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Acupuncture


Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

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Acupuncture


Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

 

What is it?

Acupuncture is the insertion of fine sterile needles into the body at specific points to promote health and healing. It alters various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illness and injury.

 
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Relax & Heal


Acupuncture provides the guidance your body needs in order to heal and repair itself. Our bodies are very capable of healing, given the proper nutrients and guidance. Acupuncture provides the guidance while herbal supplements and diet provide the nutrients. 

 Most people only know acupuncture for pain, but you can use it for most things you would go to your regular doctor for.

Curious to see whether it's right for you? Give us a call.

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Relax & Heal


Acupuncture provides the guidance your body needs in order to heal and repair itself. Our bodies are very capable of healing, given the proper nutrients and guidance. Acupuncture provides the guidance while herbal supplements and diet provide the nutrients. 

 Most people only know acupuncture for pain, but you can use it for most things you would go to your regular doctor for.

Curious to see whether it's right for you? Give us a call.

Make a Reservation

5 BIO-MEDICAL THEORIES AS TO HOW ACUPUNCTURE WORKS: 

  • Neurotransmitter theory- acupuncture affects higher brain areas, stimulating the secretion of beta-endorphins and enkephalins in the brain and spinal chord. The neurotransmitter release influences the immune system and the antinociceptive system.
  • Autonomic nervous system theory- acupuncture stimulates the release of norepinephrine, acetylcholine and several opiods, affecting changes in their turnover rate, normalizing the autonomic nervous system and reducing pain.

 

  • Gate control theory- acupuncture activates non-nociceptive receptors that inhibit the transmission of nociceptive signals in the dorsal horn "gating out" painful stimuli.
  • Vascular interstitial theory- acupuncture manipulates the electrical system of the body by creating or enhancing closed-circuit transport in tissues. This facilitates healing by allowing the transfer of material and electrical energy between normal and injured tissues. 
  • Blood chemistry theory- acupuncture affects the blood concentrations of triglycerides, cholesterol and phospholipids, suggesting that it can both raise and diminish peripheral blood components, thereby regulating the body towards homeostasis.

 

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Does it work?


The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) recognizes acupuncture as being effective in treating the following:

Does it work?


The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) recognizes acupuncture as being effective in treating the following:

effectively treats

  • Addiction- alcohol, drug, smoking

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Colitis

  • Common Cold

  • Constipation

  • Dental pain

  • Diarrhea

  • Depression

  • Digestive troubles

  • Dizziness

  • Dysentery

  • Emotional problems

  • Eye Problems

  • Facial Palsy/tics

  • Fatigue

  • Fertility

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Gingivitis

  • Hiccoughs

  • Incontinence

  • Indigestion

  • IBS

  • Low back pain

  • Menopause

  • Menstrual irregularities

  • Migraines

  • Morning Sickness

  • Nausea

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Pain

  • PMS

  • Pneumonia

  • Rhinitis

  • Sciatica

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

 

  • Shoulder pain

  • Sinusitis

  • Sleep disturbances

  • Sore throat

  • Stress

  • Tennis elbow

  • Tonsilitis

  • Tooth Pain

  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

  • UTI

  • Vomiting

  • Wrist pain

*This list is not all inclusive. If you have a concern not listed above and want to know if acupuncture can be helpful, please call or email us.


IN THE MEDIA

As acupuncture generates success and becomes more mainstream, media attention has heightened. Give these videos a watch to learn more. 

 
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How often?


Will I need to come in all of the time?

How often?


Will I need to come in all of the time?

For specific health concerns:

Patients schedule twice a week, the first two weeks, then weekly thereafter until symptomatic relief starts to last longer than a week. Once it does, we push it back, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, so on and so forth. The goal is to get you well, not to keep you here for forever.

Be mindful that if you space treatments too far apart at first, it acts more like a band-aid, keeping your progress at the current level it's at, rather than being the corrective form of care you're looking for. With acupuncture, each treatment builds upon the previous, giving you more longstanding and corrective results as you go. 

After your first treatment, you may start to feel a little bit better, then you slope off.  At first, your improvement lasts a few hours or a few days. If we catch you while you're on the upswing and give you another treatment, you get further faster and have to see me less times total. (Thus, twice weekly, at first.)  After your body gets used to acupuncture your improvements will last longer and longer.

For those with health concerns, whose schedules do not accommodate twice weekly treatment, minimally we recommend once a week to start. With once weekly treatment, changes will still occur, they will just be at a slower pace. 

For chronic, more complicated health conditions, expect treatment duration to be longer than new and acute situations.  

Pain Patients:

With the treatment I like to start with, about 80-90% of patients will see an increase in their range of motion or a decrease of their level of pain, pretty immediately. Usually, while they're on the table, into the night, or the next day.

If you fall into that 20% category that doesn't experience a change right away, we change our treatment plan. There are a lot of different ways to address pain, we just like to start with what works best for most. 

 

For Wellness & Preventative Medicine:

Patients seeking wellness care may come as often or as little as they like. Some patients prefer weekly tune-ups, others choose monthly and still others choose seasonally, or community events.

Minimally, I suggest maintaining seasonal treatments for general wellness, as during each change of season, a new organ system is more active and thus more susceptible to symptomatic expression of illness. 

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Managing expectations:

Health concerns do not come on overnight, nor will they go away with one acupuncture treatment, in the same fashion.

Give acupuncture at least 6 treatments before you decide for or against it. It can be helpful for most, however, for some it won't be. 

Acupuncture is a wonderful form of corrective medicine, in that each treatment builds upon the previous. It encourages your system to heal at a faster pace, bringing your body back to homeostasis with a renewed sense of normalcy. 

 

 

Private appointments:

Call 724.884.5337 to schedule. Initial new patient appointment $120.00, Follow-ups thereafter $70.00 ea. 

Acupuncture Events:

Held throughout Pittsburgh. Check our event calendar for details. Want to bring ACU/YOGA events to your studio or Corporate Acupuncture to your place of business? Please contact us.