Acupuncture And The Value Of Complementary Medicine

While acupuncture has been a staple of Chinese medicine for centuries it has only widely been adopted by Western civilization since 1972. President Richard Nixon introduced the practice to the American medical community on his return from China in that year. Since then, this energy balancing technique has been used throughout the United States and Europe as a complement to traditional medicine. By restoring the natural energy flow acupuncture reinforces the natural healing process.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture works to restore a positive flow of energy to an ailing body. Proponents of this practice attest to the fact that your body is made up of different fields of energy. When these energy patterns are disturbed, the interruptions cause pain and other diseases within the body. Restore the right balance of energy and your body will return to health. The energy is balanced when thin needles are applied to the skin and manipulated to balance the energy. The needles can be used alone, heated, or with electric pulsation. Patients report that these sessions are relaxing and relatively painless. The process usually leaves the recipient more energized, stress-free, and happier. This therapeutic healing method has been embraced by 3 million Americans and even more Europeans, but the traditional medical field remains somewhat skeptical of its effectiveness. Doctors admit that the method has medicinal value, but caution that it should be used as a complementary treatment, not a replacement for modern medicine. Chiropractic is another example of complementary treatment in action. When your chiropractor teams up with acupuncture and massage, chronic pain stands no chance.

How does Acupuncture work?

While chiropractic adjustments and other musculoskeletal remedies can be used to alleviate stress and strain on the body, the process isn’t always comfortable. Acupuncture reinforces the natural healing process of the body while allowing the patient to fully relax and experience the benefit of these treatments. Acupuncture has been shown to:

  • Alleviate nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy
  • Help with migraines
  • Relieve fatigue and anxiety
  • Minimize arthritic symptoms
  • Treat carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Address dental pain and menstrual cramps
  • Relieve various forms of joint and muscle pain

In addition to treating a myriad of conditions; acupuncture has been shown to have various chiropractic uses, including:

  • Treat chronic pain
  • An adjunct to chiropractic treatment
  • To relax the muscles more effectively
  • Help sedate the nerves and control pain
  • Help balance out the whole system and support the body to do its job
  • Reduce reliance on medication
  • Control pain
  • Improve range of motion

These complementary improvements in patient health are why we offer acupuncture at our clinic. Acupuncture sessions release restorative endorphins, increase blood flow, and have been shown to change neurological activity; all of this using 14 different energy pathways within the body. That said, there are some patients that will need to seek alternate options. Patients with bleeding disorders, prescribed blood thinners, arrhythmic heart conditions or possible pregnancy should avoid complementary treatments involving needles or electric stimuli. Instead, they can speak to their chiropractor about massage and acupressure alternatives.

What makes us different?

There aren’t a lot of risks associated with acupuncture, save one: the training and experience level of the acupuncturist. Improper training can lead to increased discomfort for the patient and post-treatment pain and infection. Knowledge of these complementary therapies brings a level of understanding to both practices that cannot be duplicated. The relationship between your biological energies and musculoskeletal function is vital to your overall health. Our specialist uses this relationship to improve the natural healing processes of the body and extend longevity of your treatments. There is no such thing as a universal approach to patient care, therefore; the treatment plans should not be universal. We believe in treating each patient individually and finding the balance of services that fit their needs best. Acupuncture may be the final piece of the puzzle you’ve been missing. If you have questions about any of our services or simply desire additional information, call us at 806-355-3000. You can also connect with us via email by clicking on Contact Us. Check out our other pages for a complete listing of the services we provide and learn more About Us. We also welcome you to visit our office located at 3501 W 45th Ave, Suite T, Amarillo, TX 79109.