San Jose, Santa Clara Acupuncture

The theory and practice of acupuncture is based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) or Oriental medicine, a comprehensive natural health care system that has been used in Asian countries for thousands of years.Our San Jose, Santa Clara based acupuncture professionals know that best. Acupuncturists stimulate “acu-points” found on the body surface by inserting very thin needles through the skin to produce physiological effects. The biomedical explanation of acupuncture is related to the nervous system. When needles are inserted, the peripheral nervous system reacts and sends a message to the central nervous system, which in turn responds by signaling and mediating the release of hormones, chemicals, and/or neurotransmitters. These substances control tissue and organ function as well as moderate pain perception. In addition, generally, acupuncture promotes blood and lymphatic circulation. In Chinese medicine, proper physiological function and health depend on circulation of nutrients (blood, body fluids, etc…), substances, and energy called Qi (“chee”) through a network of “channels” or “meridians.” This network connects every organ and part of the body, providing balance, regulation, and coordination of physiological processes. It is understood that pain and ill health result when the flow of Qi through the body is disrupted or blocked. This may be due to disease, pathogens, trauma, medications, or lifestyle factors such as overwork, poor diet, emotions, lack of rest, and stress. Stimulation of appropriate acu-points through acupuncture treatments helps to restore sufficient, continuous, and even flow of Qi and other nutrients throughout the body, restoring health and balance to the body while relieving pain and other symptoms. 

 

San Jose Acupuncture

What to expect from an Acupuncture when you visit to our San Jose, Santa Clara area Clinic

First, the acupuncturist will take a thorough history of overall patient health, diet, lifestyle factors, and chief complaints. Then, he or she will perform any necessary physical exams, order laboratory tests, X-rays, or MRIs for accurate diagnosis and to determine the need for specialist referral. Pulse taking on both wrists and tongue examination are two unique diagnostic techniques that acupuncturists will use as well. Following diagnosis, the practitioner should explain the nature of the presenting problem, recommend a treatment plan, and give an anticipated prognosis or outcome. Treatment will consist of insertion of stainless steel, filiform (solid, not hollow), pre-sterilized and disposable needles in the skin usually to a depth of one-half to one inch. There may be no sensation upon insertion depending on location (hands and feet are more sensitive), the condition being treated, and technique of the acupuncturist. Typically, several acu-points are selected and the needles are left in from 20 to 40 minutes. Stimulation can be done by rotating the needles manually or attaching electrodes to send a weak electric current through the needles (electroacupuncture). The number of treatments needed depends upon the duration, severity, and nature of the health condition at hand. Two or three treatments may be sufficient for an acute condition, while a series of five to 15 treatments may be needed to resolve chronic conditions. Some degenerative conditions require ongoing treatments over a long period of time. 

Call our San Jose, Santa Clara area based acupuncture clinic for more information. 408 – 241 – 8326

The Benefits of Acupuncture from our San Jose / Santa Clara area clinic

Chinese medicine is a comprehensive holistic medicine that can address many health problems. Some of the most commonly treated issues, which have been well researched and shown effective in clinical trials are acute and chronic lower back pain due to vertebral disk herniation, degenerative disk disease, simple muscle strain, or acute sprain; nausea and vomiting related to chemotherapy treatment, pregnancy or post-surgery recovery; and knee pain due to arthritis. Other health conditions commonly treated by licensed acupuncturists are allergies/asthma, anxiety/depression, bladder/kidney problems, constipation/diarrhea, colds/influenza, dizziness, drug/alcohol/smoking addiction, fatigue, headache/migraine, heart problems, high blood pressure, immune system deficiency, menopausal discomfort/pre-menstrual syndrome, paralysis/numbness, skin problems, sexual dysfunction, stress, stroke rehabilitation, and tendonitis.