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We specialize in these conditions and treat many more:
Infertility | Back, Neck & Joint Pain | Facial Rejuvenation | Pediatrics | Allergies | Sports Injuries | Digestive & Stomach Disorders
Menopause | Teen Acne
| Orthopedic Pain-Related Conditions | Lyme Disease | Cardiovascular Diseases

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Partial list of other conditions treated:

Acne and Skin Disorder

Acute and Chronic Pain

Allergies and Sinusitis

Arthritis and Joint Pain

Anxiety and Insomnia

Asthma and Bronchitis

Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain

Bell's Palsy

Bursitis and Tendonitis

Cardiovascular Diseases

Chronic Fatigue

Common Cold and Cough

Digestive Disorders & Dietary Principles According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Facial Rejuvenation

Gastrointestinal Disorder

Headaches

High Blood Pressure and Pre-Hypertension

Hip, Groin, Sacral Pain and Strain

Infertility

Liver Disease and Hepatitis

Lyme Disease

Menopause

Menstrual Disorder - Teens and Adults

Pediatric Conditions

P.M.S. - Teens and Adults

Neurological Disorders

Sciatica, Hip, and Leg Pain

Shingles

Stroke and Paralysis

Sports Injuries

Substance Abuse

Smoking

Teen Acne

Weight Loss

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Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points and has proven to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over thousands of years. Recently, electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.

What to Expect from Acupuncture Needles?

I have heard people say, “I would like to try acupuncture, but I am afraid of needles.” Many people that could benefit from acupuncture treatment are not aware that acupuncture needles are very fine and flexible, almost as fine as the hairs on a boar-bristle brush. We carry extra fine needles that we use for sensitive patients. The gauge of these acupuncture needles are 0.16 and a standard hypodermic needle is18 gauge. There is no comparison between a hypodermic needle and an acupuncture needle. Acupuncture needles are not deliberately inserted into veins, therefore causing no bleeding. While receiving an injection can be a traumatic, acupuncture is the opposite. The benefit from acupuncture far outweighs the slight sensation from the needle. An acupuncture session is peaceful, almost painless, evoking a healing experience. Don’t let negative preconceptions of needles influence your decision to better your health?

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Questions and Answers

Q: What problems can be treated by acupuncture?

A: Acupuncture has been used for centuries in China to treat many problems, such as joint pain, sprains and strains, and most gynecological complaints. See list on homepage.


Q: How deep do the needles go?

A: That depends upon the nature of the problem, the location of the points selected, the patient's size, age, and constitution, and upon the acupuncturist's style or school. Usually, needles are inserted from 1/4 to I inch in depth.


Q: Does it hurt?

A: If your practitioner has obtained the correct stimulus of the needle, the patient should feel some cramping, heaviness, distention, tingling, or electric sensation either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian, or energy pathway. In any case, if you experience any discomfort, it is usually mild.


Q: Are the needles clean?

A: The best practice among acupuncturists in America today is to use sterilized,individually packaged, disposable needles. Needles should not be saved and reused for later treatments. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle.


Q: How does acupuncture work?

A: Modern Western medicine cannot explain how acupuncture works. Traditional acupuncture is based on ancient Chinese theories of the flow of Qi (Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover the body somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is Deficient and away from where it is Excess. In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores the harmonious energetic balance of the body. In Chinese there is a saying, "There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow."


Q: Are there different styles of acupuncture?

A: Yes, there are. Acupuncture originated in China but has spread to Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Europe, the British Isles, and America. In different countries, different styles have developed based on differing opinions as to theory and technique. Patients should talk to their practitioners about their particular style and learn as much as possible about the treatment being proposed.


Q: What criteria should one use in choosing an acupuncturist?

A: Patients should ask about where the practitioner trained, how long the training was, how long he or she has been in practice, and what experience the practitioner has had in treating the patient's specific ailment.

Acupuncture is a licensed and regulated healthcare profession in about half the states in the U.S. Ask yourpractitioner if your state requires a license to practice. In states that do not currently require licensing, patients should ask their practitioner if they are certified by the
National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists. Acupuncturists who have passed this exam are entitled to add Dipl.Ac. (Diplomate of Acupuncture) after their name.


Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: That depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of your complaint. You may need only a single treatment for an acute condition. A series of five to fifteen treatments may resolve many chronic problems. Some degenerative conditions may require many treatments over time.


Q- What should I know about the proposed treatments?

A: Your practitioner will explain the nature of your problem and what treatment he or she is recommending. Your practitioner will tell you what benefits and risks them am to the proposed treatment, what other treatment options are available to you through this practitioner or by referral to another practitioner or physician.
If you agree to go ahead with the treatments, your practitioner will tell you what progress to expect, what to do if you don't experience progress and what to do if you feel worse.


Patients often experience the most dramatic results in the first treatment. Some patients experience an irnmediate relief or partial relief of their pain or other symptoms. This relief may last or some pain may return. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the pain diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better.

Most patients will have more questions than this document can answer. Your practitioner is used to answering questions such as: Should I continue to see my medical doctor? Should I continue taking my present medication? What should I eat? Is there anything I can do for myself at home? What signs of success should I look for first and after how long? You should discuss all of your questions in person with your practitioner.


Courtesy of the American Society of Acupuncturists

 

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Acupuncture Herbal Center Partial List of conditions treated About

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Acne and Skin Disorder
Acute and Chronic Pain
Allergies and Sinusitis
Arthritis and Joint Pain
Anxiety and Insomnia
Asthma and Bronchitis
Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain
Bell's Palsy
Bursitis and Tendonitis
Cardiovascular Diseases
Chronic Fatigue
Common Cold and Cough
Digestive Disorders
Dietary Principles
Facial Rejuvenation
Gastrointestinal Disorder
Headaches

High Blood Pressure and Pre-Hypertension
Hip Pain

Infertility
    Infertility Synopsis     
    Infertility Synopsis PDF
Liver Disease and Hepatitis
Lyme Disease
Menopause
Menstrual Disorder - Teens and Adults
Pediatric Conditions
P.M.S. - Teens and Adults
Neurological Disorders
Sciatica, Hip, and Leg Pain
Shingles
Stroke and Paralysis
Sports Injuries
Substance Abuse
Smoking
Teen Acne

Weight Loss

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