Originating in China more than 4,000 years ago and now used worldwide, acupuncture is an ancient method of treating medical problems by restoring balance. "Medical acupuncture" is acupuncture that is practiced by our licensed, western-trained physicians. Based on the belief that pain states arise when the body's "chi" (or inner energy) is out of sync, acupuncture involves inserting extremely thin, flexible needles of varying sizes into certain points of the body to restore the balance of chi and treat pain states.
Acupuncture is one of the safest treatments in all of medicine. Most people find it to be painless and often don't even notice the needle insertion. Other patients report a deep "grabbing" sensation after the needle is inserted, which is called "de qi" or "grabbing of the chi."
Some patients may benefit from treatment immediately. Usually, full therapeutic effects will be felt after five - six treatment sessions. At Mount Sinai, board-certified physicians licensed to practice acupuncture administer treatments.
Acupuncture to Treat a Range of Conditions
While acupuncture is often associated with pain control, in the hands of a well-trained practitioner it has much broader applications. Medical acupuncture is a system that can promote overall wellbeing and aid in the treatment of conditions that include:
- Frozen Shoulder
- Joint Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Nicotine Dependency
- Tennis Elbow
- Weight Problems