Acupuncture is a natural method to treating numerous health conditions quickly and effectively. The approach takes advantage of the body’s natural points, commonly referred to “acupoints,” within the body to relieve pain and solve health issues. By placing hair-thin needles at each “acupoint” can help resolve certain issues within the body.
Dr. Soszka makes use of several different acupuncture approaches such as the Balancing Method, TCM Acupuncture, Classical Acupuncture (Taoist Style), and Anatomically-based technique. Each approach focuses on the different “acupoints” to help the body heal itself naturally.
Acupuncture. Does it Work?
Yes! This is by far the most common question that Dr. Soszka is asked when people find out that he uses acupuncture in his practice. He has personally seen some amazing healing take place with acupuncture – often in conjunction with Chinese herbal formulas. This modality is certainly well known for having potent pain relieving results but it can treat many different conditions including respiratory, digestive, women’s and men’s health issues, and even weight loss!
- Abdominal Bloating
- Acid Reflux
- Back & Neck Pain
- Chronic Fatigue
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ear Infections
- Hot Flashes
- Irritable Bowel
- Muscle Spasms
- Nerve Pain & Numbness
- Night Sweats
- Sea Sickness
- Sore Throat
- Stop Smoking
- Tennis Elbow
- Weight Loss
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How Does it Work?
Acupuncture is part of a 5,000-year-old system of medicine developed in China. The Chinese medical scholars believed the body’s energy, called Qi, flowed through specific pathways in the body called meridians. Along these meridians were energy nodes (areas that qi gathers) commonly called “Acupoints” that could influence the flow of energy that associated with organs and the parts of the body. By placing needles at these acupoints it was thought that it could strongly influence the energy of the body, directing its movement, correcting imbalances within the meridians and organs.
Today, modern research findings are consistent with the ancient application of this technique. Western medical researchers, led by the National Institutes of Health, have done numerous studies that have consistently found five major areas of effect within the body. Here are a list of these five areas.
Studies have found measurable changes to the blood chemistry with increases in white blood cell count, prostaglandins, and other agents of immunity in before/after blood tests.
Acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins – the body’s natural painkiller – which are 1000 times stronger than morphine. This is one of the reasons that it is so effective for pain related conditions.
Studies find that acupuncture can influence blood profusion in the tissues by increasing or decreasing blood flow, this being most evident in the treatment of muscle strain and spasm.
Additionally, acupuncture appears to influence the release of both Serotonin which influences mood, and Noradrenalin which has associations with focus and concentration.
Nerve Gate Regulation
Acupuncture can block the transmission of pain along the nerves by overloading the nerve gates, preventing the pain from reaching the brain. I have used this in cases of hyperactive nerve pain – often seen in post-stroke conditions.
Do insurance companies cover acupuncture?
Every year, more and more insurance companies are adding Acupuncture service coverage to their policies. Not sure if your insurance company covers Acupuncture? Call us at (503) 517-8222 and we’ll find out your policy coverage.