Acupuncture Clinic of Pasadena
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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment that can relieve symptoms of some physical and psychological conditions; and may encourage the patient's body to heal and repair itself, if it is able to do so. It is a part of ancient Chinese medical system that has been used for more than 4000 years.
Acupuncture stimulates the nerves in skin and muscle, and can produce a variety of effects. We know that it increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphin and serotonin - in the pain pathways of both the spinal cord and the brain. This modifies the way pain signals are received.
However, acupuncture does much more than reduce pain, and has a beneficial effect on health. Patients often notice an improved sense of well being after treatment.
Modern research shows that acupuncture can affect most of the body's systems - the nervous system, muscle tone, hormone outputs, circulation, antibody production and allergic responses, as well as the respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
The practitioner will assess each patient's case and treatment will be tailored to the individual; so it is impossible to give more than a general idea of what treatment might involve. Typically, fine needles are inserted through the skin and left in position for half an hour, sometimes with manual or electrical stimulation. The number of needles varies but usually is five or six.
Remember that before starting acupuncture, the practitioner must be sure of the diagnosis and that all the necessary tests have been carried out which might point to any serious or potentially serious condition, perhaps requiring other forms of treatment.
Symptoms and diseases that can be treated effectively by acupuncture:
Pain relief for a wide range of painful conditions.
Acupuncture is commonly used to treat musculoskeletal pain, for example - back, shoulder, neck and leg pain
It has been used successfully to treat headaches, migraines, trapped nerves, chronic muscle strains and various kinds of arthritic and rheumatic pain.
Acupuncture has also been used effectively to treat sport injuries such as Achilles tendinitis, ankle sprains and other types of tendonitis. It has the most success if applied within a few weeks of the injuries.
Functional bowel or bladder problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or even mild forms of incontinence.
Menstrual and menopausal symptoms, e.g., period pains and hot flushes.
Allergies such as hay fever, perennial allergic rhinitis, and some types of allergic rashes such as urticaria and prickly heat.
Some other skin problems such as rashe, ulcers and itching.
Sinus problems and chronic catarrh. Dry mouth and eyes.
Help with quit smoking by stopping the craving for cigarettes, changing the taste, getting rid of the nicotine acid from the lungs and making smoking uncomfortable.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does give a rough idea of the wide range of conditions that respond to acupuncture treatment.