Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique that is thousands of years old.  It is used to treat various medical conditions by inserting thin needles into certain points present on the human body.  The theory is that each of these points corresponds to a particular metabolic and physiological function of the human body. Acupuncture is said to erase negative influences that block the flow of positive energy within the body. Usage of the needles on designated points helps to unblock the flow of positive energy and maintains the right balance in the physical and physiological systems. The insertion of needles and its depth depends upon the ailment.

Using acupuncture is seen to provide a healthy and unconventional way to treat various diseases without the administration of any drugs or medicines.  Most conditions dealt with by acupuncture are pain-related. Now the question is what can acupuncture treat?

Here are some of the medical conditions in which people found acupuncture to be a useful treatment.

  • General Conditions –  arthritis, back pain, shoulder pain, leg pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, and migraines.
  • Women’s Health Conditions – menstrual cramps, menopause symptoms, postpartum symptoms, and lactation problems.
  • Men’s Health Conditions – impotence and prostate problems.
  • Injuries and Pain – It can relieve pain that comes with muscle sprains nerve pain, toothaches, and rheumatism.
  • Other Conditions – Stress management is treated with acupuncture, by helping induce relaxation and treating fatigued nerves.  Acupuncture is used for treating sleep problems, anxiety, and seasonal attunement.

In many cases, acupuncture is used as a “last resort” treatment or in addition to more traditional Western medicine treatments. Some people use it just as a relaxation treatment such as a massage.  In any case, it is always a good idea to have any severe conditions checked by a physician and then discuss with them how acupuncture treatments may help with your situation.

For more information, contact Preston Family Chiropractic and Acupuncture at 919-238-5040.