ACUPUNCTURE

ACUPUNCTURE FACTS

  • Acupuncture is a primary health care modality that has flourished in China for over 2,500 years. It is used widely throughout Asia and Europe, and is considered one of the newest primary health care provisions in the United States.
     
  • Acupuncture is a technique of inserting tiny thread-like needles along the meridian lines of the body.
     
  • Acupuncture’s complex system of diagnostic corollaries takes into consideration the person as a whole, not just isolated symptoms.
     
  • The practice of acupuncture is based on discerning a “pattern of disharmony” and treating accordingly.

Modern acupuncturists may use a number of treatment modalities, physical therapies and equipment such as electrical stimulation devices, herbal medicine, moxibustion (an herbal application of heat), and nutrition, to name a few.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

Acupuncture is a therapy that uses natural laws and energetic’s with the application of needles and pressure to specific “points” on the body. These points are grouped along specific pathways or meridians that cross the body. As long as the energy flows freely through these pathways, health is maintained. When the flow of energy is either absent, deficient, interrupted, excessive or blocked in an area, health is disrupted, resulting in illness or pain.

By stimulating appropriate acupuncture points along these meridians, the energy is released and regulated, and health is restored. Studies done by the World Health Organization indicate that acupuncture influences the central and peripheral nervous system. Evidence shows that acupuncture releases endorphins from the brain, which makes it particularly effective in pain control.

Among a host of factors, acupuncture affects sugar, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels in the blood, the functioning of the gastrointestinal system and the activity of the endocrine system. Acupuncture works with the body, harmonizing and balancing energy. It improves circulation and allows the body to heal itself more quickly and more completely.

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What should I expect during Acupuncture treatment?

Most patients are surprised at how comfortable they are during the treatment, finding it relaxing with a feeling of well-being. You may feel a slight sensation upon entry of the needle into the skin, or a dull or surging reaction when the needle reaches the “chi”, or correct point. The tiny needles are specifically designed to be virtually painless.

Acupuncture needles are far different from the hypodermic needles used to give injections.

Are there any side effects or reactions? 

One of the great advantages of acupuncture is the absence of any side effects. The needles used are single, one-time disposable needles which are discarded immediately after use.

WHAT IF I HAVE A FEAR OF NEEDLES?

There are alternative methods that do not require the use of needles:

  • Photobiostimulation – a low level laser which stimulates acu-points
  • Electroacupuncture – a low electrical frequency instrument which stimulates acu-points
  • Photobiostimulation – a low level laser which stimulates acu-points
  • Acupressure – finger pressure which stimulates acu-points

HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NECESSARY?

Evaluations are performed to assess your progress. Each person is unique with an individualized treatment plan; no two conditions or people respond in exactly the same way. The length of treatment depends on the type, severity and duration of the condition, and on the physical state at the time of the treatment. To obtain the best therapeutic results, it is important to follow the treatment plan and recommendations carefully, and vital to complete the course of therapy to restore optimum health.

WHAT CONDITIONS HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVELY TREATED BY ACUPUNCTURE?

The World Health Organization has approved acupuncture for the treatment of the following illnesses:

MUSCULO-SKELETAL

weakness in neck, shoulder, arms, hands, fingers, knees legs, and feet; backache or pain, muscular cramping, localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, sports injuries, arthritis, disc problems and sciatica

NEUROLOGICAL

headache, migraine, neuralgia, post-operative pain, stroke residuals and facial pain.

 

 

EYE, EAR, NOSE

poor vision, tired eyes, tinnitus, nerve deafness

DIGESTIVE

abdominal pain, hyperacidity, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, I.B.S. and Crohn’s disease

GYNECOLOGICAL

PMS, cramps, menopause syndrome

RESPIRATORY

sinusitis, common cold, tonsillitis, bronchitis, allergy (hay fever) and asthma

OTHER BENEFITS

increased energy and vitality, stress reduction, deep relaxation, skin rejuvenation, weight control, smoking cessation, alcohol, drug, and other addictions, pain control, athletic & physical function enhancement, heart rate regulation, blood pressure and immune system stability

EMOTIONAL

traumas, hypertension, insomnia, depression, anxiety, nervousness and neurosis

 


Additional supportive programs at Suma Wellness Center for health maintenance are designed and aimed to prevent and promote good health and longevity, as well as vitality to the body.

Our purpose is to help as many people as we can with our care.

Call us at 407-265-1888 if you have any questions about acupuncture treatments in Longwood FL.