Acupuncture is an ancient healing art, one of numerous disciplines that make up Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The earliest writings on the subject, the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic), date to the 2nd century B.C.
Medical Acupuncture refers to acupuncture that has been integrated into conventional Western medical and allied health practices. Treatment relies not only on our modern understanding of anatomy and physiology but also the classical concepts of energy movement through the body. The two, together influence the combination and patterns for therapeutic insertion of very fine needles, which is the basis of Medical Acupuncture.
In TCM, the flow of energy called Qi (pronounced “chee”), runs in channels throughout the body. Acupuncture helps regulate this flow so the organs can function properly. Modern scientific research shows that acupuncture alters the way pain messages are sent to the brain in addition to releasing chemicals that relieve pain and promote healing.
Acupuncture can be effective for pain problems related to TMJ, bruxism (teeth grinding), headaches, and associated neck and upper back pain. In addition, acupuncture can also be used for relaxation, analgesia, and sedation prior to surgical procedures such as extractions or dental implants.
As a surgery office we are very conscious of infection control. We only use sterile, single-use, disposable needles for treatment, which prevents disease transmission.