What is Acupuncture?

About Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world, with origins dating back to traditional Chinese medicine practiced as early as 1600 – 1100 BCE. The practice of acupuncture involves inserting needles into the skin on very specific stimulating, meridian points for the purpose of relieving tension, stress, and pain relief. The fact that acupuncture is still widely used today, even amidst such amazing innovations in medical science and technology, speaks volumes about its effectiveness at harnessing the body's natural capabilities to heal. From chronic pain and allergies, to diabetes and stress related ailments, acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of conditions, even nausea and weight loss. Other conditions acupuncture is used to treat include, but are not limited to:

  • Musculoskeletal system — fibromyalgia, TMJ pain, sprains or strains, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, tendonitis, and back, neck, and joint pain
  • Digestive / gastrointestinal system — nausea, vomiting, gastritis, peptic ulcer, constipation, colitis, indigestion, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, IBS
  • Reproductive / urinary system — infertility, menstrual problems, menopause, endometriosis, prostate problems, UTI
  • Nervous system — stress, anxiety, tension and migraine headaches, dizziness, insomnia
  • Respiratory / cardiovascular system — sinusitis, asthma, allergies, hypertension, hypoglycemia, high cholesterol, bronchitis
  • Childhood imbalances — symptoms of autism, ADD, and ADHD

Today, numerous studies have established a solid evidence base that finds acupuncture to be an effective treatment option for providing pain relief and post-operative nausea.

In fact, numerous health organizations have supported and endorsed the use of acupuncture for many conditions, including the United States National Institute of Health, the United Kingdom National Health Service, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the World Health Organization.

There is no patient too young or too old to receive acupuncture as a treatment option. However, if you are still weary of needles our specialist also offers acupressure as a substitute for your acupuncture treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or acupressure at our encino office and what it can offer you as a treatment option, we encourage you to call our office to schedule a consultation to speak with our Encino acupuncturist, Forooz at (818)995-4488.

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