AcupunctureMedical acupuncture uses very fine needles at precise points in the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning. Although relatively new to Western culture, acupuncture has been an integral component of traditional Chinese medicine for more than 2,000 years.
How Does Acupuncture Work?Our bodies are supported by a vital energy system. This energy flows through pathways called meridians. According to traditional Chinese Medicine theory, obstructions in these pathways back up the flow of energy in one part of the body and restrict it in others. This blockage creates imbalance. Acupuncture needles inserted at specific points along the meridians unblock obstructions and restore balance.
Modern science explains that needles stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals that alter the sensation of pain or encourage the body's own healing powers.
While many people associate acupuncture with pain control, the World Health Organization recognizes its effectiveness in treating a wide range of medical problems, including:
- Allergies and asthma
- Back and neck pain
- Cancer Care
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Gynecological disorders
- Sports injuries
In addition, clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can be helpful for arthritis, dental and facial pain, digestive disorders, fatigue, fibromyalgia, menopausal symptoms, nausea and fatigue associated with chemotherapy, smoking cessation, urinary dysfunction, and childhood conditions such as ADD, anxiety and sports injuries.
Among the advantages of acupuncture are few side effects and early treatment of problems before they escalate into serious health threats.
Acupuncture for Oncology
Acupuncture is an integrative health treatment that stimulates body and brain activity, maximizing the healing process for illness. Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be a safe and effective adjunct therapy for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, for managing cancer-related pain, and for cancer fatigue. Call 513 246 2636 for more information or to schedule your acupuncture appointment.
Acupuncture Provides True Pain Relief in Study- New York Times, Alternative Medicine section, September 2012:
"A new study of acupuncture — the most rigorous and detailed analysis of the treatment to date — found that it can ease migraines and arthritis and other forms of chronic pain."
Acupuncturists must have a valid Ohio license, plus certification/training of 300 hours from a U.S. acupuncture school or five years of practice as an acupuncturist.
- Peter Sheng MD
- Kathleen O'Donnell, L.OM, MSOM, Dipl.OM