Illnesses/Health Imbalances Treated
Based on my 25+ years of experience practicing and teaching Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, I’ve listed below six general categories of health conditions for which Lafayette Acupuncture Services can help. This list that comes from the World Health Organization (WHO).
Acupuncture for Aches and Pains
Acupuncture for aches and pains is the bread and butter of our work, and what it is known for the best. Western science is still trying to figure out how it helps, and they’ve figured out that the insertion of an acupuncture needle triggers a variety of response from your body. These include:
- The local stimulation to repair the tissue damage from the needle that also benefits other injuries in the area,
- The release of naturally occurring pain reducing chemicals called endorphins, and
- Changes in the perception of pain as modulated by nerves in the spinal cord and different parts of the brain.
Pain conditions treated include:
- Headaches and migraines
- Neck pain, mid-back pain, and low back pain
- Hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain, leg pain, and foot pain
- Shoulder pain, elbow pain, wrist pain, arm pain, and hand pain;
- Abdominal pain, and chest pain
- Arthritis, tendonitis, strains & sprains, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, TMJ, sciatica, gall bladder stones, and kidney stones
- Pain related to surgery, sports injuries, work injuries, and auto accidents.
Acupuncture for aches and pains should be your go to modality that you try first before doing drug therapies or surgery. It’s effective and there are no side effects, so you have nothing to lose!
Acupuncture for Stress
Acupuncture for stress is amazing! Acupuncture resets the body’s autonomic nervous system. It gets us out of ‘fight or flight’ mode, and back into ‘rest, digest, and heal’ mode. It’s great for relaxing, reduces tension that causes pain and discomfort, and helps with insomnia, anxiety & nervousness, and mild to moderate depression.
Acupuncture for Women’s Health Issues
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas are very helpful for many kinds of gynecological issues. I have successfully treated many women with:
- Ovarian cysts,
- PCOS, and
For treatment of the underlying causes of many types of these health challenges, acupuncture for women’s health issues is safe and effective.
Acupuncture for Respiratory Problems
Acupuncture for respiratory problems – Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas are very helpful for preventing and healing more quickly from colds and flus, coughs, bronchitis, and sinusitis. They are also quite helpful with reducing the impact of allergies, asthma, and shortness of breath.
Acupuncture for Digestive Issues
Acupuncture for Digestive Issues: This is another area where acupuncture works incredibly well to regulate the digestive system and help it to heal. It helps with various types of:
- Abdominal pain,
- Indigestion, constipation,
- Irritable bowel syndrome,
- Crohn’s, and
Acupuncture for Chronic Illness
I have treated a wide variety of chronic illness with acupuncture, including fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, MS, Lupus, and HIV. While not a cure for MS, Lupus, and HIV, acupuncture goes a long way towards treating various symptoms that may manifest and slowing down the progress of the disease. Using acupuncture for chronic illness can be very helpful for helping the body regulate its immune system.
I do not treat cancer directly, but I do provide acupuncture as a complement to chemotherapy and radiation that helps to keep WBCs and RBCs elevated, increase energy, alleviate emotional stagnation, and prevent or reduce undesirable side effects, including neuropathy. Acupuncture should be a part of the standard of care for the medical treatment of cancer.
If your condition is not listed or if you have questions, contact me using the form in the upper right hand corner or call me at (925) 297-4785 and we can discuss how well acupuncture can help you.
Most likely you will find that acupuncture benefits you beyond the treatment of your symptoms. It also addresses the root cause of imbalance in your body, and acupuncture will positively affect you on an emotional and energetic level as well. After your treatment you may feel calmer, more focused and more energetic as your body resets itself and comes into balance. For more information, go to Common Questions about Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
While acupuncture is a subtle and powerful form of medicine, generally speaking, one session of acupuncture is usually not enough to affect the change you’d like to see (although it does happen). I usually recommend a series of 3-6 sessions for a treatment plan, depending on your condition, after which you should be experiencing significant improvement.
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