Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Research shows that acupuncture is beneficial in treating a variety of health conditions

Acupuncture has been effectively used for the treatment of back pain, headache, migraine, and sports injuries. However, acupuncture provides more than pain relief. It is helpful in treating anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, abdominal pain and swelling, menstrual cramps, weight control, infertility and much, much more.

Acupuncture is a technique whose positive effects have been developed and used by the Chinese during the past several thousand years and have recently been confirmed by modern scientific research. The acupuncturist stimulates the flow of “qi” (pronounced “chee”) throughout the body to bring about a balance and harmony of energy. When the qi is blocked there is pain and illness and when it flows freely they is health and balance.

The patient may feel a tingling, electrical, warm or cool feeling when the qi has been stimulated by the use of fine needles inserted just below the skin. The patient may report no feeling of qi and may even feel there has been no immediate change in their condition. It is later, usually within 24 hours, that they report being pain free or having a diminished sense of pain in their body.

One advantage of acupuncture is that in the hands of a fully trained acupunctrist there are little or no incidences of adverse effects. This is especially noticiable when compared to accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Statement said that ” musculoskeletal conditions such as fibromalagia pain, tennis elbow, TMJ, low back pain and migraine are conditions for which acupuncture is beneficial.” The NIH has additionally endorsed acupuncture for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, and lower back pain.Testimonials (See patient’s comments.) Acupuncture has been included in the California Worker’s Compensation system as a treatment modality since 1987.
In attempts to improve their health and/or combat illness, approximately 4 in 10 Americans will use a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy this year. CAM therapies vary widely, with acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine and homeopathy among the more prominent modalities. CAM therapies are used in addition to and/or instead of the more conventional forms of medical care available in U.S. hospitals or licensed physicians’ offices.

A rapidly increasing interest in CAM has led to a nascent movement aimed at integrating various CAM therapies with the conventional health care system. In Washington State, for example, health insurance coverage for CAM therapies has been mandated, and a number of “integrated” delivery systems have been born.

Although the political and economic forces leading to adoption and integration of CAM therapies vary widely by geographic locale, it is likely that some degree of integration will occur throughout much of the United States. Similar processes are occurring in Canada, Europe and Australia and within middle and upper level socioeconomic strata worldwide.

This paper identifies potential barriers and facilitators to potential integration, of medical disciplines and argues for an accessible, multidisciplinary and evidence-based, yet humanistic and patient-oriented approach.  Barrett, B. 2003. Alternative, complementary, and conventional medicine: is integration upon us? Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 9(3):417-27.

Auricular Therapy

This method is similar to Acupuncture, but concentrates on the ear, which contains acupuncture points that are linked to various parts of the body.

Ear Acupuncture has been used successfully in the treatment of addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, food or tobacco. Arthritis, asthma, indigestion, migraine, urinary problems and nervous disorders are some of the common problems treated using this modality.

Patients are asked a series of questions about their medical history, as well general details of their parents’ or even grandparents’ health. The ear is then examined visually to reveal any additional problems in other parts of the body as indicated by patches of dry skin, discolorations or malformations.

Some acupuncturists may pass a small electrical detctor over the ear, in addition to a visual inspection, as an additional method to detect any abnormalities.

Needles, “seeds,” “tacks” or minute electrical impulses are then used to stimulate the various points on the ear to active the body’s natural healing processes.

The “seeds” or “tacks” that are attached to a small adhesive pad are left in the ear for one to four days. This is done to enhance the treatment process over a longer period of time. The small pads generally fall off when taking a shower or washing the ears and because of their extremely small size will be washed unnoticed down the drain.

Minute impulses generated by electro stimulation can cause a mild tingling sensation on the ear which indicates that healing and rebalancing is occurring.

Ear Acupuncture has been used successfully in the treatment of addictions, whether drugs, alcohol, food or tobacco. Arthritis, asthma, indigestion, migraine, urinary problems and nervous disorders are some other common problems treated using this modality.