Acupuncture is a branch of traditional Chinese medicine, using special needles and moxa, a therapy that involves the burning of specific herbs at acupuncture points, to prevent and treat diseases. It has a known history of more than 3,000 years.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Traditional Chinese medicine believes that diseases occur in the body when there is an imbalance in the complementary life forces, yin and yang. This energy is believed to flow along 14 interconnected main channels, or meridians, which form a network covering the whole body surface and service one or more specific areas or organs. An imbalance between one's yin and yang can be corrected by stimulating the appropriate points on these meridians.
What Medical Programs Can Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture can successfully treat diseases such as: migraine and tension headaches; cervical sprain; allergic sinusitis; TMJ; Bell's palsy; toothache; shingles; osteoarthritis; rheumatic and rheumatoid arthritis; whiplash injury; fibromyalgia; frozen shoulders; tennis elbow; carpal tunnel syndrome; sports injuries; tendinitis; sciatica; chronic back pain; stroke rehabilitation; children's bedwetting; peri-menopausal syndrome; stress relief; depression; anxiety; panic disorder; chronic fatigue syndrome; sleep disorders; gastritis; ulcerative colitis; Chrohn's disease; irritable bowel syndrome; gastric reflux disease; bladder dysfunction; weight loss; substance abuse and smoking cessation; diabetic neuropathy.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
No. The diameter of acupuncture needles is as thin as your hair, and special skill is used so that most patients do not even realize the needles already have been inserted. A few patients may feel a tingling or sensation like a mosquito bite. Also, there are absolutely no drugs on acupuncture needles.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
It depends on the medical problem. For some acute diseases, one or two treatments are enough. For chronic diseases, however, 10 or more treatments may be needed.
Dr. Min Ann Wang, OMD, LAc., has 20 years of experience in acupuncture and Chinese herbology. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, is licensed by the West Virginia Acupuncture Board and is a member of the West Virginia Association of Oriental Medicine.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 304-234-1911. Dr. Wang's office is located in the Wheeling Clinic, 16th Street, Wheeling.