“It is no longer possible to say that the effectiveness of acupuncture can be attributed to the placebo effect or that it is useful only for musculoskeletal pain.” - STEPHEN JANZ
The therapy of acupuncture has been developed for over 2500 years. A wealth of knowledge has been accumulated in this time. Acupuncture is based on the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine which focus on 12 main meridians and eight extra meridians running throughout the body in a circuit which correlate with the organ systems. In Chinese Medicine it is said these meridians house the energy flow of the body. It has been proven that acupuncture points are strong nervous system centers, and when a needle is inserted, the nervous system is encouraged to heal itself.
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as a form of medicine to help heal the body. There have been 13,000 studies conducted in 60 countries proving the effectiveness of this ancient modality. There has been strong evidence for acupuncture’s effectiveness in the following conditions: Acute sinusitis, Acute tonsillitis, Acute bronchitis, Abdominal pain, acne, Acid Reflux, Allergic rhinitis, amenorrhea, arthritis, Chemotherapy/ radiation induced nausea and vomiting, anxiety, Arthralgia, asthma, back and pelvic pain, back pain in pregnancy, Bell’s Palsy, Bronchial asthma, Breach baby, Biliary colic, Bloating, Cardiac neurosis, Cervicobrachial syndrome, Cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, Competition stress syndrome, Concussions, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, cancer pain and related fatigue, constipation, Diabetes, depression, diarrhea, Disc problems, dry eyes, Dysentery, Dysmenorrhea (painful periods, menstrual cramps), earache, eczema, Epigastric pain, endometriosis, Facial Spasms, Fatigue, Female urethral syndrome, fertility (male and female), Fibromyalgia, gout, headaches, hypertension (high blood pressure), Hormone Fluctuations (male and female), induction of labour, insomnia, infertility (male and female), irritable bowel syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, Intercostal neuralgia, knee pain, lactation deficiency and pain, leukopenia, labour pain, low back pain, Lyme Disease, elbow pain, Ménière disease, menopause hot flashes and other symptoms, migraines, mood disorders, morning sickness, musculoskeletal pain, nausea and vomiting, neck pain, Neurogenic bladder dysfunction, Nocturnal enuresis, obesity, Osteoarthritis, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), pain in dentistry, paralysis, plantar fasciitis, Parkinson’s Disease, Peripheral neuropathies, post-operative pain, post-stroke symptoms, shoulder pain, palpitations, Pain, pelvic pain, PMS (Premenstrual syndrome), PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), Prostatitis, Pruritus, Psoriasis, PCOS Polycystic ovary syndrome ), Raynaud syndrome, renal colic, Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection, Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Retention of urine, Restless Leg Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, Schizophrenia, Sciatica, Shingles, Sjögren syndrome, sleep disorders, Sleep Apnea, sore throat (including tonsillitis), sprains, spine pain acute and chronic, stroke, Stiff neck, Smoking Cessation, Tennis elbow, Trigeminal neuralgia, TMJ Disorders (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction), Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), Tietze syndrome, Toothaches, Tourette syndrome, Thyroid Disorders (Hypothyroid, Hashimotos, Graves Disease), Goiter, Ulcerative colitis, Urolithiasis, Vascular dementia, Weight loss, wrist pain, Withdrawal from Pharmaceutical drugs, Whooping cough (pertussis).
Acupuncture is painless, and most patients experience a large degree of relaxation during their session. Each patient is assessed and treated according to their own specific needs. The placement of the needles is decided for each individual, and encourages the body to focus on the areas that need assistance in order to heal. An acupuncture session is 60 minutes, and during this time the only job of the patient is to relax and breathe. The more peaceful and meditative a person can be, the more likely they are to feel the effects of acupuncture as the body is able to heal. Often more than one session is recommended to see the full effects of acupuncture's full healing ability.
Dr. Risk and Dr. Wittner are registered Acupuncturists that create a treatment plan for each individual that is be based on clinical findings and patient needs. In order to treat the whole body BioMeridian assessment, Chinese herbs, supplements, and Autonomic Response Testing (ART), may be used in addition to acupuncture to bring balance and harmony to the patient.
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