Acupuncture In Chapel Hill, NC
What are the uses and effects of acupuncture?
Today acupuncture is the most common form of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the United States, and in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Acupuncture is a 3,000 year old holistic medicine. Following skillful examination of the patient, a trained acupuncturist stimulates certain points on the body through the insertion of very fine needles into the skin. Patients relax in a comfortable setting during treatment and are advised to meditate and rest during the treatment. When the needles are removed, the recipient experiences an unparalleled state of calm that can last for quite a while. In some estimations, this calm or ‘yin’ experience that activates the parasympathetic nervous is responsible for much of the healing our body-mind receives.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions we hear at Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill, NC.
What are the uses and effects of acupuncture?
According to acupuncture theory, the main goal of acupuncture in Chapel Hill, NC is to balance qi- body energy. This body energy is divided into yin and yang which is roughly understood in western medicine as the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems branches of the autonomic nervous system.
There are six primary effects of acupuncture:
- Analgesic – The reduction or elimination of pain is the most common known effect of acupuncture.
- Sedation – Acupuncture decreases brain wave activity that could be related to conditions such as insomnia, epilepsy, stress, mental disorders, and anxiety. Deep relaxation, better sleep, and calmness may be the result.
- Immune Enhancing – Acupuncture has shown to increase antibodies, which therefore strengthen the body against illness and disease.
- Homeostatic – Apart from healing illness, disease, or pain, an acupuncturist may seek to return the body’s internal systems to a natural balance.
- Psychological – Measurable changes in the chemistry of the brain has been observed during acupuncture research. These changes result in a calm, tranquil effect that can last for several days or more.
- Motor Recovery – Acupuncture may be able to help patients who are experiencing hindrances in their fine or gross motor skills, or who have been paralyzed.
Conditions that Acupuncture in Chapel Hill, NC May Treat
- Low back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Joint pain
- Chronic headaches and migraines
- Blood pressure imbalances
- Nausea or vomiting from chemotherapy
- Certain gastric disorders
- Menstruation problems
- Dental pain
- Acute bronchitis
- Sleep disorders
- Certain eye disorders
- Facial palsy
- Paralysis after stroke
- Intercostal neuralgia
- Sexual dysfunction
- Inducing labor
- + More
Acupuncture is considered a holistic healing therapy because aspects related to the whole body and mind are taken into account for diagnosis and treatment. Whereas modern medicine has just begun to explore the connection between pain, inflammation and the mental state of depression, for instance, Chinese medicine has used 5 element theory to understand this and other connections to heal on deep levels for millennia. Five Element Theory is a means of explaining our connection with nature and the world around us- each of us experiences a relationship in our own body and mind with the 5 elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water.
Pre-technology and pre-industrial age, the ancients recognized each person’s deep interrelatedness with the world around. They also noticed patterns of disease in people that are related to what is seen in nature. Using the subtle arts of palpation and physical examination, practitioners have been able to detect energy blockages that cause ill-health. Chapel Hill Acupuncture treatment aims to relieve these blockages.
An acupuncturist can explain to you the many benefits of this ancient form of treatment. When performed by a qualified acupuncturist, acupuncture is safe and the side effects and risks are minimal.
Today’s acupuncturist is fully licensed and a qualified health professional.
Acupuncture can also be used in conjunction with other treatments and modern medicine, and may even help patients who cannot tolerate certain medications. Acupuncture is a low-tech, highly portable treatment option that can even be brought to a person’s home or other areas with little difficulty, making it particularly beneficial in some situations, as well.
Is acupuncture in Chapel Hill, NC a viable option for me?
When your concerns include pain or any of the above, acupuncture may be a good choice. Your acupuncturist might also recommend other treatments that help to connect and balance the body, mind, and spirit. These treatments may include massage, biofeedback, homeopathy, moxibustion, herbology, and more.
How can I choose an acupuncturist in Chapel Hill, NC?
If you are considering acupuncture in Chapel Hill, NC, it is important you take similar steps to that of choosing a primary care physician.
- Review credentials. Most states mandate acupuncturists pass an exam from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine following 4 years postgraduate training at a credentialed acupuncture school. Acupractic: Acupuncture and Chiropractic in Chapel Hill is licensed in the state of North Carolina.
- Call the clinic to find out about their services and even about experience treating your particular condition. You might even schedule an initial consultation to discuss your needs, what’s involved in the treatment, and how it might help you. Visit the clinic’s website to learn more about treatment philosophy, conditions treated, even to learn more about acupuncture theory. Many sites offer online scheduling on their website and other valuable information. Ask if you can stop by the clinic for a visit and get an idea of it.
- Check out online reviews of the clinic to get an idea of what other people have experienced or how they have benefitted from care there. Reviews of individual practitioners can provide important insight and help you in making your decision.
- Be sure to ask your insurance company if acupuncture in Chapel Hill, NC from Acupractic Natural Healing Center is covered as many policies allow a certain number of sessions. You can ask the front desk assistant at an acupuncture clinic to help you verify your insurance and determine what benefits might be available for you in office. You can also ask the clinic about whether or not they offer any packages or discounts for upfront payment.
If you would like to schedule a consultation call Acupractic Natural Healing Center in Chapel Hill at (919) 929-1400.