Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an ancient system that looks at how and why your body is not functioning its best and then coaxes it toward better functioning.

Acupuncture stimulates sensitive areas of the body to create an effect in your muscles as well as your brain and internal organs.

It is a safe, drug-free treatment that can be used on its own for pain, stress, and illness management, or in combination with other health modalities. 

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN IT HELP TO SUPPORT?

Acupuncture is part of a whole-body medicine.  When your body is already trying to fight off invaders or repair tissue damage, acupuncture can be one way to shorten the amount of time you are sick or sore.

Acupuncture can reduce inflammation and thereby help the conditions ending in ‘-itis’ or ‘-osis’:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis/Tendonosis (ankles, elbows, knees…)
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • Colitis, Gastritis
  • Allergic Rhinitis (hay fever, cats, dogs, dust…)
  • TMJ disorder (Temporomandibular junction – your jaw by the ear)
  • Endometriosis
  • Sinusitis

Acupuncture can help regulate:

  • circulation (tight muscles)
  • acute and chronic pain (migraines & other headaches)
  • post-surgical healing (especially knees as cartilage has poor blood flow and heals more slowly than skin and muscle)

Acupuncture helps regulate the immune system:

  • auto-immune disorders (rhuematoid  arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, Sjogren syndrome)
  • helping to fend off dysentery, the common cold, and other microbes

Acupuncture helps regulate the nervous system, both the larger picture of your fight and flight responses and ‘small’ local nerve irritations:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • sciatica
  • nausea (related to pregnancy and/or medicine)
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • shingles
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • dizziness and tinnitus
  • fibromyalgia

Acupuncture can help balance hormones:

  • PMS
  • menopausal symptoms
  • irregularities (including Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS)
  • fertility issues for both men and women

For more information on studies please check here: https://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/who-official-position/

The World Health Organization has broken conditions into categories by the strength of research supporting each.

For more information see FAQ (https://cardinalpointhealth.com/faq/acupuncture-faq/)

 

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