Parkside Alternative Medicine Clinic: Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practiced at the Alternative Medicine Clinic. The origins of acupuncture began in China over 3,000 to 5, 000 years ago. The practice of acupuncture involves inserting tiny, sterile, stainless-steel needles into the skin at selected points on the body. Acupuncture is known to release the body's own pain-blocking chemicals (endorphins) and promote the release of anti-inflammatory agents. This makes acupuncture an effective treatment for disorders such as migraine headaches, chronic problems like back and neck pain, sports injuries, and hormonal symptoms like hot flashes associated with menopause. In TCM terms, the needles assist the patient's life force energy (Qi) to reach a balance in body, mind and spirit. The correct placement of the needles can help the body move blocked Qi, nourish deficient Qi, and expel any evil Qi (wind, cold, damp, etc) that entered the body.

Many patients receive acupuncture to treat emotional issues such as anxiety and depression as it has the ability to calm the spirit. Acupuncture is also used in TCM to treat the common cold, acute and chronic sinus problems, asthma, and bronchitis with good results.

Some patients do not even notice the insertion of the acupuncture needles. Others describe the feeling as a slight pinch and a tingling or a slight ache. Patients may relax in a private, quiet room while the needles remain in place for 20 to 30 minutes. Acupuncture is generally relaxing; many patients sleep during their treatment. Since pre-sterilized, single-use, disposable needles are used there is no chance of infection from an unclean needle.

Acupuncture is always administered as a series of treatments. Some patients feel immediate relief of their symptoms, while others notice a difference after a few treatments. The length and frequency of your treatment plan will be determined by the severity of your condition and the length of time you have had a particular health problem. You will be continuously evaluated through your acupuncture treatments, and your treatment will be adjusted in response to your progress. In addition to acupuncture treatments, the Practitioners may recommend other treatment modalities at the clinic to assist you in your recovery process.