Acupuncture: is an ancient oriental system of medicine which has been of great benefit to countless people over the centuries.

From being a treatment solely practiced in China, its use has exploded and is now widely recognized in the West. It is used both in private healthcare and the NHS to address a wide variety of symptoms and illnesses including those linked to HIV. One reason for its increasing use is the growing body of evidence supporting its effects. From its discovery in China over 3,000 years ago, modern clinical trials and studies now offer firm evidence that acupuncture can be effective in treating pain, nausea and other symptoms. The World Health Organization supports its use and it unites both mainstream and alternative healthcare practitioners.

Acupuncture involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points in the body. Those afraid of needles should not be put off as the needles are very thin and it doesn't hurt in the same way as an injection. These points are situated mainly on 'meridians': lines linked to various organs and systems of the body (e.g. lung, spleen, kidney). An acupuncturist who works along a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) framework will diagnose an imbalance in these functions through a thorough holistic examination.

For the acupuncturist, health depends on the balance of these elements. It can be hard to imagine these lines and points being more than fantasy, but they can be clearly detected by a change in skin resistance to electricity. Pain due to peripheral neuropathy, or any of the musculoskeletal problems, responds well in the majority of cases in our experience. It is important that the doctor specifies the reason and source of the problem so that you get the right kind of technique for inserting and manipulating needles into "energy points" on the body. According to acupunctural teachings this will restore health and well-being.

Acupuncture treats the human body as a whole that involves several "systems of function" that are in many cases associated with physical organs.

 

Since Acupuncture is a discipline of its own the applications are limitless-from pain control to weight loss. See bellow a list of the conditions acupuncture can help...

Musculoskeletal

  • Back pain
  • Low back pain/sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Joint/limb pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Scoliosis
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Numbness and Tingling

Mental/Emotional

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Insomnia/sleep disturbance
  • Dizziness
  • Energy

Gynecology

  • Irregular/painful menstruation
  • PMS
  • Menopause
  • Female issues Infertility
  • Morning sickness
  • Malposition of the fetus
  • breech presentation

Respiratory

  • Bronchial asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Cough
  • Sinusitis

Digestion Constipation/Diarrhea

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Acid reflux
  • heartburn & indigestion

Why do we recommend Acupuncture for weight loss?

DrMonica Weight LossChinese acupuncture is finally getting under the skin of dieters by tapping into the body's many hidden energy meridians. The ancient practice of acupuncture helps to heal a host of ailments, and practitioners of Western medicine now embrace it to quell chronic pain, postoperative pain, nausea and vomiting, high blood pressure, addictions and weight loss. When fine needles are barely inserted into the skin along strategic points on the body it can restore balance to the flow of energy along rivers of Qi (pronounced chee), or life force.

There are many reasons people become overweight - hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common. Using acupuncture to tackle weight loss is a multi-pronged approach. Pinning Down the Benefits The rationale for using acupuncture for weight control is based in the premise that weight gain could be the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining "homeostasis" or functional balance that allows the body to run like a finely tuned instrument. It is the body's dispatch center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals, and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and hunger. Of particular interest is the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones.

Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism. The guiding principal is that acupuncture can power up any other weight control strategy by curbing appetite, quelling cravings, boosting metabolism, improving digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full. Complete a full course of treatment - Acupuncture for weight loss is best achieved with number of treatments delivered over a few weeks. Follow a comprehensive weight-loss plan - Acupuncture can be more beneficial when used alongside a comprehensive weight-loss plan, like the Dr. Monica® Weight Loss Program.

Cardiovascular Disorders

  • Hypertension

Endocrine

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Diabetes

Head/Face Disorders

  • Meniere's Disease
  • Headache/migraines
  • TMJ
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Dental pain

Neurological

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Shingles
  • Thoracic Outlet Carpal Tunnel
  • Post stroke paralysis

Urogenital

  • Incontinence
  • Bed wetting
  • Bladder dysfunction

Skin conditions

  • Sagging Skin
  • Rosacea
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne

Other