What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of medical treatment that’s been used for hundreds — even thousands — of years. Acupuncture originated in Asian medical practices. That’s why many licensure and oversight boards use the term “Oriental Medicine” to classify acupuncture.
Acupuncture is practiced by tens of thousands of licensed acupuncturists. Expert acupuncturists train for three to four years. The training includes both instruction in the use of needles and instruction in diagnosing conditions. Practitioners have direct supervision from another senior or expert practitioner.
In addition to this training, acupuncturists must undergo testing from a national board of examiners and continue to take instructional courses each year to maintain their license.
The American Medical Association accepts acupuncture as a medical treatment, and some insurance companies may cover the cost of treatment.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
The fundamental belief of acupuncture is that illness is the result of blocked or interrupted chi. Chi provides your body with healing energy. Acupuncture seeks to remove these blockages and return your energy flow to a state of balance.
Acupuncture is used to treats hundreds of conditions and symptoms, including:
- Neck, Shoulder and low back pain
- Headache, Migraine
- Bell’s Palsy
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Sprain, Strains
- Auto Accident, Personal Injury
- Post-surgery care
- Post-Chemo Care
Overall, the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as effective in treating hundreds of diseases and symptoms.