What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a type of alternative treatment where specific points known as “acupoints,” are stimulated manually (also known as “acupressure”), or by inserting fine, sterile needles. Acupuncture originated over 5,000 years ago in the Orient and quickly spread to Europe and other parts of Asia. It is not until recently (approximately 1970’s) that acupuncture began being utilized here in the states.
How does Acupuncture work?
Nothing is actually injected into the body with acupuncture; instead, meridians, or “pathways” in the body are cleared when specific acupoints are stimulated manually or via needles. This allows the “qi” (pronounced “chi”) to flow through the previously blocked pathways. In fact, from a physiological perspective, there is an increase in cellular ATP, improved circulation and blood flow, increased oxygen, and a release of endorphins. This results in diminished pain, improved body function, and a healthier internal environment in the body.
What is Acupuncture used for?
Acupuncture works wonders for a wide range of conditions. It is very effective for a number of conditions…. The real question is what ISN’T acupuncture used for? Over the years, acupuncture has successfully treated the following health conditions:
- Facial Rejuvenation (diminishing the appearance of fine facial lines and wrinkles)
- Neck and back pain
- Muscle aches and pains
- Sinus pressure
- Cold-like symptoms
- Weight Loss
- Quitting smoking or other substance abuse
- Minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face (cosmetic acupuncture)
- Overall well-being
Whatever your reasons are for utilizing acupuncture, it is a safe, natural, alternative approach to allopathic medicine that has been successfully utilized for many centuries on people all over the world.
Scared of Needles?
Some patients are fearful of the tiny needles. For this reason, Dr. Skokos also uses laser treatment on specific acupoints which has similar results to that of acupuncture. Laser treatment can be utilized on the ears, arms and legs, and/or other body parts to produce the desired effect.
Feel free to contact Dr. Skokos with any questions or concerns about acupuncture or any other health conditions that you may have.