Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular as a viable way to treat chronic disease and pain. It’s an ancient method to treat the ill, created thousands of years ago by the Chinese.
Ning Qian, licensed acupuncturist with the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, has been performing acupuncture for decades.
The World Health Organization recognizes at least 47 kinds of diseases that can be treated with acupuncture. Pain can also be treated with acupuncture and relieve symptoms.
Pain that is treatable by acupuncture includes: headaches, migraines, dizziness, neuralgia, post-operation pain, stroke residuals and facial pain. It relieves symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, Bell’s palsy, tremors and memory loss. It can cure pain and weakness in neck, shoulder, arms, hands, fingers, knees, leg, feet, back pain or aches. It also treats muscle cramping, localized traumatic injuries, sprains, strains, sports injuries, arthritis, carpal tunnel, disc problems, sciatica, varicose veins and heel spurs.
Other treatable problems include: abdominal pain, hyperactivity, chronic diarrhea, indigestion, gastritis, colitis, constipation, hemorrhoids, fatty liver, diabetes, thyroid problems, neurogenic bladder dysfunction, nephritis, poor vision, degenerative eyes, tinnitus, nervous deafness, ear ringing, toothache, post extraction gum/tooth pain and gum problems.
Many sicknesses and lifelong symptoms can be relieved through acupuncture. Sicknesses that acupuncture can help relieve symptoms of include: allergies, sinusitis, common cold, tonsillitis, emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, flu, lung problems and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
It can also help gynecological issues such as PMS cramps, menopause syndrome, urinary tract infections and obstetrics care, as well as prevent miscarriages and infertility. For males, prostate issues, impotence and also infertility can be treated.
Acupuncture can also help with hypertension, coronary heart angiocardiopathy, cardiac arrhythmia, insomnia, depression, anxiety, nervousness, neurosis, shingles, lupus-erythematous, eczema, rashes, myasthenia gravis and after cancer-surgery pain.
Not just a cure for pain and symptoms, acupuncture has many other benefits with lasting results. Some of the other benefits include: increased vitality and energy, stress reduction, deep relaxation, skin rejuvenation, face lifting and weight control. Acupuncture can also stop addiction to smoking, drinking, drugs and other addictions. It even enhances athletic and physical functionality. Acupuncture can help regulate heart rate, blood pressure and blood chemistry, stabilizing the immune system.
In combination with acupuncture, Ning also recommends Chinese herbs that can increase these affects greatly.
The body has 360 major acupoints, or areas where the needles are placed, which run along 14 main channels. When the needle is placed into the acupoint, Ning says, it allows blood and energy to flow into the targeted area. Slight voltage is applied to the needle to make it pulsate, which increases the treatment’s effectiveness. Generally, there is minimal sensation, which varies according to the body’s constitution and the nature of the ailment or pain.
The majority of clients come in for treatment of pain. Many seek a remedy for sinus conditions. Others try acupuncture to quit smoking, lose weight or fight headaches. “A lot of people are seeking a natural treatment in order to reduce the number of medications they take,” Ning says.
Call China Acupuncture Clinic, located across from the Grace Medical Center at 2315 50th St., Suite C-D, at (806) 796-2969 to schedule your appointment. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.