DALLAS’ LEADING INTEGRATIVE ACUPUNCTURE PRACTICE WITH MEDICINE
Our acupuncturist is trained and licensed in Acupuncture and Chinese herbs and uses acupuncture in conjunction with our other integrative medicine and practices to facilitate health and healing.
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to naturally heal itself and improve its functioning. During an acupuncture treatment, very fine single-use, disposable needles are inserted into various points on the body. Sometimes heat or mild electrical stimulation is applied to the site of the needle insertion.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
The classical Chinese explanation is that there are channels of energy running through the body and over its surface in regular patterns. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction to the movement in these meridians dams up the energy on one side, while cutting off the supply downstream. The meridians can be influenced by acupuncture needles applied at certain points. The acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow of energy.
The scientific explanation of acupuncture is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain or trigger the release of other chemicals or hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The needles also reduce muscle spasm and cause a healing response at the site of insertion. New fMRI (functional MRI) scans show a redistribution of blood flow in the brain.
The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, and promotes physical and emotional well-being.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THE ACUPUNCTURE PRACTICED AT LIVING WELL DALLAS?
Our acupuncturist works with our medical doctors and health care provider team in a collaborative environment. Our acupuncturists are continually monitoring and sharing the effectiveness of various acupuncture approaches – so after 5 years, in practice, and thousands of treatments, he has vast expertise in this area including working with veterans in the hospital overcoming PTSD and other debilitating health concerns. Various techniques are employed at Living Well Dallas that allow our acupuncturist to quickly understand what protocols to use when seeing a new patient, thereby creating more effective results for the patient.
What does this mean for you?
- Integrative and comprehensive care supportive of eastern medicine while being inclusive of traditional medicine
- Quicker & better results!
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED BY AN ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture can influence three areas of health: promotion of health and well-being, prevention of illness, and treatment of various health conditions. Our acupuncturists will do all three at each treatment.
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, it actually has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment used or as the support to other modalities of treatment. The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture for the treatment of a wide range of medical problems.
Conditions commonly treated at our office:
- Adjunctive treatment with traditional care
- Chemotherapy induced side effects (e.g. nausea, mucoritis peripheral neuropathy)
- Radiation induced side effects (e.g., dry mouth, colitis, cystitis, pain)
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)
- Morning sickness
- GERD (reflux symptoms)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s ulcerative colitis)
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Menstrual Problems
- Menopausal symptoms
- Sexual health
- BPH (Benign Prostrate Hypertrophy)
- Sexual Health
MENIERE’S DISEASE (VERTIGO)
- Chronic daily headaches
- Tension headaches
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Bell’s Palsy
- Post-herpatic neuralgia (Shingles)
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Acute sports pain/injury
- Abdominal pain
- Arthritis (osteoarthritis, rheumatoid)
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Sacro-ilitis (Ankylosing Spondylitis)
- Bulging disc/disc injury/disc herniation
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain)
- Rotator cuff impingement
- Allergies (seasonal environmental allergies)
- Sore throat
- Recurrent chest infections
- Interstitial cystitis
- Kidney Stones
- Stress Reduction
- PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder)
…and Many More!
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT? DOES IT HURT?
Single-use, fine, hair-like needles will be placed in various therapeutic areas of your body. Most people hardly feel them being inserted; some may experience a mild pinch. Once the needles are in place, you will not be aware of them. You will listen to calming music and rest (perhaps even fall asleep!); the needles are left in place anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes. So, please ensure you allow yourself one to one and one-half hours to benefit from your treatment.
ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OF ACUPUNCTURE?
Usually not. Most times patients will feel deeply rested and replenished; sometimes even quite euphoric. Occasionally a bruise will develop where a needle was inserted. These are usually small, of no concern and heal quickly.
Our needles are disposable and single-use, thus risk of infection is minimized. Puncture of an underlying tissue is a very remote possibility.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The course of treatment will vary from one individual to the next. Our approach is completely individualized. Treatments are usually divided into a treatment or replenishing phase, and then a maintenance phase. In general, complex or long-standing conditions will require more intensive treatment. One treatment per week for several months may be necessary. For acute problems, fewer visits are usually required. Our medical acupuncturists look for treatment effectiveness. If treatments are not working, or they don’t believe they will work for you, then they don’t treat you.
ARE THERE ANY INSTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW AFTER RECEIVING A TREATMENT?
In order to maximize your treatment, we recommend that you avoid the the following for 6 t 24 hours:
- Heavy exercise or exertion
- Heavy meals
- Sexual activity
- Food that is very hot, very cold or spicy.
If applicable, you should continue to take any prescription medicine as directed by your personal physician.