What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a natural and drug-free way to reduce pain for minor aches and pains. According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is effective at treating:
- Allergies and hay fever
- Digestive problems
- Facial pain
- Hypertension and hypotension
- Knee pain
- Low back pain
- Malposition of fetus
- Morning sickness
- Nausea and vomiting
- Neck pain
- Postoperative pain
- Radiotherapy or chemotherapy reactions
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis elbow
Strategically inserted needles stimulate blood flow, help alter tissue planes, assist in the body's inflammatory process, and reduce pain by modulating pain receptors of the brain. For chronic and serious pain, acupuncture is an excellent supplementary treatment of a more comprehensive approach.
Benefits of Acupuncture
Benefits you can experience from acupuncture treatments include:
- Affordable and natural way to treat mild pains and aches
- Natural treatment for anxiety and depression
- Minimal to zero side effects during and after treatment
- Reduce your dependency for certain medications
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes, acupuncture is a safe procedure when performed by a trained professional using sterile medical acupuncture needles. In addition to being a board certified osteopathic physician, Dr. Dan is also a certified medical acupuncturist.
Your acupuncture treatments will use sterile, nontoxic needles used only once.
Acupuncture offers a safe treatment for most mild pains and aches in the body. Acupuncture can also help you relieve more serious - chronic - pains and aches when you use it as a complementary treatment to your current treatment plan.
Acupuncture and Yin and Yang
There are many daily habits which can move you our of balance. In today's modern society, these can include:
- Delayed sleep schedules
- Excessive social media use
- Unrestrained answering of work emails
These all-too-common habits lead to a lack of rest, relaxation, and reflection. Without this, your body is forced to compensate and overuse certain physical processes. The result is an imbalance in your yin and yang energies. Without even realizing it, you overtax yourself constantly, increasing levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine is rooted in the idea of yin and yang. Yin and yang describe two opposing, complementary energies. According to Chinese thought, every physiological process which takes place inside of your body is either yin or yang in nature. Let's explore how the yin and yang model explains why dis-ease occurs in the body.
Viewing the body as a single unit, the Chinese model defines health as existing when all of the processes of your body are balanced and occur in harmony with each other. When a process occurs more than it was naturally designed to, your body's yin and yang energies fall out of balance, compromising other processes in your body. Depending on your state of health, these imbalances may cause anxiety and depression, pain, and even physical disease.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture works by naturally restoring balance and harmony to the body's physiological and energetic processes.
- The Chinese view the human body as being composed of complex, inner-moving streams of energy, known as meridians.
- Energy flowing along these meridian pathways should always be moving, always transforming, and never obstructed.
- When that energy becomes stationary in one part of the body, such as when you overuse the parts of your brain that you use at work, pain, anxiety, and disease can result.
- Acupuncture needles smooth out and enable that circulation of energy to return to normal.
Unblocking the body's circulation of energy helps, in turn, to restore the yin and yang balance in the body. As acupuncture needles are placed at appropriate spots where blockages have been observed, energetic and physical blockages begin to dissipate.
Research now shows acupuncture needles placed at specific points in the body stimulate the body’s endorphins. Endorphins are your body’s natural painkillers. Endorphins also change and direct your body’s blood flow. By increasing blood flow to a damaged area of the body, acupuncture accelerates the healing process. This makes acupuncture a safe and natural way to eliminate pain points, increasing healing time, and rebalancing the energetic makeup of the body.
Preparing for Your Acupuncture Appointment
Be prepared for acupuncture treatments by wearing comfortable and loose clothing. Depending on the area being treated, we may need to have easy access to your arms, legs, and torso area. Avoid the following within one hour of your appointment:
- Vigorous exercise
- Sexual activity
- Eating a large meal
- Coffee and alcohol
How much does it cost?Acupuncture treatments are included as part of your comprehensive treatment plan.
How many sessions will I need?
You can have regular acupuncture treatments. Most of our patients with acute pain require 8 - 10 visits to see lasting results.
Will I experience any pain?
You will not experience any pain as acupuncture needles are inserted.
Where are you located?
We are located in Carmel. You can schedule an appointment to see us below.
Schedule your appointment today
Learn more about Dr. Dan’s acupuncture treatments by completing the form below:
Our Carmel Office:
13590 N Meridian Suite 100-A
Carmel, IN 46032
Call or Text: (317) 819-4949