Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
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What is Acupuncture?
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How Does Acupuncture Work?
Thats the million dollar question. The answer you get often depends on who you ask. Traditional theory believes health is restored by moving and balancing qi (which you can loosely translate as energy) in the channels. Some in the West believe qi is a small current which carries information in the body. There is another theory in the west that believes nerves are being stimulated. It is true that a number of acupuncture points do lie over major nerve beds. Others look at blood chemistry and point out that acupuncture points can be used to increase the body's production of its' own opiates. These opiates have a pain relieving function as well as playing a calming and mood elevating role. There is a group of researchers who are now looking at how needles affect activity in the brain. In one study, they needled a point in the foot related to vision and cat scanned the optical center of the brain. They found out that this area lit up, the way it would if you flashed a bright light in someone's eyes.
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What Conditions Does Acupuncture Treat?
The World Health Organization recognizes Acupuncture as being an effective treatment for many of today's ailments. The following is a partial list of the most common conditions treatable by Acupuncture:
Musculo-Skeletal Disorders: Low back pain, Sciatica, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, TMJ, and Frozen Shoulder
Psychoemotional Disorders: Stress, Depression, Anxiety, Irritability, and Insomnia
Neurological Disorders: Headaches, Migraines, Dizziness, Post Stroke Paralysis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Neuropathies, Fascial Palsy, Meniere's Disease, Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction, and Sequlae of Polymyelitis
Gynecological Disorders: Infertility, Menopausal Symptoms, Endometriosis, Premenstrual Syndrome, Irregular Menstruation, and Hormonal Disturbances
Gastro-Intestinal Disorders: Constipation, Diarrhea, Nausea, Vomiting, Indigestion, Acid Reflux, Colitis, Hiccough, Ulcers, and Food Allergies
Circulatory Disorders: High Blood Pressure, Angina, Poor Circulation
Upper Respiratory Tract: Sinusitis, Rhinitis, Common Cold, Tonsilitis, Toothaches, Earaches, Sore Throat, Allergies
Respiratory Disorders: Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema
Uro-Genital Disorders:Incontinence, Neurogenic Bladder Dysfunction, Cystitis, Prostitis
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