What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture refers to the insertion of very fine needles into designated points on the body selected according to theories and principles of Chinese medicine.hmi_4d088f2fc8c39
Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with related adjunctive modalities like cupping and moxa therapy.
Acupuncture and its related modalities are relatively painless and free of side effects. Acupuncture is capable of treating both acute and chronic conditions and can provide both remedial and preventative care.

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What is Community Acupuncture?

Inspired by Working Class Acupuncture in Portland, Oregon, Minneapolis Community Acupuncture has created a calm, relaxing environment where patients receive acupuncture in small groups while seated in comfortable recliners. Needles will be placed primarily along your arms, legs, face and head. Appointment times are staggered throughout the hour to allow high-quality, personalized care to multiple patients, making it possible to lower fees and make Chinese medicine accessible to a greater number of people.

Due to the higher cost of private one-on-one treatments common in America, people normally receive acupuncture once a week, at best. When treated with greater frequency, you can see and feel faster improvements in your condition. Minneapolis Community Acupuncture’s fees allow you get acupuncture as often as you need it. Depending on your constitution and your condition, I may encourage you to come in multiple times in one week.

Patients benefit in many ways from the community setting. In this busy society, it is not often we stop and take time to relax while surrounded by our peers. This group experience creates a collective healing energy that enhances the power of each individual’s treatment and allows families and friends to visit our clinic together.

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Why Did You Put That Needle There?

Friend and colleague Andy Wegman wrote a great booklet for his own community acupuncture clinic in New Hampshire to answer lots of the most commonly asked questions about acupuncture in general and community acupuncture in particular.

You can go to his website where he will provide a link to download a copy in English or Spanish for free. You can also hear Andy read his book or follow the link on his website to buy a copy from Amazon.

Copies are also available for sale at the clinic.
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Will acupuncture hurt?

Most people feel very little or no pain at all. Sometimes there is a pin-prick sensation for the first few seconds after needle insertion, but then it goes away. More typically, people who receive acupuncture find it is not only clinically effective but also generally relaxing and calming. Many people feel more energized and have a stronger sense of well being during and after an acupuncture treatment. 
Compared to an injection from a hypodermic needle the sensation of an acupuncture needle is negliable.acupuncture-needle-size-om-flow

There are many different techniques used in acupuncture ranging from relatively stronger sensations to very light insertions. At Minneapolis Community Acupuncture, I use the more gentle Japanese technique for your acupuncture treatment.

If there is any discomfort at all, it’s usually mild and temporary.

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What can acupuncture treat?

Because acupuncture is part of a comprehensive system of health care (Traditional East Asian Medicine), it can help almost any problem to some degree. That’s because it works by helping you access your own healing energy or your ‘inner pharmacy’.

Acupuncture is used by itself or alongside other therapies to increase the overall efficacy of treatment without the complication of adverse interactions or side effects.

The World Health Organization, research from the National Institute of Health and other peer reviewed studies, and a growing number of hospitals across the US recognize the efficacy of acupuncture for a wide range of health issues.

Here are some examples of what acupuncture is known to help:

Anxiety and stress, Depression
Autoimmune Disorder
Bell’s Palsy
Cancer Care Support
Chronic Fatigue
Common Cold/Flu
Digestive and intestinal disorders, including loss of appetite, GERDs (acid reflux, bloating and gas, constipation/diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, IBS, Chrone’s|
Fibromyalgia and Myofacial Pain Syndrome
Headaches and Migraines
High Blood Pressure
HIV/AIDS support
Infertility and Reproductive health
Insomnia and sleep disturbances
Menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats
Menstrual irregularities, pain and associated symptoms such as PMS, cramps
Pain and Injuries of the musculoskeletal system, including:
Joint pain: knee and hip pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel and other wrist/hand pain, shoulder pain,     bursitis, tendonitis, back pain, neck pain, whiplash
Post surgical pain
Pain from neuropathy, Herpes Zoster
TMJ, dental pain
Pregnancy support and related conditions (morning sickness, digestive disturbances, etc.)
Respiratory Disorders including allergies, asthma, bronchitis, COPD and sinusitis
Stroke rehabilitation
Weakened immunity

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