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Acupuncture - Please contact me for specific answers about how acupuncture may help you.
There are many ways of describing acupuncture.
I prefer to describe it in a more bio-medical model since it makes far more sense to people than a long monologue of funny words and phrases that have been poorly translated from ancient Chinese concepts to modern English language and takes an exceedingly long time to explain, where in the end it describes many similar things that are health concerns. For instance, keep in mind I technically treat what we'd call the common "flu", "cold", or "allergies" as: "An invasion of Wind-Cold, or, "An Invansion of Wind-Heat". Both describe similar things - aches, pains, pains, fever, chills, maybe a runny nose. It's the same thing, just a different way of describing it! One is Bio-Medical, the other is more of a metaphor. With my scope of practice, I can technically only diagnose and treat Traditional Chinese Medical patterns, and not necessarily modern bio-medical diseases. It is largely a concept of language. Keep that in mind as you read on. Modern Biomedicine language labels a disease state, Traditional Chinese Medicine describes an array of signs and symptoms and combines them into a treatable "pattern". That's all about disease theory, now onto Acupuncture.
I'd describe acupuncture as insertion of fine needles into areas of the body that modulate the vascular system and nervous system's response to internal and external stimuli.
The nervous system regulates the endocrine system, and therefore acupuncture can be good not only for pain and musculoskeletal imbalances, but also for hormonal disorders, sleep problems, digestive complaints, colds and flu, and managing the signs and symptoms of major diseases like cancer and AIDS, or chronic issues like Lyme infections, paralysis, and diabetes. All that, and along with virtually any other disease state where the nervous and/or endocrine systems and/or the musculoskeletal systems are affected. All categories of which I have had the honor of treating in numerous patients. Please read below for a more specific list of what the WHO found to be modern Bio-Medical diseases that acupuncture has shown to be effective for treating.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions, or to find out if acupuncture is right for you!!
A note on health insurance:
Some health insurance plans cover acupuncture, but I am not an "In-Network Provider" for any of the major health insurers in MN. I do hear that if you have Medical Assistance, they may cover the cost, but it is always advisable to check in with your provider before assuming they will cover it if you are on MA. I do however accept Auto and Personal Injury cases, I can give you a bill (superbill) to submit to your FLEX spending account, or to submit to insurance, or I can bill Auto / P.I. directly, which tends to be what most people prefer. Please contact me if you have specific questions regarding insurance coverage.
Scientific evidence that supports acupuncture's evectiveness:
In 2003 World Health Organization published a report about clinical trials researching the effectiveness of acupuncture. More than one hundred indications were discussed and divided into four groups concerning the strength of existing evidence. (Keep in mind hoards of even better studies have happened since 2003 - There is far more evidence today for many of these conditions now compared to back then, but, this is the most up to date list complied by the WHO.)
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials—to be an effective treatment:
Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever) Biliary colic Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke) Dysentery, acute bacillary Dysmenorrhoea, primary Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm) Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders) Headache Hypertension, essential Hypotension, primary Induction of labour Knee pain Leukopenia Low back pain Malposition of fetus, correction of Morning sickness Nausea and vomiting Neck pain Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction) Periarthritis of shoulder Postoperative pain Renal colic Rheumatoid arthritis Sciatica Sprain Stroke Tennis elbow
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:
Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm) Acne vulgaris Alcohol dependence and detoxification Bell’s palsy Bronchial asthma Cancer pain Cardiac neurosis Cholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbation Cholelithiasis Competition stress syndrome Craniocerebral injury, closed Diabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependent Earache Epidemic haemorrhagic fever Epistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease) Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection Female infertility Facial spasm Female urethral syndrome Fibromyalgia and fasciitis Gastrokinetic disturbance Gouty arthritis Hepatitis B virus carrier status Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3) Hyperlipaemia Hypo-ovarianism Insomnia Labor pain Lactation, deficiency Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic Ménière disease Neuralgia, post-herpetic Neurodermatitis Obesity Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence Osteoarthritis Pain due to endoscopic examination Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein–Leventhal syndrome) Postextubation in children Postoperative convalescence Premenstrual syndrome Prostatitis, chronic Pruritus Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome Raynaud syndrome, primary Recurrent lower urinary-tract infection Reflex sympathetic dystrophy Retention of urine, traumatic Schizophrenia Sialism, drug-induced Sjögren syndrome Sore throat (including tonsillitis) Spine pain, acute Stiff neck Temporomandibular joint dysfunction Tietze syndrome Tobacco dependence Tourette syndrome Ulcerative colitis, chronic Urolithiasis Vascular dementia Whooping cough (pertussis)
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individual controlled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupuncture is worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies is difficult:
Chloasma Choroidopathy, central serous Colour blindness Deafness Hypophrenia Irritable colon syndrome Neuropathic bladder in spinal cord injury Pulmonary heart disease, chronic Small airway obstruction
Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be tried provided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:
Breathlessness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Coma Convulsions in infants Coronary heart disease (angina pectoris) Diarrhoea in infants and young children Encephalitis, viral, in children, late stage Paralysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar
Described report is the only official WHO opinion about the effectiveness of acupuncture. Nevertheless, the level of evidence existing in 1998 was not high. The Authors included findings from Chinese trials which were not evaluated as highly reliable. For that reason the report and acupuncture itself was criticized by many scholars.
The Authors of first WHO report shall and will be remembered forever as brave scientists who dared to prepare wide review of evidence based data concerning the method which was not thought of as “scientific”. Their work was literally groundbreaking and begun a revolution in the perception of acupuncture. The amount of well-designed, published randomized controlled trials on acupuncture started growing rapidly in XXI c. During last fifteen years the results of many RCTs were published, as well as meta analyses of the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of various diseases. Existing level of evidence is much higher than in 1999.
This information can be found at: http://www.evidencebasedacupuncture.org/who-official-position/