, and more. Our appointments are tailored to the individual at the time of treatment and will never be the same. They are very special, individualized visits.
Since November 1997, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has noted acupuncture as an effective treatment for pain and an adjunct therapy for additional conditions, including stroke rehabilitation headache, addiction, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
In 2012, The American Medical Association Journal of Internal Medicine (JAMA) concluded that acupuncture is effective for reducing chronic pain with few side effects. JAMA reported that acupuncture's efficacy is not a placebo effect and is shown more effective than conventional therapies for pain management.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published an 87-page report in 2003 entitled Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials and listed 28 diseases, symptoms or conditions for which research has proven acupuncture to be an effective treatment. Nearly 100 more conditions were reported by controlled trials to have some therapeutic benefits. These ailments include:
low back pain
periarthritis of the shoulder
facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
induction of labor
correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
nausea and vomiting
adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
acute bacillary dysentery
acute and chronic gastritis