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Who are covered by Acupuncture? - Does my Health Insurance cover Acupuncture? 

You will have to call your insurance company to see whether you are covered for acupuncture benefits. If you are then we will provide a superbill that you may submit to your insurance provider directly.


What about Workers Comp and Personal Injury cases?

We also treat Workers Compensation patients, and Personal Injury (PI cases)- auto accident cases. Please call us for more information on the WC, and PI cases. 


How many times do you use the same needles? 

Acupuncture needles are one-time use only and are sterile. They are safe and do not carry any risk of infection. Providers swab treatment sites with alcohol before inserting needles and use a new set of disposable needles taken from a sealed package for each patient. 


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How big are your needles? 

Acupuncture needles are about ten times smaller in size than an average hypodermic needle--approximately the size of a cat's whisker and they are very flexible. Acupuncture needles don't hurt in the way that hypodermic needles do. At worst, you might feel a slight pricking sensation. 


Is Acupuncture safe for my child? 

Caring for your child's health with Acupuncture is SAFE, NATURAL, DRUG-FREE and EFFECTIVE. It's the perfect way to allow your child to grow and thrive. 


HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK? 

1. NEUROTRANSMITTER THEORY 

Acupuncture affects higher brain areas, stimulating the secretion of beta-endorphons and enkephalins in the brain and spinal cord. The release of neurotransmitters influences the immune system and the antinociceptive system. 


2. AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM THEORY

Acupuncture stimulates the release of norepinephrine, acetylcholine and several types of opioids, affecting changes in their turnover rate, normalizing the autonomic nervous system, and reducing pain. 


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3. VASCULAR-INTERSTITIAL THEORY

Acupuncture effects the electrical system of the body by creating or enhancing closed-circuit transport in tissues. This facilitates healing by allowing the transfer of material and electrical energy between normal and injured tissues. 


4. BLOOD CHEMISTRY THEORY

Acupuncture affects the blood concentrations of triglycerides, cholesterol, and phospholipids, suggesting that acupuncture can both raise and diminish peripheral blood components, thereby regulating thebody toward homeostasis. 


5. GATE CONTROL THEORY

Acupuncture activates non-nociceptive receptors that inhibit the transmission of nociceptive signals in the dorsal horn, 'gating out' painful stimuli. 


DOES MODERN RESEARCH SUPPORT ACUPUNCTURE? 

YES.  Here are some excerpts from modern medical journals that support the use of acupuncture:


"Acupuncture & IVF

A systematic review and meta-analysis suggested that women undergoing IVF were 65% more likely to become pregnant when they integrated Acupuncture into their normal IVF treatments."

-BMJ, 2008 February 


"Acupuncture & Insomnia

In the treatment of insomnia, Acupuncture yields significant results with a total effectiveness rate of 90.44%. It also improves the quality of sleep and overcomes complications induced by sleep medication."

-Sok, SR, et.al., The effects of Acupuncture Therapy on Insomnia J Adv Nurs., 2003


"Acupuncture Cupping (AC) & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) 

A study was conducted using AC in subjects suffering from CFS. After six weeks of receiving AC, subjects showed improvement in fatigue levels, sleep,memory and digestion" 

- Flaws, B., et al., Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Cupping. 2001; 70-71. 


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"Acupuncture & Morning Sickness"

A study was set up to determine the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of pregnant women suffering from nasea, with or without vomiting. The study concluded that acupuncture was extremely effective in controlling symptoms of nausea and vomiting, without adverse side effects, when compared to the placebo group." 

-Comp. Therapy Clin. Practice, 2008 Feb; 14 (1): 46-52


"Acupuncture & Gastritis 

A study from the Guangxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine concluded that acupuncture was effective in the treatment of chronic gastritis, resulting in a 95% effectiveness rate."

- J. Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2003 Dec.; 23 (4): 278-279 


"Acupuncture & Depression

All subjects receiving acupuncture for major depression significantly improved by a greater margin than those not receiving treatment. Another study suggests that electro-acupuncture can produce the same therapeutic results as tetracycline drugs, but with fewer side effects and better symptomatic improvement."

-Acupuncture Treatment for Major Depression, the Tenth Annual Symposium of the Society for Acupuncture Research, 2003. J Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2004, 2004 Sep.; 24 (3):172-176 


"Acupuncture & Shoulder Pain 

Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of shoulder periarthritis. Of the 210 subjects studied, 158 were cured, 40 improved and 12 showed no significant improvement." 

- J Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2003 Sept; 23 (3):201-202


"Acupuncture & Blood Pressure

A German study concluded that acupuncture can create a significant reduction in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. At the end of six weeks, subjects who received acupuncture achieved a reduction in both systolic and diastolic readings from their base-line. Researchers noted no noticeable change in subjects who received placebo acupuncture."

-J Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2003 Mar.; 23(1): 49-50 


"Electro- Acupuncture & Immune Function During Chemotherapy

Electro-Acupuncture can strengthen immune function, hematopoietic function and improve appetite, sleep, alleviate pain and digestive distress. Another study suggests that acupuncture is able to normalize the patter of leukocytes.

- J Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2002 Mar.; 22 (1): 21-23. Mori, H.,et.al., Unique Modulation by Electro-acupuncture in Humans possibly via Stimulation of the Autonomic Nervous System, Circulation J., 2007 June. 



"Acupuncture & Migrains

Researchers concluded that acupuncture can significantly reduce migrains better than medication alone. Subjects who received traditional acupuncture showed lasting improvement in migrains when compared to participants who received mock acupuncture plus Rizatriptan."

- J. Headache, 2008 Mar. 



"Acupuncture & Fibromyalgia 

A study showed that acupuncture, when added to traditional fibromyalgia treatments, reduces pain and improves the quality of life for up to three months following treatment."

-J. Rehab. Med., 2008 Jul; 40 (7): 582-588


"Acupuncture & Asthma

Symptoms of bronchial asthma were markedly improved after acupuncture treatments, and the dosage of patient's medication was gradually reduced. Another study suggests improvement of the quality of life for patients with clinically stable, chronic onstructive asthma when conventional care is combined with acupuncture." 

- J. Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1998 Mar.; 18 (1):27-30. J. Altem. Comp. Med.,2003 Oct.; 9 (5) 659-660



"Acupuncture & Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) 

A randomized, controlled study compared the efficacy of acupuncture with steroid treatment in patients with mild to moderate CTS. Researchers concluded that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment option for patients who have CTS, but experience side effects to oral steroids or those who opt out of surgery." 

-Clinical J. of Pain, 2009 May; 25 (4): 327-333



"Acupuncture & Osteoarthritis (OA) 

A randomized controlled study showed that acupuncture can provide improvement in function and pain relief as an adjunctive therapy for OA when compared to placebo acupuncture."

- Berman, BM., et al., Effectiveness of Acupuncture as Adjunctive Therapy in Osteoarthritis of the Knee: a randomized, controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, Dec. 21, 2004; 141 (12) 901-910 



"Acupuncture & Allergic Rhinitis 

In a German study, researchers noted improvements in patients who suffered from allergic rhinitis. At three and six months, researchers followed up with subjects and concluded that subjects who ere in routine care with acupuncture had clinically relevant and persistent benefits." 

- European.J.of Int. Med., 2008 Nov.;10 (5) 535-543



"A 2007 study from the university of Heidelberg in Germany concluded that acupuncture treatments can not only relieve the pain associated with bronchial asthma, but also help to control outbreaks of allergic asthma as well. It became clearly evident that 'acupuncture performed in accordance with the principles of traditional Chinese medicine showed significant immune-modulating effects."



"In Sweden, a 2008 study involving 215 cancer patients proved that acupuncture can eliminate the need for additional drugs and reduce nausea suffered during radiation treatments." 



"The British Medical Journal in 2008 reported that acupuncture can increase the success rate of in-vitro fertilization and increase the number of viable pregnancies. The additional benefits were listed as reduction in nausea and muscle pain associated with both IVF and pregnancy in general without the use of drugs that might harm the growing fetus." 



"A German study published in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2007 covered the largest and most rigorous trial ever undertaken to investigate the analgesic effects of acupuncture verses traditional medical approaches to relieve lower back pain. This study involved 1,802 patients and 13,475 treatments and concluded that acupuncture 'constituted a strong treatment alternative to mutimodal conventional therapy, giving physicians a promising and effective treatment option for chronic lower back pain."


"In addition to its effectiveness in pain control, acupuncture has proven track record of treating a variety of endocrine, circulatory and systemic conditions." 



"In Canada, a 2008 study conducted by the Institute for Work & Health concluded that low back pain, the most common musculoskeletal problem, can be relieved by acupuncture...more effectively than any other treatment." 



"According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, 51% of medical doctors understand the efficacy and value of acupuncture, and medical doctors refer patients to acupuncturists more than any other alternative care provider." 



"Acupuncture has been employed as a health care modality for over 1,500 years. Modern science has begun to understand the secrets of this ancient medicine with the support of new studies conducted by leading scientists, hospitals, and medical research facilities from all over the world. Today, acupuncture is receiving wide acceptance as a respected, valid and effective form of healthcare." 



"ACUPUNCTURE & SEASONAL ALLERGIES

According to a recent study published in Annals of internal Medicine, acupuncture has been found to benefit many individuals with seasonal allergies. The research indicates that acupuncture can lead to statistically significant improvements in disease-specific quality of life and antihistamine use measure after eight weeks." 



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