Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a potent technique that uses very thin needles that are inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body.

For most, the needling process is painless, or minimally painful. The needles are left in place for a short time while the patient lays on the table relaxing.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China, and is now practiced all over the world. Over 3 million Americans used acupuncture in 2007, and that number is growing. Its widespread use is due in large part to the fact that it works, and works quickly.

Many patients leave our clinic feeling significantly better. Others feel better over the next several days. Acupuncture is most researched for pain, but is part of the distinct medical system of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions including:

  • Musculoskeletal issues: pain, sprains, strains, weakness, muscle spasm, spinal stenosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis and ankylosing spondylitis

  • Cancer symptoms and cancer treatment side effects: nausea, fatigue, neuropathy, poor appetite, change in taste.

  • Gastrointestinal issues: nausea, diarrhea, constipation, gas.

  • Neurological issues: neuropathy, headache, migraine, carpal tunnel syndrome.

  • Women’s health issues: menstrual issues, menopausal symptoms, hot flashes.

  • Psychological issues: stress, anxiety, depression, panic attack.

  • Addiction: smoking cessation support, other forms of tobacco, alcohol, among others.

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The practice of acupuncture has emerged as an important nondrug option that can help chronic pain patients avoid the use of potentially harmful medications, especially opiates with their serious risk of substance use disorder (aka addiction).

Harvard Health Blog 1/25/2018