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Acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine dating back over 5,000 years. It is based on the concept that the body has specific channels (meridians) through which energy (chi) flows. While this energy, or chi, is flowing smoothly, there will be no specific pain or disease, but if the chi is either deficient or excess in quantity, or is not flowing freely, there will be disease. When acupuncture needles are placed in specific points on the skin, energy is redirected to bring about a healing response.
The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as an effective treatment for more than 35 common illnesses. Acupuncture is also known to normalize physiological functions, stimulate the immune system, relieve drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and aid in behavior modifications such as weight loss, and smoking cessation. In the same way, acupuncture may also be effective in reducing tension, stress, and depression.
Acupuncture | Q&A
Rachel Waldman, an acupuncturist in the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, discusses acupuncture: what it is, how it works and how it can help those with chronic pain.
At the Johns Hopkins Integrative Medicine & Digestive Center, acupuncture treatments are delivered in a quiet, nurturing environment. Patients can enjoy lying on a comfortable massage table, and can listen to relaxing music during treatments. Aromatherapy, massage, and meditative exercises are often employed during treatment to enhance the healing benefits.
- Our licensed acupuncturists provide treatments to address the following conditions:
- Acute and chronic pain, including repetitive motion injuries (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, and tendonitis), TMJ and teeth grinding, traumatic and post-surgical pain
- Autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, Sjogren’s syndrome, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves’ disease, Raynaud’s phenomenon, scleroderma, Crohn’s disease, Systemic lupus erythematosus, autoimmune hepatitis, and multiple sclerosis
- Cognitive issues, such as lack of concentration, poor memory, ADD, and inability to focus
- Dermatological conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, and cystic acne
- Energy problems, such as fatigue, lack of motivation, and chronic fatigue syndrome
- Gastrointestinal conditions, including heartburn; abdominal pain; irritable colon; diarrhea; constipation
- Gynecological and obstetric issues, including PMS; painful periods; morning sickness, fetal breech presentation, support for delivery in late pregnancy, support for lactation difficulties
- Infertility and reproductive problems of women and men
- Insomnia and sleep disorders
- Musculoskeletal issues, such as low back pain; muscle, tendon, or joint pain; sports injuries
- Neurological conditions including chronic headaches; sciatica; nerve injuries
- Respiratory problems, such as asthma; sinusitis; allergic rhinitis
This list is not exhaustive. If you have a health concern not listed above, give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your case. NEW - We now participate with EHP!