Acupuncture

Last Updated: 03/28/17

Index

  1. What is Acupuncture?
  2. Advantages of Acupuncture
  3. Warning / Suggestion
  4. Reference Sources
Practitioner applies acupuncture needles to a patient's shoulder.

1. What is Acupuncture?

The term "acupuncture" describes a family of procedures involving the stimulation of points on the body using a variety of techniques. The acupuncture technique that has been most often studied scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metallic needles that are manipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. Practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years, acupuncture is one of the key components of traditional Chinese medicine. [National Institute of Health]

Some of the things Acupuncture can help with include:

  • stimulate weakened nerves
  • offer pain relief by relieving pressure
  • heal poor circulation
  • headache and nausea relief
  • pain relief

Acupuncture is something to consider to aid in recovery of different types of nerve damage including facial palsy (paralysis) as a result of facial nerve damage as a result of NF2 (Neurofibromatosis Type 2) or Bell's Palsy.

2. Advantages of Acupuncture

  1. Acupuncture can be a good noninvasive alternative to pain management if you do not want to rely on pain medications.
  2. Acupuncture helps to stimulate and energize the self-healing and regeneration capacity of the body.
  3. Acupuncture can help support and strengthen the immune system.
  4. Acupuncture can assist with drug recovery, alcohol addiction and smoking cessation.
  5. Acupuncture in a beneficial health care modality to prevent disease and maintain well-being.
  6. Acupuncturists view each person as a dynamic and holistic being. With in-depth diagnosis, we formulate an individual treatment plan based on the diagnosis which treats the cause of the illness instead of just the symptoms.
  7. Acupuncture has successfully treated millions of people for many medical diseases, disorders and symptoms, including pain, allergies, infertility, stress and post-stroke syndrome for over 3,000 years.

3. Warning / Suggestion

For individuals with Neurofibromatosis Type 2, acupuncture should be done by medical professionals only.

The reason for doctors should specifically be found to have Acupuncture is that as tumors grow and are treated blood flow in the body might be different than expected by the person placing the needles. This can be especially dangerous when a person has spinal cord tumors.

4. Reference Sources

National Institutes of Health. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Acupuncture. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/acupuncture

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