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Why Haven’t You Tried Acupuncture? Let’s Explain the Fears Away…


Curious about Acupuncture?

Acupuncture. You’re been reading about it. Some of your friends and family may have tried it. You’ve been thinking about picking up the phone…but there’s something keeping you back. Are you interested in trying acupuncture but really want some questions answered? Problem solved! Read on…

First and most pressing…Does it hurt?

Here’s the initial caveat — every person is different, and can have different reactions. The actual sensations caused by the needles vary. Some people feel a little pain as needles are inserted, but most patients feel no pain at all. The needles are tiny, just a bit larger than a cat’s whisker or human hair.


Acupuncture needle, third from the top. Surprisingly small!

The depth of needle insertion varies depending on the area of the body to be treated. For example, a fleshier area of the body may require a different needling technique. Typically, needles are inserted at depths ranging from 1/8” to 1 ½”. Many people find the treatment very relaxing, and often fall asleep!  Sometimes a little soreness in the treatment area can happen but generally dissipates within 24 hours of treatment. Proper rest and hydration is also recommended.

How safe is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a safe, all-natural, drug free therapy which yields no side effects. There is little danger of infection from the needles, which are sterile, used once and then discarded.

Here’s some of the benefits of acupuncture — less pain, better sleep, more energy, mental clarity, a stronger immune system, better digestion, less stress, less pain, and did we mention less pain?

How May Treatments Will I Need?

Acupuncture awakens your self-healing capabilities. The number of treatments varies from person to person. For some, relief will be immediate; others may take months or years to achieve results. Chronic conditions often take longer to resolve than acute ones. Plan on a minimum of a month of treatments to see significant change. 

What Conditions Can Be Treated by Acupuncture? Can you help me?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recognize acupuncture as an effective method of treatment for the following conditions: 

Allergies, addiction, ankle pain, anxiety, appetite control, arthritis, asthma, Bell’s palsy, blood pressure, bronchitis, cancer, carpal tunnel, chronic fatigue, cluster headaches, colitis, common cold, constipation, dental pain, depression, diarrhea, digestive trouble, ear aches, emotional problems, eye problems, food allergies, facial palsy/tics, fatigue, fertility, fibromyalgia, fibroids, frozen shoulder, gastritis, GERD, gout, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, hot flashes, heel pain, incontinence, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, jaw pain, joint pain, low back pain, Lyme disease, knee pain, menstrual problems, menopause, migraine, morning sickness, Morten’s neuroma, muscle pain, nausea, neck pain, osteoarthritis, pain, PMS, rheumatoid arthritis, reproductive problems, rhinitis, sciatica, shingles, shoulder pain, sinusitis, sleep disturbances, smoke cessation, sore throat, sports injuries, stiff neck, stress, tennis elbow, tendonitis, tooth pain, torticollis, trigeminal neuralgia, tmj, urinary tract, vomiting, weight loss, and wrist pain.

See yourself somewhere on that list? Wouldn’t it be nice to feel less stress, less pain? 

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Acupuncture: Painless Help for Shingles Sufferers

Acupuncture Helpful for Shingles

Acupuncture Helpful for Treatment of Shingles

Shingles (also known as herpes zoster) is a latent side effect of chickenpox and can remain undetected in the body for years. It is a viral skin disease that is characterized by a rash, one that is usually painful and unsightly. Unlike chickenpox, it can strike at any stage in life. There are several different sensations that the shingles rash can produce, including burning, itching, numbness and tingling. Within days of the rash, strong pain will usually develop.

Along with the skin rash, other symptoms can include headache, fever, and malaise. Treatment depends on the location, duration and severity of the episode. Immediately, run to your doctor and get an anti-viral medication as well as a steroid medication (short term). Then call for acupuncture to help hasten the healing process. Shingles is non-contagious, so it cannot be spread from person to person.

The shingles rash most often shows up along a nerve pathway, and starts with affecting the nerve sheathing. Then pain is due to the disruption of the nerve sheathing, which now will need a bit of time to repair itself. Immediate medicine will be huge in allaying the damage and hastening the cure. Areas often affected are usually facial nerve, or thoracic nerves around the rib cage, or lower back to buttocks area, usually one-sided.

Acupuncture is very helpful in hastening the healing process. The point sites are local to the nerve enervation area that has been affected. There will be other point sites as well. In all cases where strong pain is involved, acupuncture is painless, and is a welcome help. All the cases I have treated have improved very quickly.

For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com