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Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture Therapy

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture, simply stated, is a health science which is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body. Acupuncture has its roots in China. In fact, most authorities agree the science is between 5,000 and 7,000 years old. Acupuncture did not become known on a national level in the U.S. until 1971 when diplomatic relations between China and America were relaxed.

At first, Acupuncture appears strange, as its primary practice is the insertion of needles in the skin at various locations to relieve pain or affect a body part. Early Chinese physicians discovered there is an energy network traversing, just below the surface of the skin, which communicates from the exterior to the internal organs and structures at over 1,000 “Acupoints” on the body. When this vital energy becomes blocked or weakened, an effect in a body system or anatomic location becomes evident. Stimulation of one or a combination of key “Acupoints” on the body may restore harmony to the affected areas.

Historians have stated, “More people have benefited from Acupuncture over the course of fifty centuries than the combined total of all other healing sciences, both ancient and modern.”

How Does it Work?

The energy in the human body or “chi” flows through 12 main meridians or channels. It’s mechanism is much like electricity flowing through a wiring system. A disruption of energy flow can disrupt the entire system, causing pain and other symptoms. Stimulation of specific points allows the practitioner to restore the normal flow of chi, and energy to alleviate the problems.

Does it Hurt?

Acupuncture needles are much thinner than what are used for shots and blood draws. Because of this, the sensation of inserting the needles is mild and almost negligible once they are in. Normal reactions to needling include redness in the area, a sensation of heat, feeling of heaviness, or an electric “zinger”.

What is Electroacupuncture?

Electroacupuncture is an acupuncture technique that applies small electrical current to the needles that have been inserted at specific points on the body.  Typically, electroacupuncture can be used to treat the same variety of health conditions that regular acupuncture treats.  It is often used for conditions that do not respond as expected to conventional acupuncture and gives a so called “boost” to increase stimulation to the acupuncture points. The current used  is very low and is regulated by a machine and based on the patient’s comfort level.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

This varies with the patient and the condition. A typical course in Traditional Chinese Medicine is about 6-10 treatments. Usually we would expect to see some change in the condition after 3-4 treatments. Occasionally, symptoms get worse for a short period as the body readjusts. In our office, acupuncture is done in conjunction with chiropractic care.

What Does Acupuncture Treat?

Although acupuncture treats a variety of conditions, it is usually used for pain control/symptoms. Conditions it has been used for include:

  • Headaches
  • Facial Tics/paralysis/pain
  • Neck and low back pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Shoulder through hand pain/ problems
  • Hip through foot pain/problems
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Women’s issues such as PMS and Menopause
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Weight Loss
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Sleeping Disorders
  • Many other issues

If you are interested in learning if acupuncture can help you with a problem, please ask to speak to one of our doctors.

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Monday – Friday
8:00 am to 7:00 pm
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

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Monday – Friday
9:00 am to 7:00 pm
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

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31 Navaho Avenue Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-345-4035 | Fax: 507-345-4122

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