What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a collection of procedures involving penetration of the skin with needles to stimulate certain points on the body. Needling the body forces the connective tissue around the needle to connect, stimulating blood flow and releasing endorphins, which act as powerful pain relievers. Treatments may also trigger the production of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that plays a part in our response to pleasure and pain, which is why some patients feel a pleasant high after an acupuncture treatment.
In our office, our patients have found relief through acupuncture for a variety of complaints including acute and chronic pain, arthritis, allergies, nausea from chemotherapy and pregnancy, migraine, tinnitus, and inflammation from sprains and strains. Our office has success treating fertility issues, hormonal problems, acne, help to quit smoking and other additions, and weight loss.
Acupuncture is a component of the health care system of China that can be traced back at least 2,500 years.
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in adults following surgery or taking chemotherapy and post-operative dental pain.
Acupuncture may be effective in treating a number of other conditions.
The practice of acupuncture to treat identifiable pathophysiological (disease) conditions in American medicine was rare until the visit of President Richard M. Nixon to China in 1972. Since that time, there has been an explosion of interest in the United States and Europe in the application of the technique of acupuncture to Western medicine.
Are there standards for acupuncture needles?
After reviewing the existing body of knowledge, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed acupuncture needles from the category of “experimental medical devices.” The FDA now regulates acupuncture needles, just as it does other devices such as surgical scalpels and hypodermic syringes, under good manufacturing practices and single-use standards of sterility.