Acupuncture is a method of natural health care that originated in China more than 2,500 years ago. Today, it is used across the United States by both licensed acupuncturists and physicians trained as medical acupuncturists.
Acupuncture may be used to strengthen your immune system and manage a variety of health conditions, including:
- Morning sickness
- Post-surgical nausea
- Nausea after chemotherapy
- Respiratory problems
- Digestive discomfort or dysfunction
- Stress and anxiety
- Endocrine imbalance
Acupuncture is often used as a complementary medicine, used together with conventional medicine. At Woodwinds, acupuncture is offered through the Natural Care Center. It is available on an outpatient basis and to hospital patients (with a doctor's referral).
What is acupuncture?
According to traditional Chinese medicine, the body has an energy force called Qi (pronounced chee) that must be balanced and free-flowing to maintain health. When the body's circulation of Qi is not in a balanced state, health can suffer. It is thought that acupuncture can help the body regain its flow of energy and energy balance.
During acupuncture, fine, sterile needles are inserted at precise points on the body to redirect patterns of energy circulation. When the needles are inserted, the majority of patients feel no pain or minimal pain. After acupuncture, patients often experience a calming effect and an improved sense of well-being, in addition to getting relief for their symptoms.
Is it safe?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. At Woodwinds, acupuncture is administered by an experienced licensed acupuncturist.
Is acupuncture covered by insurance?
In some cases, acupuncture may be covered by insurance. You should check with your insurance plan before you are treated. Some plans require a doctor's referral.