Acupuncture is an ancient technique in which an acupuncturist Chicago IL inserts hair-thin needles into specific points on the body to prevent or treat illness. Practiced for more than 2,500 years in China, where it originated, acupuncture is part of the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which views health as a constantly changing flow of energy called qi (pronounced “chee”). In TCM, imbalances in the natural flow of energy are thought to result in disease. Acupuncture aims to restore health by improving the flow of qi.
What conditions can acupuncture treat?
According to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, traditional Chinese medicine has been proven to successfully treat a broad range of acute and chronic medical conditions. This has created a professional partnership between acupuncturists and the conventional medical community as physicians refer an increasing number of patients for treatment. Among the numerous diseases and disorders helped using acupuncture are:
- Osteoarthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Migraine and Tension Headaches
- Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
- Low Back Pain/Sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel
- Endometriosis, Menopause, PMS, Menstrual Disorders, Infertility
- Colds and Flu, TMJ, Asthma
The diagnostic process in traditional Chinese medicine involves classical procedures of observation, listening, and questioning. It also includes testing the quality of pulses, appearance of the tongue, and sensitivity of body parts.
Once your condition has been evaluated in terms of traditional Chinese medicine, an acupuncturist Chicago IL will review your specific concerns and develop a treatment plan. This may include acupuncture, remedial massage, cupping, herbal medicine, and nutrition/dietary interventions.
The duration of each session is one hour. Depending on the condition you may need one or two visits per week. You will be regularly re-evaluated to determine the total number of treatments needed.
Acupuncture is a viable option for a wide variety of health conditions particularly as an alternative to surgery and medication. If you would like to know more about acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine offered by WholeHealth Chicago, call us at 773.296.6700 to make an appointment with a trusted acupuncturist Chicago IL.