Acupuncture is a form of healing art from the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). For countless years it was discounted by traditional Western medicine, and the practice of it in the US was largely unregulated. In 1971 a journalist named James Reston returned to America following their time in China and had an article published in the New York Times. This led to a growing interest in Acupuncture among patients and physicians for its use in treating a variety of sources of pain. It’s often used for neck and back pain, headaches, migraines, and osteoarthritis/knee pain. Further treatments have been explored for addressing nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and pain resulting from chemotherapy.
Discovering Acupuncture Options For Pain
The first records of the use of Acupuncture are from 3,500 before the beginnings of Western medicine. The fundamental foundation of Acupuncture includes needles, heat, and pressure applied to specific areas of the body. The underlying theory is that these techniques redirect natural energy throughout the body, clearing imbalances and blockages and allowing it to flow freely. What is known and supported by the National Institute of Health is that it effectively relieves back, neck, and knee pain, including osteoarthritis. It has also provided meaningful relief from migraines and tension headaches. Patients who experience this relief will visit their treatment specialist regularly to create and maintain a sense of well-being.
When you’re looking for an acupuncture provider, check to ensure they have the following credentials:
- ACAOM – Accreditation Commission For Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- CCAOM – Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- NCCAOM – National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Of these three, the one accepted by most states is the NCCAOM, which is the most likely for you to find on a qualified individual. Our acupuncture provider is certified by this organization and ready to provide care. Insurance providers don’t always cover Acupuncture, so you must check in with yours to determine what coverage is available and its details. Some questions you can ask include:
- How many treatments are covered by my plan?
- How much is covered by my plan?
- What is my co-pay per visit?
- Do you cover my preferred acupuncturist?
- Is a referral from my PCP necessary?
- What conditions does my plan cover for treatment with Acupuncture?
Asking these questions will help ensure you get the treatment you need without unpleasant and unexpected additional expenses.
Call Alternative Health Center of The Woodlands For Acupuncture Care
If you’re ready to experience the healing effects of Acupuncture, and relief from your chronic pain symptoms, reach out to the Alternative Health Center of the Woodlands today. When you call our office in The Woodlands at (281) 419-9104, you’ll take the first step to meaningful relief from your pain. Your appointment will include a complete exam and a consultation about your symptoms. You’ll devise an effective treatment plan with our team to provide meaningful relief from your symptoms. Don’t let the pain continue to impact your life. Come to see us and see if Acupuncture is the treatment that will finally ease your struggles.