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Acupuncture is a non-drug, non-invasive therapy that may produce a variety of benefits – from pain management to helping with nausea associated with chemotherapy. According to the 2002 National Health Interview Survey, an estimated 8.2 million Americans have been to an acupuncturist, and an estimated 2.1 million U.S. adults used acupuncture in the previous year. For the past 20 years, researchers have been studying the benefits of acupuncture for many conditions, including low back pain, headaches, and osteoarthritis of the knee.

The Philosophy of Acupuncture

One of the oldest healing arts, acupuncture originated in China and other Asian countries thousands of years ago.  Acupuncture practitioners believe that an illness is caused from interference with the flow of energy, also called chi, and an imbalance of the opposing and complementary forces within the body: yin, the cold and passive aspect, and yang , the hot, active and excited aspect.

To restore the balance between yin and yang and to unblock chi, acupuncture stimulates specific points of the body through several techniques, including insertion of hair-thin metal needles through the skin.  In Chinese medicine, chi is believed to flow through pathways (meridians) in the body, which are accessible through more than 350 acupuncture points.  Western medicine explains the effects of acupuncture through stimulating nerves, muscles, and connective tissue, which increases the body’s natural activity to regulate pain and increase blood flow.

During Your Visit

While acupuncture providers may have different styles, a typical visits – which usually lasts about 30 minutes – includes an assessment of your condition by the doctor, insertion of the needles and advice on home care. Before the needles are placed, you will lie down on a comfortable table either face up or face down, depending on where the needles will be inserted.  Sometimes the needles are gently moved or stimulated with electricity or heat.  Each treatment may require the insertion of as many as 12 needles, which stay in place for 20 minutes.  During this time, you can doze in a darkened room while listening to soothing music.

What is Acupuncture?

At The Gibson Center in Northwest Arkansas, we’re happy to offer acupuncture as one of our many treatment options. Acupuncture is a treatment based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a system of healing that dates back thousands of years.  At the core of TCM is the notion that a type of life force or energy known as qi (pronounced chee) governs particular bodily functions.  When there’s too little or too much qi in a meridian or when the qi stagnates or is blocked, illness results.  Acupuncture treatment consists of inserting thin stainless steel needles at various points on the body, known as gateways, to unblock or re-balance the flow of qi.

What happens during an acupuncture session?Acupuncture Treatment, NW Arkansas

Dr. Jean will find the gateways in the meridian that lead to the areas of blocked qi, and will insert the needles in these sites. You may not feel the needles at all or you may feel a twitch or a momentary twinge that subsides as soon as the needle is in.  The needles are inserted barely under the skin around 2mm in depth.  Once the needles are all in place, you’ll rest for twenty minutes in a darkened room with relaxing music.  During this time, you’ll probably feel relaxed and sleepy and may even doze off.  Sometimes the acupuncture needles are connected to a micro-current stimulator, which runs a very weak current runs through the needles. This helps aid in the flow of energy and helps tissue healing.

What problems can acupuncture help treat?

Acupuncture can be used to treat many different issues.  Some of these issues include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Knee Pain
  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Muscle tension
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irregular periods
  • Neck pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendinitis
  • Back Pain
  • Tennis elbow
  • Shoulder Pain

The Gibson Clinic in northwest Arkansas includes an acupuncture treatment center. Make an appointment today to see how acupuncture can improve your health!