Acupuncture is the best known healing method of Chinese medicine.
It is the insertion of fine needles in points along meridians or channels through a person's skin at specific points on the body to various depths. It is used to help bring relief for a wide variety of ailments, from physical pain to depression and sleep disorders. Alternative Health Group is the leader in treating its patients with acupuncture for long lasting relief, the most medically referred acupuncture clinic in Chicago.
How does acupuncture work?
The needle's penetration near the pain point helps release the tension or pain in the sufferer. This insertion stimulates Qi (life force) to balance the body and help unify the body, mind and spirit. A healthy body and mind is the result of a harmonious balance of the complementary extremes of "yin" and "yang" of Qi. Qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, in the human body. These meridians and energy flows are accessible through 350 acupuncture points in the body.
In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, acupuncture treatment is based on pattern diagnosis of the sufferer and then appropriately restoring balance by insertion of the needles. Scientifically, acupuncture points are seen as places where nerves, muscles, and connective tissue can be stimulated by needle insertion. The stimulation increases blood flow, while at the same time triggering the activity of the body's natural painkillers.
What are the benefits of acupuncture?
It is safe and natural and no prescribed medication necessary.
There are very few side effects.
It can be effectively combined with other treatments.
It can control and manage some types of pain.
It may help patients for whom prescribed pain medications are not suitable.
What can you expect with acupuncture treatment?
Our acupuncturist will examine the patient and assess their condition, insert one or more thin, sterile needles, and offer advice on self-care or other complementary therapies, such as Chinese herbs.
The patient will be asked to lie down on their back, front, or one side, depending on where the needles are to be inserted. The acupuncturist will use single-use, disposable, sterile needles. As each needle is inserted, the patient may feel a very brief stinging or tingling sensation.
After the needle is inserted, there is occasionally a dull ache at the base of the needle which subsides. Acupuncture is usually relatively painless. Sometimes the needles are heated or stimulated with electricity after insertion.
The needles will stay in place for between 5 and 30 minutes, depending on the patient's needs. The number of treatments needed depend on the individual. A person with a chronic condition may need one to two treatments a week over several months. An acute problem normally improves after 8 to 12 sessions.
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ACUPUNCTURE HELPS WITH THE FOLLOWING
Addiction (alcohol, drugs, smoking, food, etc.)
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Irritable bowel syndrome
Low back pain
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Urinary tract Infections