What is Acupuncture? How can it help Me?

WHO?

Who can receive acupuncture? Who can give an acupuncture treatment?

Who practices acupuncture?

Anyone who has a License or Certification in Acupuncture.

A Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) has completed a minimum of 3 years in training with a Master's degree in Acupuncture. Physical therapists, medical doctors, and chiropractors who practice acupuncture have an abbreviated course.

Who can receive acupunture treatment?

Anyone can receive acupuncture. Even kids as young as 4 years old can receive acupuncture. See the list of treatable conditions to see if acupuncture might help you.

WHAT?

What exactly is acupuncture? What can acupuncture treat?

What is acupuncture exactly?

Acupuncture is simply the act of strategically placing tiny filiform (solid, not hallow/hypodermic) needles into the body to produce a change in the brain and physiology.

What can acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of conditions, diseases, disorders and injuries. Acupuncture can simply reduce symptoms in some cases, but can also change the physiology of certain disease processes in other cases to reverse disorders.

Click here to see a full list of conditions treatable with acupuncture

WHEN?

When should you come in for acupuncture?

As soon as symptoms first occur it is easier to treat conditions with acupuncture. The more chronic the condition, the longer it can take to see results and be symptom free.

Ideally, if you are new to acupuncture, you will see the best results if you come in for at least three acupuncture treatments within a reasonable amount of time (usually three weeks). Majority of people see a great reduction in symptoms after about four to six acupuncture treatments. Some people get immediate, lasting results after one treatment, other times it can take up to ten treatments. It is suggested to use Functional Medicine with Acupuncture for best results. It is also suggested to keep very good notes about how well you are progressing. This helps the Doctor give you the best type of acupuncture each treatment that will give the best results.

WHERE?

Where do the acupuncture needles go?
Acupuncture points/sites are selected based off your unique presentation of disease. No two people are treated the same. Unlike Western Allopathic medicine where a person might be diagnosed with a disease and treated with the same medication as other people with that disease - Acupuncture points are chosen based on your unique symptoms. Points are usually in fairly common places like around the elbows and knees, on the back, in major muscles, or in between bony landmarks. No acupuncture occurs in private areas, and painful areas like the palms and soles of the hands and the feet, and the face are avoided if possible.

WHY?

Why acupuncture over other therapies ?

Acupuncture works well both as a stand alone therapy and a conjunctive therapy.

  • Acupuncture has little to no side effects
  • Acupuncture works very quick, especially for pain
  • Acupuncture can treat many different problems and symptoms at once
  • Acupuncture is extremely safe
  • Acupuncture doesn't hurt!
  • Acupuncture is very affordable
  • You do not have to depend on acupuncture and keep coming back; it can permanently reverse symptoms

HOW?

How can acupuncture treat such a wide variety of problems?
Acupuncture can treat both physical pain and trauma and emotional conditions and internal problems. Because acupuncture works by using your own bodies signalling systems (the nerves, neurotransmitters, enzymes and the brain) it can easily access areas that medications cannot treat, surgery cannot reach, and other physical therapies cannot relieve well.

What conditions can acupuncture treat?

In general any condition, disease or dysfunction which does not require Emergency Medical attention is treatable with Acupuncture.

From AcuFinder.com:

The most common ailments presented to an acupuncturist tend to be pain related conditions. For example; arthritis, back, neck, knee and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that is capable of diagnosing and successfully treating a wide range of condition.

Musculoskeletal & Neurological

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Tension
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bells Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Lyme Disease
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Gastrointestinal

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic Colon
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Stomach Cramping
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids

Gynecological, Genitourinary & Obstetrics

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Chronic Diseases & Miscellaneous

  • Diabetes
  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control
  • Scars

Evergreen Medical Acupuncture

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Phone: 303-594-8348
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