Since the word conjures up thoughts of stinging needles, many may immediately think "Ouch!" But is that really the case? Breathe a sigh of relief, because acupuncture will surprise you!
Acupuncture is powerfully effective in treating a wide variety of health conditions. I use it in my practice for patients experiencing anxiety, insomnia, pain, migraines, arthritis, back pain, colds, low energy, alcohol addiction, ADHD, grief management and smoking cessation. The list goes on.
Real People, Real Stories
One day I received an emergency call from a patient with a migraine headache. She had forgotten to bring her Imitrex to work and she was unable to drive home or even keep her eyes open because of the excruciating pain aggravated by the light. She was nauseated and down for the count. She suffered through migraines for years and was sick and tired of being sick and tired! Thirty minutes after her acupuncture treatment, she was alert, walking around, eyes open in the light and able to return to work. She was shocked at the results!
Another patient was haunted by frequent anxiety attacks and insomnia. Worried about addiction to Xanax and Ambien, he was desperate to find a nondrug remedy. After only 3 treatments, his anxiety decreased by 50% and he was able to sleep through the night without medication. Three treatments later, he no longer experienced anxiety attacks and weaned himself off the Xanax. Victory!
How Does It Work?
Best known in America for its pain relieving effects and lowering blood pressure, it involves placing very thin needles into the skin at designated points, which have therapeutic effects for specific conditions. Studies conducted by the National Institutes of Health, demonstrate that it works mainly by stimulating sensory neurons and other structures in the central nervous system, which activate pathways to the brain and other parts of the body. Research has revealed that the stimulation of the needles releases opioids in the body, which serve as pain modulators (National Institute of Health).
Simply put, the needles stimulate the release of chemicals in the body and brain, conducting a mild electrical current throughout the body. We are electrical beings. Our heart and every molecule in the body run on an electric current. Sometimes that current is weak or obstructed by disease, stress, and wear and tear on the body. And that’s where acupuncture shines.
Acupuncture is a popular form of alternative medicine, which has been around for thousands of years. Chinese theory suggests needle placement helps balance the body's energy flow called "qi". The Chinese began using acupuncture as early as 100 BC and continue to use it today in their hospitals and doctors’ offices. Their advanced acupuncture techniques are best known for use as a surgical anesthesia, post operative anesthesia, relief from stroke symptoms and chronic pain (JAMA Internal Med Chronic Pain, Acupuncture Anesthesia).
With over 3 million people using acupuncture per year in the U.S., The National Institutes for Heath and the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine endorse this movement with their report on various successful clinical trials for migraines, tension headaches, osteoarthritis, knee pain, stress reduction, chronic fatigue syndrome, neck pain and low back pain to name a few. nccih.nih.gov. In America, we call it an “alternative health treatment;” however, in Asian countries, it has been the medicine of choice for thousands of years. It sustained the test of time because it works.
But What About the Needles?
Terrified of needles? We use the thinnest needles so that you will either feel nothing at all or perhaps a slight pinch. The needles are placed in specific points on the body and do not penetrate structures that create pain. We take care to give you a relaxed, therapeutic session, ensuring your comfort at all times.
What Can I Expect?
Allow 45 minutes for your first appointment. I will take your history and prepare for your treatment. Your actual treatment time is 20-25 min. You will be in a quiet room, lying down and relaxing during your session. Some patients bring earphones and listen to gentle music while in therapy; others just take a 20-minute nap.
Relief is in Sight
Are you ignoring a health condition that is not improving? Are you interested in a natural approach that is safe and effective with no negative side effects? Then consider Acupuncture. The Chinese perfected their medicine over 2000 years ago, and today it is used worldwide as a smart remedy (World Health Organization on Acupuncture).
Bottom line: it works! Lay your fears aside and treat yourself to a few sessions. The results will surprise you.
Dr. Shostek is a board certified chiropractic physician and certified acupuncturist. She is committed to optimal patient health using holistic treatments, including acupuncture. Dr. Shostek is affiliated with Greenpath Clinic with offices in Wheaton and Naperville. For a complimentary consultation, contact Dr. Shostek at: www.greenpathclinic.com, via email to email@example.com.