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Ask the Doctor: Acupuncture

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Acupuncture is the focus of tonight's Ask the Doctor segment with Katania Taylor. She's an integrated medicine physician at Saint Mary's Medical Group.

What is acupuncture and what are the benefits of receiving treatments?

Acupuncture can be traced back more than 3,000 years. It is based on ancient Chinese belief that the energy that flows throughout the body is essential for health and wellness. When those energy channels are blocked, physical, mental and emotional imbalances may occur which may result in the development of diseases. Stimulating acupuncture points allows the energy to flow more freely, allowing the body to regain balance. In Western medicine, acupuncture points are viewed as places where nerves, muscles and connective tissue are stimulated to increase blood flow and induce the body's innate ability to heal, decrease inflammation and reduce pain.

Who might benefit from receiving acupuncture treatments? 

Although acupuncture is most commonly used to relieve pain, it is also an effective treatment for conditions such as allergies, arthritis, depression, headaches, menstrual issues, menopause, digestive problems, insomnia and more.

What does it feel like to receive an acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture is not painful and the treatments are fast. Many patients say they feel relaxed and at ease during an acupuncture treatment. In fact, acupuncture needles are about as fine as a couple of human hairs and are inserted to the depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. In most cases, the needles stay in place for just 15 to 20 minutes while you relax, and between five and 30 needles are typically used in a treatment. 

How many treatments are needed for patients to see results?

Although some people will respond well to only one treatment, more are often necessary. The frequency of treatment and number of treatments needed is related to the patient's condition. Generally, the longer the patient has had the condition the longer the course of treatment will be before showing substantial and lasting results. As symptoms improve fewer visits are required. A client should discuss his or her treatment program with the Acupuncturist, as each individual case is unique.

For more information, please call 775-829-2277.

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