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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic intervention which is used in treating specific health dysfunctions (i.e., musculoskeletal pain and movement disorders, sports injuries, functional problems, problems of dysregulation, headaches, stress-related disorders, chronic pain, etc.).
Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system, in pain syndromes, functional problems, and any diseases in which these modulatory mechanisms are available.
Therapeutic goals and treatment targets are selected based on the identified neurological dysfunctions contributing to the clinical presentation of the symptoms. Sometimes Contemporary Medical Acupuncture treatments result in transient amelioration or disappearance of the symptoms, and other times results in permanent resolution of the dysfunction, especially when dysregulation of the nervous system was the underlying pathophysiological mechanism.
What are the benefits of Contemporary Medical Acupuncture for patients?
Acupuncture can be effective as a solitary treatment, or as an adjunct to other therapeutic interventions. The World Health Organization recognizes the use of acupuncture in the treatment of:
Sports related injuries and other movement disorders;
Musculoskeletal pain problems: neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, joint pain;
Chronic pain: headaches, sciatica, osteoarthritis, neuritis and facial pain;
Digestive disorders: irritable bowel, constipation, diarrhoea and gastritis;
Menstrual and reproductive problems: dysmenorrhea, perimenopausal symptoms and infertility;
Urinary tract disorders: prostatitis and bladder dysfunction;
Respiratory problems: sinusitis, asthma, sore throat and recurrent respiratory tract infections;
Stress related problems: addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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