A 2,000 Year Old Practice
Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world, used to treat a wide range of conditions. Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory in which a disorder is caused by the inability of a persons vital energy or “Qi” to flow properly throughout the body. An acupuncturist inserts sterile, hair-thin needles into the body to restore flow and harmony in the body.
The World Health organization recognizes effective acupuncture treatment for over 40 common disorders such as
- Muscuoskeletal disorders | low back pain, tennis elbow, sciatica, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome
- Psychoemotional and neurological disorders | depression, anxiety, insomnia and headache
- Gynecological disorders | menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, PMS, infertility, menopause symptoms
- Gastrointestinal disorders | food allergies, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, colitis
Acupuncture may be useful as an adjunct treatment, as an acceptable alternative or included as part of a comprehensive management program.
See www.nccaop.org for more information.