Are you frustrated with traditional medicine options? Would you like a treatment option which is painless? Look no further, Acupuncture is your answer. As a physician, Dr. Melissa A. Delgado incorporates the use of Acupuncture as a component of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).

Acupuncture – Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body, including the insertion of very thin metal needles though the skin. Acupuncture is intended to remove blockages in the flow of qi (pronounced “chee”) to restore and maintain health.

Chinese Herbs Available – Dr. Delgado has chosen Evergreen Herbs to bring the body back into balance. This works well in conjunction with Acupuncture.

What Is Acupuncture And How Does It Work?
The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal life energy called Chi or Qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as this energy flows freely throughout the meridians, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occur. Imagine rivers that flood and cause disasters or an electrical grid short-circuiting that causes blackouts. Acupuncture works to “re-program” and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on the meridians in order to free up the Chi energy. Fine needles are used to stimulate these points along specific meridians or channels, thus unblocking the energy and allowing it to flow freely. These needles are disposable stainless steel and are very thin.

Battlefield Protocol for Chronic pain
Dr. Delgado received a certificate of training by Dr. Niemtzow, the founder of Battlefield Acupuncture in April 2011. She has been successfully practicing this unique technique since then, and has achieved outstanding clinical results in the immediate and long term reduction of pain. Battlefield Acupuncture is an Auricular Therapy (Ear acupuncture) protocol that was invented by Dr. Richard Niemtzow, MD. Relief occurs, Dr. Niemtzow says, in 80 to 90 percent of cases; typically is immediate; and may last from minutes to months, depending on the length of stimulation and the patient’s pathology. He reports that he has seen his technique work for all types of pain–including that of fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, headaches, and arthritis–and in many patients who did not respond to Western pain medicines

Treatable Conditions to name a few: chronic back pain, chronic pelvic pain, acute pain, migraine headaches, Restless leg syndrome, seasonal allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cycle issues, infertility, heartburn, stress and anxiety reduction.

Is Acupuncture Painful?
The short answer is no. Small, fine needles are used for acupuncture. Sometimes a little prick is felt when the needle is inserted, then followed by a numbing, tingling sensation. This is desirable because it means the needle is in the correct place.

Frequency and Duration of Acupuncture Treatments:
The duration and frequency of treatment depends upon many factors. A major consideration is the severity and duration of the complaint. Normally, treatments are twice a week until some improvements have been maintained. The treatments are then scheduled biweekly, then monthly, and eventually there is only a need for a check-up every two or three months.

How Soon Can Acupuncture Results Be Expected?
The result of treatment depends upon several factors. The severity and duration of symptoms may vary and is individualistic. Many patients experience relief right away, while others may notice improvement in several days. Sometimes, improvement of symptoms results after 6-7 treatment sessions.

What To Expect After Each Treatment:
This depends on the severity and duration of the complaint. Most commonly immediate relief and relaxation occur. At times, one may experience worsening of symptoms and then relief later or the symptoms may suddenly feel worse and progressively better. Sudden worsening of symptoms is a transient feeling and relief will shortly follow.

Other Factors That Influence Acupuncture Treatments:
Menstruation, weather conditions such as storms, or concurrent illness may affect the treatment outcome.

Does Acupuncture Have Side Effects?
•   Drowsiness occurs after treatment in a small number of patients and, if affected, you are advised not to drive.
•   Minor bleeding or bruising occurs after Acupuncture in about 3% of treatments.
•   Pain during treatment occurs in about 1% of treatments.
•   Fainting can occur in certain patients, particularly at the first treatment.
•   Relaxation
•   Better, deeper nights rest or sleep
•   Does not interact with medications

Preparation For Acupuncture:
To gain the most benefit from your Acupuncture treatment today, please follow the guidelines listed below for 8 hours before/ 24-48 hours after your Acupuncture treatment time:
•   Do not engage in excessive physical activity (including sexual activity).
•   Do not eat or drink anything very hot or very cold.
•   Do not eat a heavy meal. Try ½ of your typical meal.
•   Do not abstain from eating. Try not to present for your appointment hungry.
•   Do not drink alcohol or smoke.
•   Do not take pain medication the day of your treatment.
•   Try to be even and calm the day of your treatment; decrease mental stress as much as possible.

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