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Whether there is a presence of a medical condition or not, everybody can benefit from acupuncture because of its homeostatic effects that help the body regain balance and function better.  For example, it can help the body improve its stress response, promote relaxation, improve sleep and mood, strengthen the immune system, increase energy, improve circulation and healing, and improve digestion.


Among the therapies available for pain, acupuncture is among the most effective and best at treating most types of pain without causing harmful side effects.  In most cases, the pain will resolve and not return—unless there is new aggravation.


After injuries, surgeries, or pregnancies, it can noticeably speed up recovery and healing. 

Paired with its regenerative function is its excellent ability to release muscular or fascial restrictions to restore range of motion and structural balance.  Many athletes use acupuncture regularly to maximize their performance and speed up recovery.

Acupuncture treatment may be integrated with herbal medicine, lifestyle modifications, and dietary guidelines to make it more holistic and effective.  Any condition can benefit from this multi-directional approach and participation depends on your specific needs.

 

Commonly treated conditions include:

Pain/Musculoskeletal/Neurological—headaches/migraines, earache, neck pain & stiffness, shoulder pain, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction), facial spasm & pain, dental pain, TOS (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome), back & hip pain, knee pain, sciatica, carpel tunnel, tennis elbow, golf elbow, rotator cuff syndrome, frozen shoulder, radiculopathy, sprains & strains, post-surgery, post-trauma, auto accident injuries, trigger finger, muscular spasm, muscular restrictions, idiopathic pain disorders, scar healing, gout pain, arthritis pain, labor pain, muscular dystrophy, costochondritis

Other Neurological— fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, other neuralgia, peripheral neuropathy, bell’s palsy, numbness & tingling, neuromas, post-stroke recovery, shingles, Meniere’s disease, neurodermatitis

Women’s health—infertility, menstrual disorders (amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, polycystic ovarian syndrome), premenstrual syndrome (menstrual cramps, cravings, mood swings, headaches, bowel changes), menopausal (hotflashes, nightsweats, dry mouth), pregnancy care (morning sickness, water-retention, high blood pressure, labor pain, malposition of fetus), regulating contraction & promoting labor, post-birth recovery, lactation deficiency

Digestive—abdominal pain, nausea & vomiting, poor digestion, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, cholecystitis, gallstone pain, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), chronic gastritis, cravings, hyperlipidemia, biliary colic

Immune—allergies, allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma, sinus congestions, ear infections, shingles, colds, strengthen immune function, sore throat, skin disorders (pruritis (itching), rashes, acne, etc.), post-chemotherapy/post-radiation

Genitourinary—urinary retention, urinary urgency, incontinence, chronic urinary tract infection, prostatitis, sexual dysfunction (erectile dysfunction, low libido, infertility), water retention

Detox—stop smoking, alcohol dependence, withdrawal symptoms, opium/cocaine/heroin/drug dependence, cravings, improving liver function & elimination

Others:

  • Speed up recovery & healing (post-surgery, injuries, auto accidents)
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Side effects from chemotherapy & radiation
  • Hypertension
  • Hyperglycemia/Diabetes Mellitus
  • Obesity
  • Fatigue/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,
  • Depression
  • Raynaud’s syndrome
  • Sjogren Syndrome

What about accupressure?

Yes, for patients who are very fearful of needles, I may start with acupressure and other manual therapy, and then transition them to full acupuncture.  When appropriate, I also often teach my patients how to do acupressure on themselves, so that they can have a form of home-therapy to help in between treatments or for acute needs.

Amy Choi Acupuncturist at Vida Seattle

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