What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture consists of the insertion of stainless steel, pre-sterilized and disposable filiform needles into the skin at specific points usually to a depth of one-half to one inch depending on the location of the body and the individual. Typically, several acupoints are selected and the needles are left in from 20 to 40 minutes. Stimulation can be done by rotating the needles manually or attaching electrodes to send a weak electric current through the needles (electroacupuncture). OSR is here to be your resource for acupuncture in Kailua.
Cupping is a traditional Chinese medical technique of applying a glass jar to the skin and creating a vacuum over specific points on the body. This vacuum can remain stationary or be moved from one point to another. It is a great way to treat respiratory conditions, chronic illness and muscle pain. It is also known for it’s detoxifying affect on the body as a whole. It is also commonly used to lessen the appearance of cellulite.
How does acupuncture work?
In Chinese medicine, proper physiological function and health depend on circulation of vital nutrients (blood, body fluids, Qi , and other substances) through a network of “channels” or “meridians”. This network connects every organ and part of the body, providing balance, regulation, and coordination of physiological processes. It is understood that pain and disease result when the flow of Qi and blood through the body is disrupted or blocked. This may be due to pathogens, trauma, medications, emotional instability or lifestyle factors such as overwork, poor diet, lack of rest, and stress.
Acupuncture stimulates appropriate points in the body in order to help restore balance and encourage the natural healing process innate in each of our own bodies.
The biomedical explanation of acupuncture is related primarily to the nervous system. When needles are inserted, the peripheral nervous system reacts and sends a message to the central nervous system, which in turn responds by signaling and mediating the release of hormones, chemicals, and neurotransmitters. These substances control tissue and organ function as well as moderate pain perception. In addition, acupuncture promotes blood and lymphatic circulation throughout the body.
Acupuncture can help with:
- Sleep Disorders
- Immune System support
- Musculoskeletal Issues
- Prenatal & Postpartum Health
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Smoking Cessation
- Digestive Disorders
- Pain Management
- Dermatological Issues
Some little known facts are:
- Acupuncture can increase the success rate of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) up to 65%
- The needles that are going into your skin are so small that acupuncture is virtually painless
- Acupuncturists often will check your pulse and look at your tongue to get some understanding of what is happening in your body.
- The first acupuncture needles were made from stone, bamboo, and bone. Modern day needles that are used are made from stainless steel.
- One of the most common uses for acupuncture is to act as an anesthetic because it is extremely effective in managing pain.
- Acupuncture varies on a case to case basis. Each person’s body has a different reaction and different stimuli points which means that each acupuncture visit is unique. Although you may be suffering from the same ailment as the person before you, there is a good chance your treatment will be completely different.
- One of the greatest perks of acupuncture is that it helps limit the use of prescription drugs for pain relief. Meaning- it is commonly prescribed by physicians for people who have a history of addiction.
- More than 3 million Americans use acupuncture each year.
Here at OSR we strive to exceed our patient’s expectations of achieving better health and a higher quality of life. If there is anyway that we can help you do this, contact us, we would love to make you the best version of yourself.