How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art developed over the past two thousand years. It has become more popular today for its simplicity and effectiveness, allowing people to choose a non-pharmacological solution to their health care concerns. During an acupuncture treatment very fine sterilized needles are inserted into specific locations on the body in order to relieve symptoms and improve health. Acupuncture has a balancing effect on the body’s energy that flows along meridians in the arms, legs, torso and head. Meridians are energetic anatomical channels that correspond to the body’s organ systems. Acupuncture’s balancing effect on the body’s energy and organ systems, helps to bring about a state of health and well being.
Acupuncture has an analgesic effect on the body by stimulating the release of endorphins, our naturally occurring ‘pain-killer’ and ‘mood-enhancing’ chemicals. The pain relieving effect of acupuncture has made it a common treatment for pain conditions such as headaches and lower back pain.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
The WHO (World Health Organization) recognizes over 100 conditions that can be treated with acupuncture. The following conditions are commonly and effectively treated with acupuncture:
- anxiety & depression, acute and chronic stress
- muscle tension
- smoking cessation
- women's health for hormone balance: pms, painful menses, irregular menses, infertility, menopause symptoms, morning sickness
- musculoskeletal conditions: headache, lower back pain, sciatica, tendonitis, sports injuries
- sinus congestion (hayfever, cold/flu)
- digestive complaints
Acupuncture with Dr. Moss, ND
Dr. Moss integrates acupuncture in her patient's individualized treatment plans to help her patient's achieve their health goals. She finds that she will often use acupuncture for mental/emotional balance, stress management, hormone balance, women's health, upper respiratory tract conditions and for pain and injury.
Along with acupuncture Dr. Moss often incorporates another needling therapy called Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT) which uses a needle similar to acupuncture needles in that it is small (narrow and short), and the therapeutic injection is simply natural dextrose (yes sugar!) which turns out to be analgesic (pain reducing) and anti-inflammatory to peripheral sensory nerves (the generators of pain). PIT helps the nerves causing pain to heal, and healthy nerves help the muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints that they supply to heal as well. The expected results with PIT are reduced pain and improved functional movement. To learn more please see my Perineural Injection Therapy (PIT) page.