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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture treatment Sandy Springs, GA.

Oriental medicine is a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat and prevent illness for thousands of years.  Acupuncture is a part of that system and refers to the insertion of small, sterile, hair-thin needles into specific points of the body.  


The process is virtually painless and the needles stimulate the body's healing process. 


What Kind of Techniques are Used?

Acupuncture Isn't Just Needles

Acupuncture also incorporates other techniques including:

  • Moxibustion (heat)

  • Gua sha (skin massage)

  • Cupping (suction)

  • Auricular therapy (ear acupuncture)

  • Electrical or laser stimulation

  • Dry needling

There are many techniques and styles of acupuncture.  After all, it is over 2500 years old!  We have studied with some of the best in the field.  Each day we may use techniques learned from the many masters whom we have been lucky enough to learn from including: the amazing Dr. Tan and his Balance Method, great teachers of Master Tung style acupuncture such as Susan Johnson LAc., Dr. Wei-Chieh Young, Brad Whisnant, Dr. Robert Chu and other leaders in the field including Dr. William Morris.  


We also practice dry needling (which is acupuncture under a different name -

watch this video for more on this technique).


What Kind of Conditions does it Help?

Acupuncture treats a wide range of conditions because it focuses on restoring function to organ systems, muscles and tissue while working directly with the nervous system.  


This means that acupuncture is highly effective when used to treat pain of any kind including back, neck, shoulder, muscular and joint pains.  If you're saying "Ouch" let us help!  


The World Health Organization has endorsed the use of acupuncture as effective in treating many conditions that we have also treated in our office. 

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Musculoskeletal Conditions 

Almost any sports injury such as sprained ankles and knees, cartilage problems, corking and tearing of muscles, torn ligaments and bruises.

  • Neck and upper shoulder pain

  • Sciatica

  • Lumbago/low back pain

  • Shoulder pain: rotator cuff, frozen shoulder

  • Tennis/golfer's elbow

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis

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  • Toothache, post-extraction pain

  • Gastric/stomach and duodenal ulcers

  • Acid reflux/heartburn

  • Gastritis, gas, bloating

  • Colitis

  • Diarrhea, constipation

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Liver and gall bladder disorders

  • Weight control

  • Premenstrual tension (PMS)

  • Painful, heavy or irregular, or the absence of periods, abnormal uterine bleeding or discharge

  • Menopause: hot flashes, hormonal imbalance

  • Infertility

  • Morning sickness.

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  • High or low blood pressure/Hypertension

  • Chest pain/angina pectoris

  • Allergies

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  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Difficulty sleeping/insomnia

  • Sequelae of stroke

  • Facial neuralgia (Bell's Palsy)

  • Trigeminal neuralgia 

  • Peripheral neuropathy 

  • Tinnitus, dizziness, and Meniere's disease

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  • Depression

  • Phobias

  • Emotional disturbances

  • Anxiety, nervousness

  • Addictions such as smoking.

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