What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment method based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The practitioner inserts very thin needles in specific points (acupoints) along energy pathways (meridians). The stimulation of those points helps to adjust and balance the flow of energy and restore health.
According to the National Institute of Health, over one million people in the US receive acupuncture annually. There is evidence that the stimulation of acupuncture points can affect internal organs through nerve reflex pathways (the autonomic nervous system). Acupuncture increases the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. It stimulates the pituitary gland, which in turn activates the adrenal gland to release anti-inflammatory chemicals.
It is a fact that acupuncture has helped millions of people to eliminate or decrease pain, improve their immune system and achieve better overall health worldwide.
What Conditions Can Be Treated with Acupuncture?
The list of conditions that acupuncture treats or alleviates is long. To view a comprehensive list, please reference “How Acupuncture Can Relieve Pain and Improve Sleep, Digestion, and Emotional Well-Being” from the UC San Diego School of Medicine.
At Avicenna Acupuncture, we specialize in the treatment of fibromyalgia and it’s co-existing conditions.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
Unlike hypodermic needles, acupuncture needles are ultra-thin and flexible, thereby permitting a nearly-painless insertion. The sensation could be compared to a mosquito bite. You may feel some heaviness, distention, and/or tingling either around the needle or traveling up or down the affected meridian.
Most people feel relaxed during and after the treatment. Many people even fall asleep during treatment.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
When provided by a trained professional, acupuncture is considered very safe. We exclusively use sterile, disposable and individually packaged needles as required by law. Every licensed acupuncturist has completed a “clean needle technique” class and exam.
All practitioners at our Denver office have received at least 180 hours of coursework concerning needling technique and safety. Additionally we observed and practiced the insertion and removal of needles during multiple internships for more than 1000 hours under supervision of licensed staff.
Tui Na is a stimulating and therapeutic Chinese massage. In Tui Na, we use traction, massage, and manipulation in conjunction with the stimulation of acupressure points. It is used for both acute or chronic musculoskeletal conditions, as well as certain non-musculoskeletal conditions. It is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Moxa, or moxibustion, is a stimulating treatment in which the dried leaves of the Chinese herb Ai Ye (Artemisia vulgaris) are burned near acupuncture points. It produces a warm sensation and activates the channels. It is useful in treatment of arthritis, digestive problems and infertility. Moxa is most famous for its function to turn a baby in the womb.
Electro-Acupuncture aims to stimulate the body’s healing processes by sending electrical impulses through the channels, muscles, and nerves.
Cosmetic acupuncture, sometimes dubbed the acupuncture facelift, is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It helps you attain beauty from the inside out.
With cupping the practitioner uses glass cups to apply suction, stimulate blood flow, improve the circulation of energy (Qi) and rejuvenate energy pathways.
Herbal medicine is one of the main branches of TCM. We use Chinese herbs at Avicenna Acupuncture. We have our own herb pharmacy with more than 150 individual herbs.