Acupuncture is safe and effective. Modern studies have shown that Acupuncture stimulates brain cortical response, affects the central and peripheral nervous systems, endocrine activity, cholesterol and triglyceride levels and promotes endorphin, serotonin and other hormones balance.
Fourteen main meridians exist, one associated with one or more major organs and a midline frontal and dorsal meridian. Energy or Qi flows through these meridians as well as the herbs. Disease is a manifestation of weakness or blockage in these meridians. Acupuncture, herbs, massage, nutrition, and Qi Gong help the meridians regain their balance and health by nourishing and regulating the energy flowing within.
Acupuncture needles are very thin and insertion should be painless. After locating the proper acupoints (specific area of stimulation), there might be a mild discomfort that is brief in duration. During the treatment the patient usually will not notice the needles. Acupuncture needles are left in for 30 to 45 minutes. Longer is not necessarily better. Needles left in for too long can drain all the energy away from the body.
There are different styles of acupuncture today. Styles range from the traditional ones of the different Asian countries as well a newer styles invented recently. In my clinic the methods used include Dr. Tan's balance method, orthopedic medical acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine style.
The World Health Organization and the National Institute for Health recognize acupuncture's effectiveness in treating over 200 disorders, including:
Musculo-Skeletal - back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, disc problems,
Circulatory - high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, anemia, angina
Gastrointestinal - indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, peptic ulcers
Respiratory - sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, allergies
Neurological - headache, migraine, neuralgia, dizziness
Emotional - insomnia, depression, anxiety
Gynecological - PMS, cramps, menopause, menstrual problems
Addictions - alcohol, nicotine, drugs, food