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What is Acupuncture? acupuncture.jpg

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body using hair-fine needles for the purpose of rebalancing bodily disharmonies. These points have been mapped by the Chinese for over two thousand years. 

Acupuncture points may be stimulated by pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation in addition to or in place of needle insertion. Studies show that acupuncture stimulates the immune system, triggers the release of endorphins (the body's natural pain killer) and boosts the production of red and white blood cells. It regulates the flow of the body's energy.

acupuncture1.jpg What problems can be treated with acupuncture?

As stated on the World Health Organization's web site:

1.  Ear, nose and throat disorders, such as toothaches, pain after tooth extraction, ear aches, sinus inflammation, nasal inflammation or dryness.

2.  Respiratory disorders, such as uncomplicated bronchial asthma in children or adults.

3.  Gastrointestinal disorders such as digestive tract problems, hiccups, inflammation of the stomach, chronic duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the colon, constipation, diarrhea, dysentery caused by certain bacteria.

4.  Eye disorders such as inflammation of the conjunctiva or central retina, nearsightedness (in children), and uncomplicated cataracts.

5.  Nervous system and muscular disorder such as headaches, migraines, certain facial paralysis or nerve pain, partial weakness after a stroke, inflammation of nerve endings, bed wetting, frozen shoulder, tennis elbow, sciatica, low back pain, and osteoarthritis.

What to expectacup_needle.jpg?

Acupuncture needles are fine as a human hair.  The needles are left in place for 20 to 40 minutes, during which time the patient usually relaxes with a heating pad, while soft music plays.  In the areas where you are especially tight, electrodes are often attached to the needles inducing a study vibration.  This vibration feels like a gentle massage.  The number and frequency of treatments you will have will vary.  Some symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while others may take four to ten treatments.  Your body chemisty, your particulr problem, and the length of time that you have been ill will play a role in determining the number and frequency of your acupunture treatments.

Dr. Ella Ashabi uses only sterile disposable needles.

To book your acupuncture appointment or to have any questions answered about the treatment, please call Dr. Ella Ashabi at (949) 955-9499.

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