8 Things You Didn’t Know About Acupuncture

Chiropractic care includes health and wellness outside of spinal alignments, with several treatment approaches to holistic medicine. Though you may be aware of acupuncture as an existing treatment at Tannenbaum Chiropractic of Beverly Hills, there are a few things you should know about the procedure in regard to its accessibility, effectiveness, and the treatment itself.

Read on to learn  more about how and why implementing acupuncture treatments into your regular chiropractic care visits may be right for you!

1.    Acupuncture treats more than pain

The most common reason people receive acupuncture treatments may be for pain relief, but that is not the only problem acupuncture can help resolve. The list of proven improved health benefits from regular acupuncture treatments include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Athletic injuries
  • Gastritis and other digestive issues
  • Adverse reactions to chemotherapy treatments
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Postpartum healing
  • Facial pain, including from dental issues and TMJ
  • Hypertension and hypotension
  • Sciatica
  • Headaches and chronic migraines
  • Labor induction
  • Other discomforts caused by pregnancy
  • Nausea
  • Ulcers
  • Arthritis
  • Stroke
  • Surgery recovery
  • Insomnia
  • Pediatric medicine
  • Weight Loss

2.     Acupuncture is backed by the World Health Organization and National Institute of Health

WHO is an agency of the United Nations that focuses on international health. As such, WHO recognizes and advocates for accessible health treatments beyond western medicine procedures. Because acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and widely practiced in other parts of the world, it is a popular medicinal treatment for people globally, and there is ample empirical evidence of its success as a result.

3.     Acupuncture has been in practice for over 3,000 years

The history of acupuncture treatments and holistic practices dates back to ancient China, with millenniums of professional acupuncturists perfecting the craft. Acupuncture operates within the ancient Chinese belief system that energy flows throughout the body—this understanding of energy flow and its connection to the body’s whole body wellness runs parallel to chiropractic studies of the central nervous system and its role in nerve communication and body function. In short, when our energy receptors are interrupted or blocked, physical, mental, and even emotional imbalances occur. Acupuncture is a method to clear these blockages, based on thousands of years of studying acupuncture points that allow energy (and blood and oxygen) flow throughout the body naturally as a method of holistic, natural healing.

4.     Acupuncture treatments are covered by some health insurance plans

While Medicaid/Medicare has yet to include alternative medicine within their covered care, many larger private insurances have become privy to the benefits of acupuncture treatments and do. This usually does depend on the reason for your acupuncture visit—health issues such as chronic pain, nausea, migraines, and pregnancy symptoms are more likely to be covered. Check with your insurance provider to learn about your options!

5.     Acupuncture does not hurt—and the treatment sessions are fast

Despite the use of needles, acupuncture treatments are said to be a relaxing experience. The needles used are as fine as human hairs, and only inserted into the skin ½ – ¼ an inch. A tingling, but pleasant feeling is often said to be felt at the point of insertion, with an overall experience comparison to a deep tissue massage. It is also quite fast—the average acupuncture treatment generally only takes about thirty minutes.

6.     Acupuncture is just one treatment under the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) umbrella

Also referred to as Eastern Asian Medicine (EAM), Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) encompasses a variety of modalities for holistic health treatments. While acupuncture is gaining traction in the U.S. most recently, there are other facets of TCM such as herbal medicine, Chinese medical massage, cupping, and heat therapy. Overall, TCM treatments seek to restore balance in the body naturally by approaching the body both holistically, as well as on a personal level.

7.     Acupuncture requires a series of visits

Just like regular chiropractic care visits are necessary to maintain your overall health, your first acupuncture treatment is not going to be a one-time-cure-all visit. Acupuncture works best with a full assessment, followed by a personal treatment plan that will include a series of consistent visits. Like physical therapy, the more chronic or serious the condition, the more visits you will likely need. Your wellness approach may call for multiple visits per week, or once a week depending on your individual circumstance. Natural approaches to wellness such as Traditional Chinese Medicine take time to see progress, and are also dependent on the patients age, condition, and lifestyle.

8.     Acupuncturists are highly trained

Like chiropractors, acupuncturists are specialists in the medical field that require rigorous study, practice, and accountability as medical professionals. Dr. Hana Hadawar, D.C., CCSP, LAc is our team member and acupuncturist at Tannenbaum Chiropractic, offering a foundation of knowledge as well as a Doctor of Chiropractic and a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Licensed and trained acupuncturists are intuitive, kind, and specialized and Dr. Hana upholds an upstanding reputation with patients as being just that.

Overall, acupuncture is a natural approach to holistic healing that is backed by thousands of years of practice as well as scientific approaches. Whether you need pain relief or resolution of other health issues, our experts at Tannenbaum Chiropractic can help determine if acupuncture treatments are right for you!

Curious if acupuncture could be the treatment you’ve been looking for? Call Tannenbaum Chiropractic today for a free consultation!