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Acupuncture

ACUPUNCTURE is a family of procedures originating in Ancient Greece, Egypt and eventually finding its way to China, the most well known of which involves penetration of specific anatomic locations on the skin, called acupuncture points, by thin, solid, generally metallic needles.  Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used forms of natural, traditional medicine in the world recorded in China over 3000 years ago but recent finds date acupuncture as far back as 5000 years in Egypt and Greece.  It is based on the theory that there is a flow of Qi (Energy) and Xue (Blood) through distinct meridians or pathways that cover and fill the body connecting our organs, somewhat like the nerves and blood vessels do.   Healthy, open meridians where energy and blood can flow freely are essential for optimal health.  Acupuncture treatment is rendered based on Chinese medical diagnosis, which includes assessment of pulse quality, shape and color of the tongue, medical history, and whole body evaluation.  Chinese medicine and acupuncture work to treat the whole patient and the root of a problem rather than using medication to mask a symptom.

Following the Chinese diagnosis, acupuncture needles are inserted into the body at specific points along acupuncture "meridians," or pathways, which stimulates the body’s healing energy.  The body has approximately one thousand acupuncture points.   Electromagnetic research has confirmed their locations.  Neurophysiologist Bruce Pomeranz at the University of Toronto suggests that the needles trigger the nervous system, releasing painkilling and inflammation-reducing substances. According to ancient theory, acupuncture allows Qi to flow to areas where it is deficient, and away from areas where it is in excess.  In this way, acupuncture regulates and restores a harmonious energetic balance in the body.


FAQ

Does Acupuncture hurt?                 
In general acupuncture does not hurt.  Insertion of a needle into an acupuncture point can result in several different sensations.  In Chinese Acupuncture this is called Qi release.  Often times this is a described as a dull ache in the area of the needle or tingling in the area of the needle that can run up and down the body.   The body can also become warm or cold.  In few instances, it can feel like a sharp bee sting.  This feeling should pass immediately.  If the feeling does not pass, please inform the practitioner so that the needle can be adjusted.

Is Acupuncture Dangerous?
As with any health care treatment modality that involves the insertion of objects into the skin there are risks involved.  With acupuncture there is a risk of infection and damage to certain parts of the body if care is not taken when performing the procedure.  At Calibrate Health we practice by standard health and safety regulations. We take care in maintaining a clean environment to reduce the risk of the infection. Our practitioners have gone through training and are certified to practice acupuncture safely in the State of Illinois. The majority of the treatment protocols used by our practitioners involve superficially inserting needles into the skin minimizing the risk for infections and injury to deeper structures.

How long does treatment last?
One treatment session usually lasts 30 minutes.   The number of sessions recommended will vary between patients and conditions and can rely on several factors including; duration of condition, health of individual, life style, and nutrition.  You can expect a treatment plan to last anywhere from 3 to 8 weeks.  An important factor in reducing the length of a treatment is patient adherence to treatment plan.

How much does it cost?
Many Insurance companies cover Acupuncture.  If Acupuncture is not covered by your insurance, please inquire about our discounted cash rates.

What can Acupuncture treat?
In Chinese Medicine Acupuncture is used to treat everything from musculoskeletal conditions to internal medicine conditions.  Acupuncture has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of pain, stress, addiction and sleep disorders. Recent studies have shown that Acupuncture has been successful in treating or improving many conditions. To learn about how acupuncture can help you, call to make an appointment with our doctor.

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