What is Medical Acupuncture?
MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE is acupuncture that has been integrated into conventional medical practice and generally performed by licensed medical doctors rather than licensed acupuncturists or doctors of Chinese medicine.
Why choose Medical Acupuncture?
When acupuncture is performed as part of conventional medical practice by a medical doctor, BOTH ancient and modern principles are recognized. Ancient principles guide the placement of needles to encourage the flow of energy (qi, pronounced chi) through classically described acupuncture channels. In a complimentary fashion, modern principles recognized by medical doctors, guide the placement of needles to influence the body’s pain regulatory system and change the processing and perception of painful input into the body at various levels of the central nervous system.
How Does Medical Acupuncture Treat Pain?
Influence on the body’s pain regulatory system occurs through the use of electrical stimulation of the acupuncture needles. As a complement to “conventional” treatments for pain acupuncture can be a very powerful tool to achieve pain reduction without the reliance upon medication that are associated with significant potential for addiction, overdose and diminishing effect over the long-term.
What to Expect?
Many patients are concerned that medical acupuncture will hurt. Most patients do not experience pain, but some will have minimal pain when the needles are inserted. Once the acupuncture needles are in place, there is no pain.
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