"The art of healing comes from nature and not the physician. Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind."
Does It REALLY Work?
Using needles inserted into various points on the body to treat everything from pain to high blood pressure, morning sickness to allergies. Sure sounds a bit crazy. However, any therapy that has been around for thousands of years with billions of satisfied users must hold some validity. Just because our ability to understand how something works is lacking does not preclude it's effectiveness.
What about the placebo effect? Maybe these people simply believe it will work, therefore they think themselves well? Because the mind is the most powerful organ of the body, our expectations will affect the outcome of any therapy. Herbert Benson, M.D. from Harvard Medical School states that, "The placebo effect yields beneficial results in 60-90% of diseases." Therefore, having a positive expectancy is essential when it comes to attaining optimal health regardless of the condition. But there is more to acupuncture than mere placebo as research continues to prove it's benefits. To that effect, some of the world's most respected medical institutions (including Harvard and Stanford) now offer acupuncture training to their medical doctors. Mayo Clinic and Duke University Medical Center provide acupuncture services to their patients, embracing the new model of healthcare.
In an official publication, ACUPUNCTURE: REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF REPORTS ON CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS, the World Health Organization recognized that the following symptoms, diseases, and conditions were but a few of those shown to be treated effectively by acupuncture:
•low back pain •neck pain •sciatica •tennis elbow •knee pain •shoulder pain •sprains •facial pain •headache •dental pain •TMJ dysfunction •rheumatoid arthritis •induction of labor •correction of breech fetus •morning sickness •nausea and vomiting •postoperative pain •stroke •high blood pressure •low blood pressure •kidney pain •low white blood cells •adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy •allergies, including hay fever •gallbladder pain •menstrual pain •abdominal pain •peptic ulcer •acute and chronic gastritis
We once believed with scientific certainty that the earth was flat, frogs caused warts, and the moon was made of cheese. As you can see, modern acupuncture methods have entered the realm of modern science and dispelled many of the myths with which it has been associated. When performed by a skilled and knowledgeable practitioner, acupuncture is an incredibly safe and effective therapy with little known side effects. If you still have questions, I recommend you hear what my dog has to say about it:
Acupuncture is among one of the oldest healing practices in the world. The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of anatomical points on the body using a variety of techniques. These points are located along meridians, channels through which the body’s electromagnetic energy flows. When this energy flow is disturbed due to any number of stresses placed on the body, ill health results. Stimulation of specific points along these meridians restores normal balance to the flow of energy, releasing the body’s inborn healing power.
Think of your body as a radio broadcasting station that constantly transmits to your brain, providing it information pertinent to your state of well-being. This information allows the brain to make the necessary adjustments within the body required to maintain good health. Imagine that your body broadcasts at the frequency 93.5. If the dial (energy flow) of your body gets bumped to 93.7, the information the brain receives becomes static, just like a radio. Due to this interference, the brain cannot make proper physiological adjustments and the body loses function. Physical, emotional, or dietary stresses can bump the frequency of your meridians. Acupuncture tunes your body’s frequency back to normal, allowing the brain to restore balance to the body and heal itself.
The most familiar form of acupuncture treatment involves the use of fine needles. When most people think of needles, they picture either hypodermic needles, such as those used to administer shots, or sewing needles, which can be quite painful. Conversely, acupuncture needles are about as thin as a hair. In fact, they are so thin, five will fit in the hole of a typical hypodermic needle, which allows acupuncture treatments to be administered virtually pain free. A slight twinge may be noted upon insertion, but most people describe the sensation as less than a mosquito bite.
Acupuncture is a principle, not a technique. Therefore, while its style may vary, its effectiveness will remain consistent. How points are stimulated is not as important as which points are stimulated. Because acupuncture deals with the balancing of energy, needles are only one form of treatment. Shiatsu uses physical pressure applied to acupuncture points to balance energy. For those with needle phobias, low-level lasers and gentle electrical stimulation are both safe and effective treatment options we offer. Find the technique with which you are most comfortable and enjoy the benefits of this natural healing art.