Acupuncture is an essential part of Oriental medicine, a comprehensive system of health care with a continuous history of over 3000 years. Oriental medicine includes acupuncture, Chinese herbs and bodywork, dietary therapy and exercise based on traditional Oriental medicine principles. Acupuncture for pain relief a popular use.
These therapies work with the natural vital energy inherent within all living things to promote the body's ability to heal itself. This system of health care is used extensively by one-quarter of the world's population residing in Asia and is rapidly growing in popularity in the West.
How Does It Work?
Oriental medicine is based on an energetic model rather than the biochemical model of Western medicine.
The ancient Chinese recognized a vital energy behind all life forms and life processes. They called this energy Qi (pronounced chee). In developing an understanding of the prevention and cure for disease, these healing practitioners discovered that this energy flows along specific pathways called 'meridians'.Each pathway is associated with a particular physiological system and internal organ. Disease is considered to arise due to a deficiency or imbalance of energy in the meridians and their associated physiological systems.
Acupuncture points are specific locations along the meridians. Each point has a predictable effect upon the vital energy passing through it. Modern science has been able to measure the electrical charge at these points, thus corroborating the locations of the meridians mapped by the ancients.
Traditional Oriental medicine uses an intricate system of pulse and tongue diagnosis, palpation of points and meridians, medical history and other signs and symptoms to create a composite Oriental medical diagnosis. A treatment plan is then formulated to induce the body to a balanced state of health.
What Can I Expect?
Many Conditions may be alleviated very rapidly by acupuncture and Oriental medicine. However, some conditions that have arisen over the course of years will be relieved only with slow, steady progress.
As in any form of healing, the patient's attitude, diet, determination and lifestyle will affect the outcome of a course of treatment. Patients are encouraged to actively participate in their healing process.
Although Oriental medicine can treat most conditions, there are circumstances that can be dealt with more effectively by Western medicine. In such cases, your acupuncturist will recommend you contact a Western medical doctor. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine should be seen as complementary to Western medicine.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
In the hands of a comprehensively trained acupuncturist, your safety is assured.Our acupuncture needles are sterile and are disposable.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Acupuncture bears no resemblance to the feeling of receiving an injection, since the main source of painfrom injections is the large diameter, hollow needle and the medication, being forced into tissue by pressure. Acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, about the diameter of a human hair. In most cases, insertion by a skilled practitioner is performed without discomfort.
You may experience a sense of heaviness or electricity in the area of insertion. Most patients find the treatments very relaxing and many fall asleep during treatment. In some cases, your practitioner may also recommend herbs or dietary, exercise or lifestyle changes.
The World Health Organization (WHO)
Recognizes acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine's ability to treat over 43 common disorders including:
Gastrointestinal Disorders, such as food allergies, peptic ulcer, chronic diarrhea, gastrointestinal weakness, Constipation, indigestion, anorexia and gastritis.
Urological Disorders, including stress incontinence, urinary tract infections, and sexual dysfunction.
Gynecological Disorders, such as irregular, heavy, or painful menstruation, infertility in women and men, and pre menstrual syndrome.
Respiratory Disorders, such as emphysema, sinusitis, asthma, allergies, and bronchitis.
Disorders of the Bones, Muscles, Joints, and Nervous System, such as arthritis, migraine headaches, neuralgia, insomnia, dizziness and low back, neck and shoulder pain.
Circulatory Disorders, such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, and anemia.
Emotional and Psychological Disorders, including depression and anxiety.
Addictions, such as alcohol, nicotine, and drugs.
Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders.
Supportive therapy for other chronic and painful debilitating disorders.
How Do I Find A Qualified Practitioner?
Oriental medicine is a complex form of medicine that has been practiced in several countries around the world for hundreds of years. As a result, there are many valid schools of thought and traditions within the profession.
In order to obtain the best health care, you should seek State Licensed and National Board Certified practitioner who has been comprehensively trained in acupuncture.
Over 30 states, including New York and Connecticut, have passed statutes or regulations setting standards for the practice of acupuncture by comprehensively trained acupuncturists. If you live in a regulated state, you should seek a Licensed, Registered, or Certified Acupuncturist.
If you live in an unregulated jurisdiction, it would be best to locate an individual certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
Stephen Lippmann, MS, LAc, Dipl Ac is a Licensed Acupuncturist in New York and Connecticut. He is a Board Certified Acupuncturist by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture an Oriental Medicine.