Acupuncture has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a form of therapy that is approximately 3,000 years old.
Simply put, acupuncture is a regulating therapy, which uses a holistic approach to treatment that not only considers the medical findings of a patient, but the overall state of the patient’s health as well.
Acupuncture is performed by placing very thin needles on specific acupuncture points on the body or on the ears. A treatment takes about 20 minutes, and should be performed once a week for chronic pain, and several times a week for acute pain. On average, about 10 treatment sessions are required.
In addition to its distinct pain-relieving abilities, acupuncture produces muscle relaxing and psychologically harmonizing effects. The local effects of acupuncture which accompany the treatment of chronic pain are increased blood circulation and muscular relaxation.
The major indication for the use of acupuncture (in about 65% of patients) is pain caused by various factors relating to the musculoskeletal system, headaches and/or neuralgia. However, somatoform disorders (bodily symptoms without a physical cause) also respond well to acupuncture treatment.
A precondition for treatment with acupuncture is the prior identification of the patient’s underlying illness. In most cases, acupuncture can provide pain relief, reduce the use of medications, speed up the healing process and enhance psychotherapy.
Overall, a 50-80% improvement in pain (associated with a variety of conditions) is attributed to the use of acupuncture as a complementary procedure.
Among the many substantial advantages of a professionally performed acupuncture therapy are: the safety of the procedure, the lack of side effects or complications and the high rate of patient acceptance.
Acupuncture can also be used to treat a wide range of diseases that are not pain-related - for example, hay fever, neurodermatitis, nervousness, sleep disorders, irritable bladder and other conditions. Additionally, acupuncture is an ideal therapy for assisting with weight loss and smoking cessation.
Laser acupuncture is a treatment option for children and patients who may experience anxiety, have hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to acupuncture needles, or, due to other contraindications (e.g., blood-clotting problems), cannot be treated with acupuncture needles.