The gentle healing power of acupuncture,
serving the Columbus area
An important branch of Oriental Medicine, acupuncture has a very long history in Asia. Because it is safe and effective, acupuncture therapy is widely used today in several Asian countries s as part of conventional medical care. In the last few decades, acupuncture has gained positive reputation in Western countries for being an effective complementary modality for all kinds of conditions, most notably, for pain and stress management.
Oriental Medicine is based on the Yin-Yang theory, emphasizing the importance of balance and harmony of life. In the human body, the life force (known as Qi) regulates the health and vitality of the person. When the Qi is flowing freely, there is good health. When the Qi is obstructed (physically or psychologically), there is pain, discomfort, and illness.
Acupuncture therapy is used to redirect the Qi flow so that the body can regain its optimum health and wellness. During therapy, the practitioner chooses the best course of treatment for each patient’s condition. She then places extremely thin, sterile acupuncture needles at specific points along the Qi pathways (called meridians). As a result, the Qi is stimulated, and the healing begins.
Because Oriental medicine has its own paradigm of how the body functions, it has been a challenge to study the effects of acupuncture scientifically through western methods. Several studies show that acupuncture treatments provide significant pain relief, and benefits, compared to no acupuncture treatments. It is believed that acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system to release natural hormones and painkillers. It can also help boost the immune system.
Acknowledging its effectiveness, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized several conditions that can be improved through acupuncture therapy. These include (but not limited to):
- low back pain
- neck pain
- tennis elbow
- knee pain
- periarthritis of the shoulder
- facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
- dental pain
- tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction
- rheumatoid arthritis
- induction of labor
- correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)
- morning sickness
- nausea and vomiting
- postoperative pain
- essential hypertension
- primary hypotension
- renal colic
- adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy
- allergic rhinitis, including hay fever
- biliary colic
- depressive neurosis and depression following stroke
- acute bacillary dysentery
- primary dysmenorrhea
- acute epigastralgia
- peptic ulcer
- acute and chronic gastritis