Acupuncture

acupunctureAcupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is based on the concept that disease results from disruption in the flow of qi, an imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and the flow of qi. Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by a variety of techniques. It is intended to remove blockages in the flow of qi and restore and maintain health.

Acupuncture is used to successfully treat both pain and dysfunction in the body.  With the use of an Electric Meridian Imaging Machine, Dr. Novak is able to provide acupuncture therapy using a painless approach that replaces the penetrating needles and is growingly popular.

According to the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (2004), acupuncture may be considered as a complementary therapy for the conditions in the list below. The conditions labeled with * are also included in the World Health Organization list of acupuncture indications. These cases, however, are based on clinical experience, and not necessarily on controlled clinical research: furthermore, the inclusion of specific diseases are not meant to indicate the extent of acupuncture's efficacy in treating them. Contact our office today if you'd like more information on the benefits of Acupuncture.

  • Abdominal distention/flatulence
  • Acute and chronic pain control
  • Allergic sinusitis
  • Anesthesia for high-risk patients or patients with previous adverse responses to anesthetics
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety, fright, panic
  • Arthritis/arthrosis
  • Atypical chest pain (negative workup)
  • Bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Certain functional gastrointestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel)
  • Cervical and lumbar spine syndromes
  • Constipation, diarrhea
  • Cough with contraindications for narcotics
  • Drug detoxification
  • Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Headache (migraine and tension-type), vertigo (Meniere's Disease), tinnitus
  • Idiopathic palpitations, sinus tachycardia
  • Fractures, assisting in pain control, edema, and enhancing healing process
  • Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures
  • Neuralgias (trigeminal, herpes zoster, postherpetic pain, other)
  • Paresthesias
  • Persistent hiccups
  • Phantom pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Post-traumatic and post-operative ileus
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Selected dermatoses (urticaria, pruritus, eczema, psoriasis)
  • Sequelae of stroke syndrome (aphasia, hemiplegia)
  • Seventh nerve palsy
  • Severe hyperthermia
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sprains and contusions
  • Temporo-mandibular joint derangement, bruxism
  • Urinary incontinence, retention (neurogenic, spastic, adverse drug effect)

Additionally, other sources advocate the use of acupuncture for infertility, regarding in-vitro fertilization.

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