We are pleased to serve the communities within and surrounding Dallas with our time-tested procedures and we love helping make Dallas a healthier, more vibrant community! Thank you for reading the following information which addresses our most commonly asked questions including - What is Acupuncture? & Can I benefit from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is both an effective form of medical treatment and a complete holistic health care system that can have profound effects on the health of both men and women. Acupuncture practitioners have used this treatment method for over 2,000 years to help millions of people become well and stay well. Current administration of acupuncture utilizes scientific and technologically advanced acupuncture procedures in addition to ancient principles including Chinese herbal medicine, acupressure, and auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture).
Acupuncture treatment is used to bring harmony and balance to the body and is beneficial for a variety of conditions. It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve its overall function. This is done by inserting very thin acupuncture needles (no wider than the diameter of a human hair) into very specific points on the body. The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals change the experience of pain and trigger the release of hormones and other chemicals which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in an increase of the body’s natural healing abilities, and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
There has been an increase in the number of couples seeking acupuncture over the past few decades to assist in the process of conceiving healthy babies. According to a study published in the International Journal of Women’s Health, “Women having difficulty conceiving may want to turn to acupuncture. Acupuncture can support fertility and help with a wide range of gynecological conditions.” The benefits of acupuncture do not stop once conception occurs. Many women turn to acupuncture throughout pregnancy to help ease pregnancy related conditions such as morning sickness, swollen ankles, back pain, sciatica, headaches, constipation, and heartburn. It is a much sought after treatment method because it is a safe alternative to pharmaceuticals. It is important for both the mother and the father to be as healthy as possible from conception to delivery and beyond. Acupuncture has been shown to have profound effects on stress reduction in both men and women, which is important because stress is a leading contributing factor to both male and female infertility.
Your experience with acupuncture will be unique to you, but most who have this treatment will feel an overall sense of calm and relaxation. Following the treatments most people report that they feel regenerated and energized. The tip of an acupuncture needle is designed for painless insertion: it comes to a smooth rather than a sharp point. The needles vary in length, and these lengths are intended for various areas of the body.
Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to be effective in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions, including the following:
Please let the office know if you would like more information on any of the following research articles, or if you would like us to find an article which would provide information specific to your health concern:
Acupuncture for migraine prophylaxis. Linde K, Allais G, Brinkhaus B, Manheimer E, Vickers A, White AR. Centre for Complementary Medicine Research, Department of Internal Medicine II, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Wolfgangstr. 8, Munich, Germany, 81667. “…there is consistent evidence that acupuncture provides additional benefit to treatment of acute migraine attacks only or accompanied by routine care.” Meta-analysis: acupuncture for low back pain. Manheimer E, White A, Berman B, Forys K, Ernst E. Ann Intern Med. 2005 Apr 19;142(8):651-63. University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21207, USA. “Acupuncture effectively relieves chronic low back pain.” Effect of acupuncture on rates of pregnancy and live birth among women undergoing in vitro fertilization: Manheimer E, Zhang G, Udoff L, et al. systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ. 2008; 336(7643):545-9. “…acupuncture may in fact improve rates of pregnancy.”