While acupuncture in the United States has frequently been associated with pain control, it has much broader applications. Acupuncture can be effective as the only treatment or in conjunction with conventional medical therapies.
Acupuncture treats but is not limited to the following:
- Chronic and Acute Pain – Injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
- Neurological Disorders – Post-stroke recover, Bell’s Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders
- Upper Respiratory Disorders – Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu
- Digestive Disorders – Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers
- Urinary and Reproductive Disorders – Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms
- Immune Function – Recurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer and AIDS patients
- Addictions – Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs
- Eye and Ear Disorders – Tinnitus, Meniere’s disease
- Depression, Anxiety & Insomnia
Where do the needles get placed?
Our Toms River Acupuncturists rely on a system of meridians, lines of energy which flow through the body. There are 12 major meridians and eight minor ones, and acupuncture needles will be placed at various points in these meridians to harmonize energy. Each meridian is associated with a particular organ, each organ is considered responsible for different symptoms which can be treated with acupuncture at specific points. Our Toms River Acupuncturist use charts and established anatomical features to find acupuncture points and meridians on their patients. There are hundreds of such points, with many in common use by most acupuncturists.
Myth: Acupuncturists use 100 needles during a treatment.
Fact: During an Acupuncture session you should only be treated with 8 to 15 needles.
Myth: Acupuncture needles can transfer diseases like AIDS and hepatitis from individual to individual.
Fact: Each needle is sterile and only used one time and then disposed of. Therefore there is no risk of these diseases being transmitted.
Myth: My insurance won’t cover acupuncture, so I can’t afford to try it.
Fact: Don’t be so sure about that! There has been a sudden increase in coverage for acupuncture treatment. Check with your insurance provider.
Myth: Acupuncturists aren’t licensed medical professionals.
Fact: Acupuncturists are licensed regulated professionals. To be licensed in New Jersey, acupuncturists must complete a 3 to 4-year graduate program in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and pass a national and state certification.