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Graduates of National University of Health Sciences
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15 years of clinical experience in
Chicago
Schaumburg Acpuncture

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points in the body.

Those afraid of needles should not be put off as the needles are very thin and it doesn't hurt in the same way as an injection. These points are situated mainly on 'meridians': lines linked to various organs and systems of the body (e.g. lung, spleen, kidney). An acupuncturist who works along a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) framework will diagnose an imbalance in these functions through a thorough holistic examination.For the acupuncturist, health depends on the balance of these elements. It can be hard to imagine these lines and points being more than fantasy, but they can be clearly detected by a change in skin resistance to electricity. Pain due to peripheral neuropathy, or any of the musculoskeletal problems, responds well in the majority of cases in our experience. It is important that the doctor specifies the reason and source of the problem so that you get the right kind of technique for inserting and manipulating needles into "energy points" on the body. According to acupunctural teachings this will restore health and well-being.

Acupuncture treats the human body as a whole that involves several "systems of function" that are in many cases associated with physical organs.

Pain Management

Acupuncture treats a various acute and chronic pain conditions

Weight Management

Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased Ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased Leptin. more...

Fertility / Infertility

Our goal is not just to get you pregnant! The first thing we do is to improve your general health vitality by laying down a "foundation" so you will be more likely to conceive, carry, and deliver a healthy baby. more...

How does acupuncture work?

According to classical theory, acupuncture works by removing the obstructions in the energy channels, or meridians, in the body. Like rivers of energy, these meridians flow along regular pathways to irrigate and nourish the body's organs and tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these rivers is like a dam that backs up the natural flow of energy, causing an imbalance that manifests as sickness and pain. By inserting needles and stimulating acupuncture points, an acupuncturist removes these dams and restores the natural balance and smooth flow of energy throughout the body.
In contrast to the classical theory, modern science proposes that needling acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release biochemicals, such as endorphins, immune system cells, and neurotransmitters, in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. In addition to killing pain, these chemicals can influence the internal regulating system of the body and affect involuntary bodily functions such as blood flow, immune reactions, body temperature, and digestion.

Is it safe?
When administered by a licensed practitioner, acupuncture is a very safe form of therapy. Acupuncturists in Illinois are trained and certified in Clean Needle Technique, which requires the adherence to strict safety guidelines, such as the use of sterile, disposable needles, to minimize the risk of infection.

What can acupuncture treat?
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, ranging from pain problems, to addictions, to emotional disorders.
To view a list of conditions we commonly treat, please see our Conditions Treated below.

Does acupuncture hurt?
For most people, acupuncture causes minimal to no pain. The needles used during acupuncture are very fine and are nothing like the hypodermic needles used to give injections at a doctor's office. A patient may feel a slight prick similar to a mosquito bite when the needle is first inserted. At times, a tingling, dull ache, or warm sensation may be experienced at the point where the needle is inserted. This is a desired affect and should not be uncomfortable. Often, during an acupuncture treatment, a patient feels so relaxed that he or she will fall asleep.

What can I expect during my acupuncture visit?
During a typical first visit, your acupuncturist will take a detailed health history, fully investigate your chief complaint, perform a physical exam, and determine a diagnosis for you. From this, a treatment plan is designed and administered. This plan may include acupuncture as well as adjunctive techniques, such as cupping, massage, electro stimulation, gua sha, or heat therapy, if necessary. This may take 60 to 75 minutes but is necessary to create an individualized treatment plan that addresses your unique health condition while focusing on your main concern. Treatments during subsequent visits will be adapted to your progress and will generally last between 30 to 45 minutes.

How many treatments will I need and how often will I need them?
The number of treatments needed varies from person to person. Some people experience significant improvement after one or two treatments, while others may take weeks or months to achieve lasting results. Chronic conditions generally take longer to resolve than acute ones, and the longer a patient has had a condition, the longer it usually takes to resolve. Other factors that influence the number of treatments needed include the severity of the problem and the patient's lifestyle, overall health, and constitution.
Your acupuncturist should be able to give you an idea of how many treatments will be needed after he or she becomes familiar with your unique situation and needs. He or she may suggest two or three treatments per week during the initial phases of treatment, and then less frequent treatments as the condition improves.


Since Acupuncture is a discipline of its own the applications are limitless-from pain control to weight loss. See bellow a list of the conditions acupuncture can help...

Cardiovascular Disorders

  • Hypertension

Endocrine

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • Head/Face Disorders
  • Meniere's Disease
  • Headache/migraines
  • TMJ
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Dental pain

Neurological

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Shingles
  • Thoracic Outlet Carpal Tunnel
  • Post stroke paralysis

Urogenital

  • Incontinence
  • Bed wetting
  • Bladder dysfunction

Skin conditions

  • Sagging Skin
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne

Other

  • General well-being
  • Cellulite Reduction
  • Non-surgical face lift
  • Stop smoking
  • ...and more

Musculoskeletal

  • Back pain
  • Low back pain/sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Joint/limb pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Numbness and Tingling

Mental/Emotional

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Insomnia/sleep disturbance
  • Dizziness
  • Energy

    Gynecology

    • Irregular/painful menstruation
    • PMS
    • Menopause
    • Female issues Infertility
    • Morning sickness
    • Malposition of the fetus
    • breech presentation

    Respiratory

    • Bronchial asthma
    • Allergic rhinitis
    • Bronchitis
    • Common cold
    • Cough
    • Sinusitis

    Digestion Constipation/Diarrhea

    • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    • Acid reflux
    • heartburn & indigestion

    Why Acupuncture for weight loss?

    Chinese acupuncture is finally getting under the skin of dieters by tapping into the body's many hidden energy meridians. The ancient practice of acupuncture helps to heal a host of ailments, and practitioners of Western medicine now embrace it to quell chronic pain, postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, addictions and weight loss. When fine needles are barely inserted into the skin along strategic points on the body it can restore balance to the flow of energy along rivers of Qi (pronounced chee), or life force. There are many reasons people become overweight - hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common. Using acupuncture to tackle weight loss is a multi-pronged approach. Pinning Down the Benefits The rationale for using acupuncture for weight control is based in the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining "homeostasis" or functional balance that allows the body to run like a finely tuned instrument. It is the body's dispatch center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals, and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and hunger. Of particular interest is the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones.

    Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. The guiding principal is that acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full. Complete a full course of treatment - Acupuncture for weight loss is best achieved with number of treatments delivered over a few weeks. Follow a comprehensive weight-loss plan - Acupuncture can be more beneficial when used alongside a comprehensive weight-loss plan, like the Dr. Monica® Weight Loss Program.

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    Articles

    Listed below are some informative articles about acupuncture and the conditions it treats. We encourage you to check back often as this page will be frequently updated.

    Acupuncture Relieves Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
    Mayo Clinic Study

    Acupuncture Provides Long-term Relief of Low Back Pain
    Acupuncture Today article by Michael Devitt

    Acupuncture Relieves Pain and Improves Function in Knee Osteoarthritis
    National Institute of Health

    Scientists Seek Clues for Acupuncture's Success
    WebMD Feature by Jeanie Lerche Davis

    Acupuncture Provides Significant Benefits for Migraine Patients
    Acupuncture Today article by Michael Devitt

    Auricular Acupuncture Effective in Treating Anxiety
    Acupuncture Today article by Editorial Staff

    Arthritis: Acupuncture
    WebMD Rheumatoid Arthritis Guide

    Acupuncture Pins Down Allergy Relief
    Fox News article by Dr. Manny Alverez

    Acupuncture Beats Drug to Treat Hot Flashes
    Reuters article by William Dunham

    Acupuncture Beats Aspirin for Chronic Headaches
    Reuters article

    Acupuncture for In-vitro Fertilization
    WebMD article by Amanda Hitti

    Acupuncture for Arthritis
    WebMD article

    Acupuncture: A Cure for Infertility?
    FoxNews article by Catherine Donalson-Evans

    The Ancient Art of Infertility Treatment
    WebMD article by Collette Bouchez

    Can Acupuncture Help You Conceive?
    CBX News article by Raksha Shetty

    Acupuncture May Ease Chronic Back Pain
    WebMD article by Kathleen Doheeny

    Links/Resources

    SelfGrowth.com
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    Body Mind Spirit Directory
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