If your doctor has prescribed you a round of acupuncture, and you are wondering what it is or what purpose it serves, wonder no more. Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy involving insertion of thin needles through the skin, at specific points, to various depths. This treatment is based on the premise that there are patterns of energy flow (Qi) throughout the body that are essential for good health, the disruption of which causes diseases. Acupuncture is meant to correct the imbalances of energy flow at identifiable points of the body close to the skin. This therapy has therapeutic benefits such as alleviation of the nausea that is normally caused by chemotherapy, post operative dental pain and pain relief from headaches and migraines among others. Discussed below are the benefits to be derived from acupuncture in Honolulu.
Acupuncture therapy has been used to successfully relieve chronic back pain, migraine headaches and fibromyalgia among others. Study reveals that acupuncture is more effective in the treatment of pain than placebo. Moreover, acupuncture is conceived to be twice as effective as prescription drugs in the management of arthritis related pain and chronic headaches.
Supplementing conventional medication
Acupuncture therapy facilitates the effectiveness of certain prescription drugs such as Prozac. For instance, the use of a small dosage of Prozac in combination with acupuncture is equally as effective as a full dosage of the drug. In addition, acupuncture has been proven to be an effective alternative to the use of prescription drugs for people suffering from specific health conditions such as chronic pain.
Reducing side effects of medication
Certain medications including Prozac will cause side effects such as nausea, diminished sex drive, and weight gain. However, if these drugs are used together with acupuncture, the said side effects are significantly reduced. Moreover, acupuncture effectively reduces the side effects that are normally associated with radiation and chemotherapy while treating cancer patients.
If you are looking for a therapist specializing in acupuncture in Honolulu, look no further. Contact Dr. Bernard Portner at Portner Orthopedic Rehabilitation. He specializes in orthopedic medicine and non-surgical orthopedics, particularly acupuncture at Portner Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Honolulu. For more information, go to portnerorthopedic.com.
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