What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, simply stated, is a health science which is used to successfully treat the pain and dysfunction in the body.

Acupuncture has its roots deeply planted in China in fact; authorities agree the science is between 5,000 and 7, 000 years old. Its use spread throughout Egypt, the Middle East, the Roman Empire and later into Western Europe as merchants and missionaries to China told of the amazing discoveries the people the Orient had developed. Acupuncture did not become known on a national level in the US until 1971 when diplomatic relations between China and America relaxed.

At first glance, acupuncture appears strange; as its primary notoriety is the utilization of needles placed in the skin at various locations to relieve pain or affect a specific body part.

Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing just below the surface of the skin which communicates from the exterior to the interior organs and structures in over 1000 Acupoints on the body. This energy works in harmony with the body’s circulatory, nervous, muscular, digestive, and all other systems of the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, and effect in the body system or an anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one of the combination of key Acupoints on the body may restore harmony to the affected area.

Historians have stated more people have benefited from acupuncture over the course of 50 centuries than the combined total of all other human sciences, both ancient and modern.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Far too often in the medical professions, the patient is told after extensive examination, “there is nothing wrong”, “it is all in your head”, or sorry “you’ll have to learn to live with it”. The examining doctor unable to find the cause of the problem has little else to tell the patient. Fortunately, many physicians are now referring their patients for acupuncture evaluation.

The human body’s energy flow courses over 12 meridians or channels that are normally well-balanced. If a disruption of energy flow exists, we can alter the entire system, producing pain or symptoms in the body.

If we were to compare a 175 pound man on one end of a seesaw and a 45 pound child on the other end, it becomes obvious the seesaw would be broken due to the fact that the heavier person would be sitting on the ground and the lighter would be dangling in the air. Even though the seesaw is producing a symptom of being broken extensive examination would not reveal anything wrong with the seesaw. The obvious answer is the balance. Correction of the balance corrects the problem.

This is acupuncture’s goal to restore normalcy to the body’s energy balance by utilizing a combination of Acupoints located on the 12 meridians. This is accomplished by a variety of means, the needle is just one.

Medical research continues in this country and others to attempt to explain in Western scientific terms what the ancient Chinese 70 centuries earlier described. Today, many theories have been postulated as to why acupuncture is so effective in pain control. However, as more discoveries are made, more research is indicated.

Is the Acupuncture Treatment Painful?

One would assume inserting a needle into the skin would be painful since most of us can relate to being stuck with a pin or having a hypodermic injection. However, four acupuncture needles can easily be inserted into the hollow tube of a hypodermic needle. Because of the extreme slenderness of the needle most people compare the sensation as “less than a mosquito bite”. A phenomenon referred to as the “TEHCHI” occurs when the energy is contacted. This sensation is felt as a mild to moderate heaviness or tingling.

The tapping needle “teishein” is not really a needle as it does not pierce the skin. It produces a mild to moderate sensation. Compared to tapping a ballpoint pen on the skin. This form of stimulation has been used successfully for centuries. Thumb pressure is equally impressive and not considered painful.

How Many Acupuncture Treatments Are Usual?

Obviously the number of treatments will vary with different conditions and individuals. Chronic problems require more treatment than acute ones. Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first treatment, whereas others may not notice any effect until the seventh or eighth visit. It’s been shown that certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefits up to three months following a course of therapy.

A small number of patients will experience a worsening of symptoms, as the bodies energies are returning to normal. This is usual and no need for alarm. It is followed by improvement. Researchers internationally agreed that usual number of treatments is between eight and 16. The usual frequency is between two and four times per week.

Patients are urged not to enter an acupuncture program with the thought of taking a few treatments to see what will happen. Even though it is possible to achieve success; a program with scheduled visits would have a better chance of success. Patients are encouraged to be patient with the healing process. If the treatments are recommended and results occur in just five visits, the doctor may elect to discontinue treatment or continue their use to stabilize the condition.

What conditions are accepted by Dr. Mike at AcuHealth Chiropractic for treatment with acupuncture?

Acupuncture textbook’s list well over 100 different conditions that respond well to acupuncture. Acupuncture is effective in the following conditions:

  • Abdominal Muscle Pain
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Acne
  • Alcoholism
  • Allergies
  • Appetite control
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma Bronchitis
  • Back Pain
  • Bed-wetting
  • Bladder Infection
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Breathe Issues or Halitosis
  • Calf Cramp
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Cataract or Eye Problems
  • Cholesterol Too Low 
  • Circulation
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Concentration
  • Constipation
  • Convulsions 
  • Cough
  • Deafness
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive problems
  • Earache
  • Elbow pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Finger Pain
  • Fluid retention
  • Foot pain (arthritis)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gout
  • Hay fever-Sinus
  • Headache
  • Hemorrhoids
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hip Pain – arthritis
  • Hormone Imbalance
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Immune System
  • Impotence
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Kidney 
  • Knee Pain Liver dysfunction
  • Menopause
  • Menstruation
  • Morning sickness
  • Mouth Ulcers
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain 
  • Nightmares
  • Nosebleed
  • Perspiration – excessive
  • Post Nasal Drip
  • Premature Labor
  • Prostate Syndrome
  • Shin Splints
  • Shingles
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Smoking Control
  • Snoring
  • Throat Infection
  • Thyroid – Hyper/Hypo
  • Tinnitus
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vertigo
  • Viral Infection 
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness of muscles

Addiction Control – Stop Smoking, Weight Loss, Alcoholism and Drug Addiction

Acupuncture has gained a great deal of notoriety recent years concerning his considerable success with addictions control. It has been shown that acupuncture has a very positive effect in the area of drug and alcohol addiction. This procedure, in conjunction with professional counseling, has been proven extremely effective.

One of the most noteworthy addictions acupuncture helps with is smoking. The average patient will reduce their intake at least one half within 24 hours of the first treatment. Several additional treatments generally allow patients to stop smoking without experiencing the negative side effects of quitting. Acupuncture also has a favorable effect in weight control.

Acupuncture Columbus Ohio Area

For more information about Columbus Ohio acupuncture or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mike please call our office at 614-475-2992