Thinking about trying acupuncture? Nancy Yuan Luan, licensed acupuncture practitioner and clinic director of Apex Acupuncture and Natural Health Clinic in Brookfield WI is one practitioner who offers several reasons why you might be happy you did.
Pain-relief is probably the most common reason patients seek out acupuncture, but the Apex clinic website www.apexacupuncturehealth.com, explains their specialized cofounded health systems: AcuFit TM weight loss treatment system, AcuBeauty TM natural anti-aging system, and AcuReliefTM pain management system. Many other individualized treatments can be refined for specific need such as infertility, depression, migraines, and arthritis.
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine and has become accepted treatment worldwide for many conditions. Similarly to many other natural health treatments, many acupuncturists suggest 1 month of treatment for every year you have had an active condition (i.e. consistent back pain for 5 years).
Acupuncture uses extremely thin sterile needles. Most patients feel almost nothing or minimal sensation. Other treatments stimulate the acupuncture needles with an electric charge, similar to the feeling of a tens unit (a slight tingly feeling). The needles are left in from 10-30 minutes while you rest. Many patients feel so relaxed they fall asleep.
Cupping and Tuina (massage techniques) help remove toxins, relieve muscle tension, and target acupuncture points and the flow of meridians. Herbs and far-infrared lighting are other common adjunctive treatments.
Research and evidence: Over 1,000 published clinical trials and 100 literature reviews and meta-analyses accessible in databases such as PubMed and the National Library of Medicine.
Essential Health Care’s website lists benefits of acupuncture, and has lists of “Diseases, symptoms, or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved, through controlled trials, to be an effective treatment.”