What can Acupuncture Treat?
Arthritis and Chronic Pain -
Most forms of arthritis are progressive and involve increasing pain, joint destruction and limitation of movement. The chronic neuropathy pain of shingles can also be treated with acupuncture. Many people try to alleviate these symptons with drugs, which may give temporary relief but which are known to have a number of harmful side effects. Acupuncture, by comparison, is completely free of side effects and can relieve pain, stiffness and swelling and help increase movement.
Sports Related and Other Injuries -
Aches and pains, various types of injuries to joints, muscle cramps, tightness and fatique, can accompany a rigorous exercise program. Acupuncture can alleviate these problems as well as improve overall performance. Acupuncture can also help to prevent injury by promoting natural, maximum circulation and functioning of the body.
Gynecological Problems -
Uncomfortable symptoms accompanying the menstrual cycle plague many women and disrupt their sense of well-being. Acupuncture can alleviate not only painful cramps, but also the depression, fatigue, food cravings, and irritability commonly known as PMS (premenstrual syndrome). Head and back pain associated with menstruation can be treated effectively, as well as amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea and irregular menstruation.
Headaches and Migraines -
Headaches are a frequent source of misery for many people, and are unique to the individual. They can range in intensity from the sensation of having a tight band around the head to a feeling of "someone sticking a hot poker through my eyes." The many pain relievers on the market may or may not offer temporary relief, but do not get the cause of the problem.
In a study at the London National Hospital for Nervous Disorders, acupuncture proved to be effective in 59 percent of the cases, whereas Inderal, a drug commonly prescribed for migraines, had an improvement rate of only 25 percent. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as the best existing treatment worldwide for migraine headaches.
Acupuncture is a useful aid for detoxification of short or long-term tobacco addiction, as well as for drug and alcohol abuse. Safe and effective withdrawal can be achieved, using protocols developed at the Substance Abuse Division of Lincoln Hospital in New York. The program uses acupoints on the ear and body to reduce craving and induce a strong calming effect.
We treat many other conditions. Please call with any questions concerning your health and treatment options. Palm Coast office (386) 445-8003; Saint Augustine office (904) 471-1110.