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Acupuncture has been an alternative healing method health practitioners have been relying on for years. By inserting hair-thin needles into precise points along the body, this stimulates positive changes in peoples’ health and well-being. While the scientific mechanisms behind acupuncture’s incredible effectiveness are still being uncovered, one thing is certain: a skilled acupuncturist can help people find successful pain management for a wide variety of ailments, help in the anti-aging battle and even help with weight loss, fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression and much more. Our Milwaukee acupuncturist has years of experience helping people with these and other health problems through this effective healing method.
The practice of acupuncture is the stimulation of certain acupuncture points on the human body for the purpose of controlling and regulating the flow and balance of oxygen and blood. Fine needles that resemble a cat whisker are inserted just below the skin point. Stimulation by the use of acupressure, electrical, mechanical, thermal or traditional therapeutic means.
Eastern medicine views the human body as a complete organic entity that interconnects the external phenomenal world and the physical bodily structure through a series of natural laws. Eastern medicine focuses attention on the patient rather than on the disease, grouping together signs and symptoms of a disease and synthesizing them, until a clear picture appears that provides a diagnosis of the person as a whole.
A patient's illness is closely related to the emotional and mental aspects of a person. The doctor will diagnose and treat the individual taking into consideration the continuum line produced by the interactions of body, mind and spirit. Generally, in Western medicine a disease is diagnosed according to what is happening to the mechanical structure of the organs in relation to the disease process. In Eastern medicine, the internal organs are actually the power of organ function, not the physical structure of the organ. Eastern medicine emphasizes the performance and functions of the organic structures.
Acupuncture physician in Milwaukee Dr. Rapkin, provides acupuncture to treat a variety of health conditions. Acupuncture is an ancient therapy of Chinese origins that is used around the world to treat physical and emotional illnesses. Through the stimulation of specific points around the body, the Central Nervous System can be influenced to balance hormones, improve circulation, stimulate tissue repair, release natural painkillers, regulate breathing and blood pressure, and relax the body and mind.
Acupuncture can be a highly effective therapy in the treatment of many health conditions, including gastrointestinal disorders, asthma, depression, insomnia, hot flashes, pain, liver dysfunction, and gynecological disorders. When administered by a capable practitioner, it can be used to treat a patient simultaneously on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
Many Western patients who are asking "Does acupuncture work?" aren't necessarily satisfied with the answers provided by Traditional Chinese Medicine. In this age of evidence-based medicine, it's only natural to seek scientific data that explains and supports the use of this ancient healing modality in modern terms. Fortunately, our ever-expanding knowledge about how the body works, and our ability to observe and measure those processes, gives us a clearer understanding of just how acupuncture can relieve your pain and improve your health than ever before.
Research suggests that the very act of needling can cause biochemical reactions between white blood cells and calcium which in turn result in higher levels of endorphins and opioid neurotransmitters, the body's own natural painkillers. Researchers have also found that acupuncture acts on cells called microglia and astroctyes by inhibiting these cells' ability to contribute to inflammation and pain.
Acupuncture's powers to improve other aspects of health and wellness are also being discovered and documented by modern science. For instance, researchers believe that the same process that helps control inflammation also has the benefit of reducing oxidative damage to a part of the brain called the hippocampus. Acupuncture also seems to have beneficial effects on the immune system, especially when immune system is under strain from hyperstimulation by hormones such as cortisol. Acupuncture has been found to reduce blood levels of cortisol while increasing the levels of stress-busting serotonin. A 2007 study found that even a single acupuncture session produced improvements in immune response that continued for up to 72 hours.
Again, modern science says, yes, it can. Studies of obese patients indicate that acupuncture can help reduce BMI, hip and waist circumference, and other recognized obesity indicators -- not only in adults, but also in children. So you can see why our team at Vitality Health & Wellness Center of WI has incorporated acupuncture into our holistic weight loss programs. It also serves as a powerful part of our blended approaches toward pain management and preventative wellness. We put multiple, complementary techniques to work toward helping you feel and function better -- from the ancient technique of acupuncture to state-of the-art laser treatments.
Acupuncture works by restoring balance to the body’s systems. All kinds of things can throw your body out of balance chemically, hormonally and otherwise. Stress, poor diet, injuries, too little sleep or hydration are all things that can affect health and block the body’s energy pathways, which are called meridians. The energy flowing through these meridians is called Qi (“chee”). When Qi flows freely, the body and mind are healthy. Current scientific studies point to these ancient notions of Qi and meridians as actual pathways of the nervous system that flow through the body. When these pathways become hindered in some way, then illness and pain result. Skillful insertion of these needles, along with nutritional and herbal interventions, however, can have a significant positive impact on pain management and healing.
By skillfully inserting these sterile, fine, FDA-approved needles, our Milwaukee acupuncturist can bring balance to our patients. Numerous recent studies have shown conclusively that needling spurs biochemical changes in the body, releases endorphins for pain relief and actually boosts energy levels. In fact, the most recent and wide-ranging studies have shown that the needles are more effective at bringing pain relief than actual pharmaceutical painkillers—but without all of the negative side effects. We have also been able to help many patients see significant anti-aging results and even weight loss success through this type of treatment.
For those who might be anxious about the idea of all the needles, our patients who have tried acupuncture overwhelmingly report that this is a comfortable process. The needles are so fine that some people barely feel them going in, while more sensitive patients report only the tiniest prick, like a mosquito bite. On the other hand, our patients overwhelmingly report improvement in their conditions after a full course of needling and other complementary and natural treatments.
Although acupuncture is not a stand-alone treatment, it is an essential aspect of a natural healing regimen that includes nutritional and herbal interventions. We may recommend a series of treatments a few times a week over several weeks, more or less depending on the severity of the patient’s condition and his or her health goals. Most patients start seeing an overall improvement in their health and a reduction in their pain levels and an increase in their energy levels after a few sessions.
Talk with our Milwaukee acupuncturist today at 262-827-4000!