Community Acupuncture on Cape Cod
Best known in the U.S. as a safe and effective treatment for pain, acupuncture can also address many other medical complaints, from stress and anxiety to the common cold or chronic illness, often while reducing or eliminating the need for prescription drugs. The World Health Organization of the United Nations considers acupuncture to be a safe and effective treatment for many conditions. Here are some of the ailments most commonly treated by acupuncture:
Traditional Acupuncture Theory sees the body as dynamically connected by pathways called Meridians. These Meridians pass very near the body surface, while interior connections link them to various tissues, organs, systems and body functions. When points along these Meridians are needled, it improves free flow within the Meridians, thus nudging the body back towards balance.
While some styles of acupuncture involve complex diagnoses that require an extensive health history, the distal point style we practice is fairly straight forward. The precise location of a problem, such as pain or numbness, is often enough for us to design an effective treatment. By treating meridians that have an internal connection with the area of pain, we’re able to treat a problem area without ever needling it directly. The most common example of this is back pain, which we treat without ever putting needles into the back itself.
WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
Most patients are delighted to find that acupuncture treatments are comfortable and enjoyable. The thin stainless needles rarely cause discomfort, and generally result in a feeling of peacefulness and relaxation. In our clinic, it’s very common for folks to fall asleep during treatment. We leave needles in at least forty-five minutes, in order to give the treatment its fullest effect. Some people feel energized after the treatment, while others may wish to rest. Many notice both symptoms and energy improving in the days following treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS
The evidence from both clinical studies in the U.S. and centuries of practice in China is very clear: frequent, regular treatment is by far the most effective way to use acupuncture. Individual responses do vary, and acute, recent onset conditions can turn around quite quickly. But for chronic problems and problems of aging, a series of treatments at a frequency of at least twice a week, is essential to getting good results. An acupuncturist can try to determine how many visits will be necessary by assessing the person's overall health and the nature of the main complaint. Three to five treatments are often recommended as a start, to see how the person responds to acupuncture, before a more precise prediction can be made.
We use only pre-sterilized, disposable needles, thus minimizing risk of infection. The treatments are safe, non-toxic, and generally without any side effects.
SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF ACUPUNCTURE
Nearly three decades of scientific scrutiny of acupuncture came together in 1997, when the National Institute of Health held a consensus conference on the matter. After reviewing research and presentations made by dozens of experts in the field, the NIH concluded, “there is sufficient evidence of acupuncture's value to expand its use into conventional medicine”. (NIH Consensus Statement, 1997). The NIH pointed to several explanations researchers have uncovered for acupuncture's effectiveness, including its ability to trigger the release of neuropeptides and other neurochemicals, stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, alter immune function and change the regulation of blood flow.
Gynecological Disorders (PMS/Menopausal Symptons)
High Blood Pressure
Here's an article from Mother Earth News about acupuncture that you may find helpful.
Acupuncture has removed the necessity of pain medications, which rendered me ill. Now despite my back problems, I am able to function regularly. Everything was painful before I began acupuncture, including the simple task of laying down.
E.D., South Dennis, MA
I have been getting acupuncture from Community Acupuncture for my hot flashes. Before I started I had at least 20 hot flashes a day. With the acupuncture they immediately decreased to three or four a day and currently I am getting hot flashes three or four times a week! At first I was getting treatments twice a week, then once a week and now I get treatments every other week. It is very affordable and I am very thankful that Community Acupuncture has given me this opportunity to be healthy.
M.M., Chatham, MA