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Editor: Yael Rosenberg, RN, B.S.H

 • Description
 • Statistical Information
 • Symptoms Treated
 • Questions to ask the Practitioner
 • General Tips
 • Products and Services
 • Books and Publications

Acupuncture is a technique based on traditional and classical Chinese Medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that the body's vital energy, or qi, flows between the skin surface and the internal organs along invisible channels called meridians; blockages cause pain and disease.

Practitioners use the method of stimulating trigger points on the surface of the body in an attempt to balance chi (energy flow) and restore the body’s equilibrium.. While acupressure involves placing gentle pressure by hand, fingers, elbows or an assortment of devices, acupuncture utilizes extremely thin needles at various depths to stimulate these points

Statistical studies show the following:
Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is widely practiced in the United States. Its efficacy is currently under investigation as the results are skewed by the presence of sham practitioners. More women than men utilize this healing method.

Acupuncture has be shown to be effective for the following conditions among others:
  •  Alleviate side effects of chemotherapy such nausea and vomiting
  •  Relieves acute and chronic pain that might be generalized or specific headaches and migraines, arthritis, tendonitis, , fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, menstrual cramps, sprains, and toothaches
  •  Alleviates chronic pain caused by spinal stenosis herniated discs ,and ankylosing spondilitis
  •  Reduces symptoms of fatigue associated with chronic fatigue syndrome
  •  Helps with female reproductive issues such as enhancing fertility, and minimizing the symptoms associated with menopause.
  •  Offers relief to patients suffering from gastrointestinal problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disorder, and Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease.
  •  Used in treatment of musculoskeletal injuries
  •  Effective in managing: Asthma, Gout, Depression, and Anxiety
  •  Acupuncture points can also be stimulated to increase energy and alertness, reduce stress stimulate the immune system, and alleviate sexual dysfunction.
  •  Can be utilized for cosmetic purposes namely as a method of face lift, or for hair loss.

Questions to ask the practitioner
  •  How many years experience have you had utilizing this healing method  
  •  What is your success rate  
  •  Certificates and Licenses  
  •  References  

General Tips
  •  Seek the advice of your health provider before embarking on any form of treatment
  •  Certain acupuncture points should not be stimulated on people with high or low blood pressure and on pregnant women.
  •  Do not eat an unusually large meal immediately before or after your treatment.
  •  Do not drink alcohol prior to acupuncture treatment
  •  Avoid sexual activity or strenuous exercise at least 6 hours prior to treatment
  •  Schedule a rest period immediately after treatment

List of Products & Services
 •  Miracle Foot Acupuncture
 •  AK-2000-II Electronic Acupuncture Massager

Books and Publications 
 •  Acupuncture for Everyone: What It Is, Why It Works, and How It Can Help You (Paperback)
 •  Complete Idiot's Guide to Acupuncture and Acupressure (Paperback)
 •  Acupuncture
 •  Acupuncture & IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60% (Paperback)

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