Acupuncture points tend to be located near nerves. When these points are stimulated, they send a message to the brain and spinal cord, causing the brain to release natural chemicals. These chemicals can alter or eliminate the message of pain being delivered to the brain. This can help people feel better physically and emotionally, thus improving their quality of life.
The feeling of acupuncture varies depending on the person. Many patients don’t feel anything, while others feel a tiny prick, or a tickle. Some feel a sharp zing that immediately goes away.
Yes. In Arizona, acupuncture practitioners must be licensed, possess a master’s degree, and be able to demonstrate proficiency in a classroom setting and clinical environment. In addition, all licensed acupuncturists must pass board exams in Eastern and Western medicine. Kristi attended a local Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture school for five years before taking three board exams and becoming a licensed acupuncturist.
No. Acupuncture is not a substitute for conventional medical diagnosis or treatment, but it can complement your treatment plan. For example, acupuncture is known to help lessen side effects associated with chemotherapy. It also can be used for various pain conditions, allergies, asthma, sinusitis, and infertility. Acupuncture can also be used alongside physical therapy for rehabilitation from serious injury.
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Acupuncture can treat a multitude of ailments and diseases. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment for the following:
- Chronic pain: migraines, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis
- Digestive disorders: irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, gastritis, and constipation
- Urinary and reproductive disorders: incontinence, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility and menopausal symptoms
- Psychological and emotional disorders such as depression, anxiety, stress, and insomnia
- Symptom management for the negative side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, including fatigue, generalized pain, dry mouth, peripheral neuropathy, nausea and vomiting
- Seasonal allergies
- High blood pressure
- Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs
- Overweight or obesity, when coupled with diet and exercise
Acupuncture is also known for helping with easing the aging process, PTSD, and managing Parkinson’s symptoms.